Three Country Tour on an Electric Motorcycle – Florida Westward

JUN 21 2015 BY BEN RICH 5

Map of my Florida route heading West.

Map of my Florida route heading West.

I rode 454 miles today, a new record for me! It took 17 hours, but I finally broke the 400 mile barrier. I had hit 392 and 391 miles before, but never managed to top 400 in one day. I’m glad that’s over!

Todays ride featured I-95 and I-10 from Titusville to Jacksonville past Tallahassee to Defuniak Springs, FL. Early in the day I stopped at Fields BMW of Daytona for my first charge and they already had their i3 plugged in. Apparently 2 vehicles charging was too much for their circuit, and it tripped the breaker switch. So I lost a half hour of time while the station was off and my bike wasn’t charging. However, I happened to check the Chargepoint App and noticed something was wrong. The BMW guys flipped the switch, unplugged the car while I was there, and let me charge at full speed.

Chargepoint app informing me something went wrong.

Chargepoint app informing me something went wrong.

Then I headed to Jacksonville to meet up with fellow Zero SR owner Bill Bortzfield. We had a great lunch at the Jacksonville Waterfront at an Irish pub. Then we got the chance to ride together for a short time as I made my way west on I-10.

Riding with Bill Bortzfield in Jacksonville.

Riding with Bill Bortzfield in Jacksonville.

The rest of the day included riding along I-10, which is boring, and charging at Rountree-Moore Nissan in Lake City, A Stone’s Throw RV Park in Drifton, then Rahal-Miller Nissan in Marianna, FL. Not much interaction at the last three charging stations. I guess people would rather not be at work on Saturday.

Rahal-Miller Nissan charging after hours.

Rahal-Miller Nissan charging after hours.

Now it’s time to get some sleep before visiting friends in Louisiana. Wonder if I’ll wrestle an alligator?

Charging in the hotel meeting room at the end of the day.

Charging in the hotel meeting room at the end of the day.

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5 Comments on "Three Country Tour on an Electric Motorcycle – Florida Westward"

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Mister G

How did you manage to get permission to park your bike in a hotel meeting room?

Tom Moloughney

My guess is he shows up with that ear to ear grin and sweet talks himself in.

Keep it up Ben – looking forward to your updates!

Airton Azevedo

Looks like he keeps that bike nice and clean too, once Ben says no gas no oil here! (belt drive to boot) they are cool with it.