Three Country Tour on an Electric Motorcycle – Gulf States

JUN 22 2015 BY BEN RICH 5

Alabama is the third new state I collected on this ride.

Alabama is the third new state I collected on this ride.

Rode through after a 17 hour ride yesterday that took me 454 miles, I gave myself an extra 45 minutes to sleep, so today I started at 8am instead of the usual 7am. I thought it would be a relatively easy day, but soon discovered that traveling by EV on Sunday has different rules.

The ride started off just fine with a stop at Sandy Sansing Nissan in Pensacola. Nobody was there since it was Sunday, but that’s no big deal. However, I had to walk quite a distance to find a restaurant that was open. There’s nothing like starting your morning at Whataburger.

Then off to BMW of Mobile to charge at a Chargepoint station and better food options at McAlister’s Deli with Wifi and a place to plug in. At every stop I’m looking for a place to plug in my computer, phone & camera, Wifi and food. This was a great spot!

 Mississippi is the fourth new state I collected on this ride.

Mississippi is the fourth new state I collected on this ride.

After that I took another short hop to Pat Peck Nissan in Gulfport, and this is where it gets interesting. There are 2 more Nissan dealers between Gulfport and my destination, however they both have gates to close their lot after hours. Being on a motorcycle I could probably find a way to ride onto their property and get a charge, but that’s not the kind of person I am.

NESTE attempt to cross the USA on 1 tank of biodiesel passed me on I-12 just north of New Orleans.

NESTE attempt to cross the USA on 1 tank of biodiesel passed me on I-12 just north of New Orleans.

Louisiana is the fifth new state I collected on this ride.

Louisiana is the fifth new state I collected on this ride.

So I called a couple of RV Parks. The first one wanted to charge me $10 to plug in for an hour. I’m okay with paying $5 for $1.50 of electricity, but $10 is a bit of a stretch. Then I called Callahan RV Park in Callahan,LA and they let me charge for free. I have met the nicest folks at RV parks, both owners and people staying there.

I’ll always remember Callahan, LA as a place with a nice RV Park and a gas station decorated with deer heads mounted on the wall.

Met my friends at a restaurant where I had some traditional cajun food including white chocolate blueberry bread pudding. Now THAT’s how you end a day!

Map of my ride through the gulf states that took 11 hours.

Map of my ride through the gulf states that took 11 hours.

Map of all the states I have gone to on a Zero electric motorcycle.

Map of all the states I have gone to on a Zero electric motorcycle.

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Warren

Ben,

You are a better man than me. It is hot enough in Virginia now. I can’t imagine being where you are.

Ben

Thanks Warren! Yup, it’s H-O-T in the Bayou right now!

Nice meeting you this morning, Ben. Safe travels! Have fun the rest of the way.

Ben

Good to meet you, too George! Thanks for the chat and good luck with your LEAF. Happy travels!

Ben

Video from this leg of the journey:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGArcoqcitw