Three Country Tour on an Electric Motorcycle – New Jersey
The longest day of my journey takes me home through the wilds of central PA. I knew this would be a tricky day because there are very few charging stations along I-80 in Pennsylvania. My normal method of finding charging stations, Plugshare, showed me a vast expanse with little or no charging options. However the other app I use to find RV Parks, called RVParky, gave me hope.
Since it is the 4th of July weekend I knew the RV parks would be pretty full, so I called each one ahead of time to make sure there was a 50 amp connection available. It turns out this was a great idea, because I would have been stranded had I not done it.
My first stop was actually at a Service Plaza in Ohio that has 50 amp connections. This is unique to Ohio (and it would have made my ride significantly easier if there were more!). Of course, all of the posts were filled up with campers. However, several of them were using the 30 amp connection, which left the 50 amp connection open. So I just plugged in to the same post as a camper.
Some folks came out of their RV nearby, but the folks in the camper that shared the post I was connected to stayed inside. I wasn’t sure if they would be upset about my plugging in next to them or not. Thankfully I didn’t have to find out.
The rest of the day was filled with riding for an hour and a half, then charging at an RV park for an hour and a half. The owners were gracious and only one charged me for the electricity. It came to $1.50. The only tricky part of the day was when I arrived at the last RV Park of the day it was 9pm, so people were suspicious of me hanging out with my motorcycle in an “empty” lot. The owner was called 3 times so she came by and we exchanged pleasantries since we had already spoken on the phone. It may have been a bad scene if I had just shown up unannounced…
I started at 6:45am and arrived at my house in NJ at 11:45pm, so the entire journey took exactly 17 hours to travel 475 miles. But that also means that traveling 475 miles cost $1.50!
It is a little frustrating having to wait 1.5 hours for a charge. I don’t necessarily need to travel much farther and I like taking a break every 100 miles or so, but it would be significantly better if I could charge up in 30 minutes.
Arriving at home was a bit bittersweet because I have to wake up tomorrow at 5:30am to ride to CT for a work engagement. That will last a week, then I’ll ride up to Canada to complete my journey.
Pretty soon, I’ll need new tires.