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- Oct 17, 2018
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Hi Louv“We can be heroes,
just for one day.”
– David Bowie
As of today, I’ve been on the road for a month. I’ve reached the halfway point in this drive, having crossed the beautiful frozen landscapes surrounding the Trans-Canada Highway, enjoyed the always-stunning Redwood forests and Pacific vistas from Washington state to Southern California, and even hopped out to Maui to wiggle my toes in the sand.
I’ve had many hours to ponder along this adventure. It’s really about people. Visits with dear friends, and family. Meeting new people everywhere I go. Discussing electric cars, charging infrastructure, new technologies, and how fortunate we are to live in this era. Being invited into the lives of strangers and new friends. Generous, random, wonderful offers of lunches, beers, and local tolls.
How fortunate I am to be able to drive this car. How fortunate I am to have the time available to embark on such an adventure. How fortunate I am to have wonderful, caring cat sitters so I can hit the road for seven weeks. None of this is lost on me.
So it nags at my mind, as the miles pass, how do I make this trip matter? Actually Matter. Yes, it’s entertaining for many. That’s a good start. Perhaps (and hopefully) educational for the people soon to buy this car, soon to buy any electric vehicle, or those who haven’t even yet considered the transition to an EV. Maybe even beneficial to Porsche, ElectrifyAmerica, and other EV infrastructure companies.
I think we can—together—make a difference.
So, standing briefly in this unexpected spotlight, in my 15 minutes of fame, I humbly ask:
If this adventure has entertained, enlightened, or educated you, please take a moment to make a donation to make the world a better place.
Of whatever amount you wish.
One charity that is near and dear to my heart is MSF: “Médecins Sans Frontières”, also known in the US and Canada as “Doctors Without Borders”.
MSF provides medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. Their teams are made up of tens of thousands of health professionals, logistic, and administrative staff - most of them hired locally. Their actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence, and neutrality.
I worked for MSF briefly in 2016, managing the non-medical aspects of a Recovery Hospital for Syrian War wounded in the Za’atari Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan. The people I met—MSF employees, ex-pats and locals, other NGO workers, the refugees, and the patients who we were there to assist—were truly wonderful, kind, and amazing. It was an unforgettable life experience.
If MSF isn’t a charity that you choose to support, or if you want to make a local difference, perhaps consider a donation to your local Animal Shelter & Rescue organizations. Two of my favorites—having volunteered at both—are the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, and the Humane Society of Silicon Valley.
And to sweeten the pot, allow me to make this pledge: I will match your donations... dollar for dollar... Up to a limit of the odometer reading when my Taycan and I arrive home in Maine at the end of this adventure.
Some links are provided below. If you choose to donate, send me a note, telling me the amount. I’ll summarize the donations at the end of my adventure.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity. Thank you for joining me on this adventure.
Think globally, act locally.
(while driving in a big circle).
Checking out the "Marfa Lights"? Or, putting a driver's car through its paces in the mountains of West Texas? Doubt charging infrastructure will allow you to continue on US90 through Del Rio, Tx ; but I-10 should be scenic as well.Tomorrow begins a couple of long haul days across the Southwest. (San Diego to Marfa, TX) I expect to have some free time to answer more questions, if you’ve still got any.
Checking out the Art in Marfa.Checking out the "Marfa Lights"? Or, putting a driver's car through its paces in the mountains of West Texas? Doubt charging infrastructure will allow you to continue on US90 through Del Rio, Tx ; but I-10 should be scenic as well.
Hello Yuma. I’m going to need a really full battery to make it to the next charging station along my chosen route. There is some risk as I’ll be arriving with a low battery in an area without much “backup”.
In “normal” driving mode the car doesn’t think this is possible... or maybe just not recommended. In “range” mode, it seems ok with my plan. It’s 187 miles of 70-80 mph freeway.
Cross your fingers.
Question about finger prints. When I test drove the Gentian Blue, I noticed a healthy amount near the handles and trunk. Not sure if there were there, my hands were atypically oily, or something else. How do you see this car and fingerprints?LOL. I’ve washed the car twice. Once with a pressure washer east of Calgary to get a thick coating of road salt off of it. Once in a parking lot—while getting a level 2 charge—with a spray bottle and a bunch of microfiber towels. I was waiting for my ex-wife to meet me for lunch.
But, the car has been washed four other times. Each time I stop in and visit a Porsche dealership, they’ve very kindly offered to wash the car for me.
Actually, I've got the same question, but relative to the center console. How are the smudges/fingerprints?Question about finger prints. When I test drove the Gentian Blue, I noticed a healthy amount near the handles and trunk. Not sure if there were there, my hands were atypically oily, or something else. How do you see this car and fingerprints?
You will definitely want to carry a microfiber towel in the car. Recharge stops are perfect times to wipe the fingerprints off the two center console screens. It’s most obvious in bright sunshine.Actually, I've got the same question, but relative to the center console. How are the smudges/fingerprints?
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