The plan; 800 miles to check out Webasto upgrade progress on the previously incompatible (to the 2018 LEAF) QC stations along the Oregon Coast. My desired destination was Bandon, Oregon to spend a few hours wandering among the rocks on the beach. When you say it like that, it doesn't seem like much but its one of those experiences you really can't understand from pictures. You simply have to be there.
Goal; To see if I could maintain a decent charging speed of 30 KW by keeping my batt temps between 7 and 8 bars or under about 105º
For those of you that have minimal patience, I provide the following short version;
Castle Rock, WA
Cannon Beach, OR
Lincoln City, OR
Coos Bay, OR
For those of you who have a lot of time;
July 19th; The Beginning
As mentioned, I was recuperating from Eastern time which means I slept about 3 hours on my last day in Ohio being forced to wake up at 4 AM to insure getting to airport in time for my flight (That is 1 AM West Coast time btw) so naturally I slept 10½ hours Wednesday on my one day home before this trip but still managed to get up at 3:30 AM Thursday simply because I could not sleep any more. I had planned an early start but this was a bit ridiculous so I drank coffee for a bit and made sure I remembered everything and must have done a great job cause the only thing I forgot was my extra wall charger and the power cord for my Go Pro. Not too bad!
The Network Test; Part 2
What Webasto had been doing was commenting on Plugshare when each station was upgraded for 2018 compatibility but I noticed none of the stations along my route had these comments. So I decided to leave home with a full charge and top off at Castle Rock which would have given me enough range to make it to Tillamook with the idea that if the stations had not been updated, I would hang at the cheese factory while charging on Level 2 to make it to Lincoln City which for some reason, has always worked for the 2018's.
I did call tech support Wednesday and they did say that 6 stations were being upgraded that very day but it took time for Plugshare to post the info on the website. I wondered why the tech who did the upgrade couldn't comment on Plugshare as they completed each site but whatever. Lucky for me, the person who scheduled these upgrades was gone for the day so the person on the phone could not specify which stations had been done. They also mentioned that wildfires in the region had complicated the scheduling a bit so that pretty much told me the Northern part of my route was probably ok.
Castle Rock, WA
With the early start, I got there and Cascade Market was closed and I needed facilities BAD!! (too much coffee... WAY TOO MUCH!!) Unfortunately, there is no viable bush options in the area but luckily there was a lady at the laundromat next door. Despite the sign on the door proclaiming hours not starting till 7 AM, she was in there anyway. I guess what the sign really meant was "lights don't come on till 7 AM" but being this far North, there was more than enough light at 6 AM! But due to vandalism, the bathrooms were locked but she did tell me about a 24 hour gas station located on Front St a block away and sure enough Speedy Mart was open!! Keep this in mind folks. Castle Rock is the station least likely to be queued up with both Centralia and Tumwater the most likely. So now when you are there you can walk a block for relief, coffee and munchies!
Ok, so A & W wasn't all that long ago and I really wasn't hungry but I could not resist. So I walked up to the window (its kinda of an espresso stand with drive up on one side, walk up on the other) and asked the counter person "Do you have Hillary Clinton's head on the menu?" with as much of a straight face as I could and she just kinda looked at me like I was crazy. Guess being up on current events is not on her bucket list. 😊
But I did notice they had a very interesting menu and the more I looked, the hungrier I became. So I ordered the "Boo's Love" and I am so glad I did.