My new job has me working 10 hour shifts which has its good points and bad. Obviously I get a 3 day "weekend" every week. Mandatory overtime (which will happen) is not as bad when you still have 2 days off. I have 2 weekdays off which is good as my Son is starting the orthodontia phase of growing up and while not a lot of appointments are needed, its still nice to be able to take care of them along with other things during the week as opposed to doing errands along with everyone else on Saturday. Costco is never not crowded but at least its tolerable on a early Thursday afternoon.
But the bad things is you have little time to do much of anything else on those work days. Being blessed by living so far North, it is light for several hours when I get home after 6 PM which is a good thing so I can still enjoy some of the day but other than a quick BBQ, the options are limited.
So maybe it was a prelude to the first day of Summer but the weather during my 4 day workweek was absolutely outstanding! Temps in the mid 80's even touching 90º. I already decided early in the week it was time to get the canoe out and check it for leaks and do a lap or two around a local lake. For 3 days, I daydreamed at work about which lake to go to. I have half a dozen less than 10 miles away so choices abound. I was simply building up excitement without doing my proper preparation ( like checking the weather forecast) and that was a mistake.
So I am up early on my first of three days off Thursday morning nearly an hour before I would have had to get up on a work day and go busting out the front door to.... Clouds.... MILLIONS of Clouds. I have lived in WA 3 decades now and I know single layer wispy clouds that burn off by mid afternoon and this was not those kinds of clouds. Now I am surrounded by trees so I can't see even a smidge of horizon anywhere but if I could, I am confident that there would not have been a spec of blue sky anywhere. The quiet of the morning may seem like a blessing to most, but to me it meant no wind so the clouds weren't going anywhere!
Visions of the lake faded as I rummaged thru the medicine cabinet looking for my Vitamin D and even before I shook the empty bottle, I had a sudden realization that forgetting the shopping list never turns out well.
Well, in my job which is very physical, maintaining my health is very important so I decided if Vitamin D wasn't coming to me, I would go to it! With Ellensburg getting a new fast charger and being a place that is nearly ALWAYS Sunny, it was a win win. ROAD TRIP it was so I gathered up some water on ice, filled up the coffee mug, jumped into the car and...
Funny thing about unplanned road trips, EVs and the heat of Summer; For rational people they just don't mix. But then, I have rarely been accused of being rational so OFF I WENT!
Truth be told; the Summer heat is not a good thing for batteries especially the LEAF pack. Now the real killer is high SOC. The higher the temperature, the worse it gets and since batteries are simply chemical reactions, the detrimental effects of high SOC are accentuated by heat which also acts as a catalyst in most chemical reactions. Now, its quite easy to avoid high SOCs; but heat? not so much but being perfect is not really needed as long as you are very good most of the time so I have a standing policy to keep my SOC below 70% until the weather changes so NO full charges for me.
If you remember, I did the Ellensburg trip in April when it was cool so did leave with a full charge that morning which is also the last time my car has seen a full charge. But that trip was COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!
In several previous entries, I have tried to illustrate how inaccurate LEAF dash readings are and there will be several examples here. Notice the above claiming 45 miles of range. Since I do a reset every morning, we don't know the history of my recent past that would lend to this estimation although I will say my 23.6 mile round trip commute generally averages between 4.6 and 5.0 miles per kwh. For this trip I figure to average 4.6 to 4.8 miles per kwh. Elevation changes means I will adjust LEAF Spy a bit to insure range to make it to next charging station with a buffer (if possible)
So I arrive at Tacoma Mall and first thing you see is 4.7 miles per kwh, 22 estimated miles left after driving 24.3 miles so now the estimate is 46.3 miles which is really pretty much the same as when I left home, but....
Here LEAF Spy range estimate at the same 4.7 miles per kwh to 1% SOC says 36.1 miles. That is a significant difference especially if you are using the last few miles in your range calculations. Which is right?
LOL!! Kidding! We all know what the answer to that question is!
FYI; the food options here blow away the food around the SC! (Apparently, this station only good for Roadsters...Oh well!)