Showing posts from 2020

Upcoming Events: NDEW and more

National Drive Electric Week is September 26 to October 4, and there is finally a little bit of activity after a tough summer! The ongoing pandemic has kept us and The Blue Spirit close to home for most of the summer. I have another short Utah trip to post about; that will come a little later. Right now I want to let you know about some upcoming events, where you can meet up with us in person (at a safe distance!) or learn more about EVs. National Drive Electric Week in-person events have been severely curtailed this year as could be expected, but there are a couple of events on or near Route 66. There are online events as well, some with local information such as incentives by local and state governments. Please visit the NDEW web site to find out about online presentations in your area.
September 26: Kingman, Arizona
The Route 66 Electric Vehicle Association was founded recently by "EV Jerry" Asher and Jim Stack, as a brand new chapter of the Electric Auto Association. The E…

Utah Day Trip

With travel still being mostly discouraged, there hasn't been very much to write about for Electric Route 66, but we did manage to take a single-day short trip to Utah on June 7. I hope you enjoy this account and our photos. Stay safe, everyone!

Utah is closed on Sunday

June 7 was a Sunday, so you might think it strange that we would decide to visit Utah when it's closed. OK, Utah is not technically closed, but a higher-than-average number of things in Utah are indeed closed on Sunday due to its religious makeup composed of a very high percentage of Latter-Day Saints members. But this trip was basically just a cruise, to get out of the house for a change in scenery. We weren't planning on shopping or otherwise interacting with many people or businesses.

Despite owning The Blue Spirit for almost 2 years, we still had not yet ventured into Utah with it, even though it lies just 100 miles away from home and there are no issues with Tesla charging infrastructure to stop us. We …

First road trip of the year

February 21-22 marked our first weekend trip onto Route 66 for 2020. I had planned for this post to be the first in a series about several short trips we intended to make, but the recent pandemic has shut down much of the country and it doesn't look like there will be any more trips for a while! We hope to get back on the road as soon as conditions allow. For now, I hope you enjoy this account of our first Route 66 road trip of the year.

Northern Arizona Route 66 weekender
Route 66 in northern Arizona is among the closest places to access Route 66 from our home in Las Vegas, Nevada, so we took a short weekend trip to check out the route and see how things are going in 2020. Our first Route 66 destination was Kingman. While there we met up with a friend, Route 66 proponent and author Jim Hinckley. Jim is involved in the promotion of Route 66, showcasing Kingman and many other Route 66 locales, guiding travelers, and also provides expertise for the promotion of businesses both on and…

Happy New Year!

I know things have been slow of late on this site. Rest assured, it is just the off season, both for Route 66 and road tripping in general. The Blue Spirit has mostly stayed close to home and everyday life has taken precedence. We hope to take a few weekend trips in the coming weeks and I'll report on those as they develop. Later on, the annual Route 66 Fun Run is coming up again in May, from Seligman to Topock in Arizona, and we plan to be there once again. The Blue Spirit will be taking the drive, and if we can manage it we will try to drive Sparky Sparky Boom Car as well! Feasibility will depend on whether any more fast chargers go online in northwest Arizona between now and then, as Sparky has a range of just 82 miles and does not charge very quickly at Level 2.

For today, I hope you enjoy this photo of a 2015 Tesla Model S P85D, taken near Stewarts Point at Lake Mead. The Blue Spirit was in service briefly in January, and Tesla provided this car to us as a loaner vehicle.