When you see the south side of the California Agricultural Inspection Station, you are at the Nevada State Line.
Nevada state line sign, with the Local Sheriff watching incoming Californians.
A few feet into Nevada is our next
stop at the "Gardnerville" Tesla Supercharger. It is still about
18 miles to Gardnerville, and there is not a Tesla Supercharger in
Gardnerville, but this state-line Supercharger has a Gardnerville street
address. Note the Nevada gas prices as we plug in for our 10
cents a mile charge.
Gardnerville/state line Tesla Superchargers.
Return Trip to Orange County from Hot August Nights, Saturday, August 5, 2023 with Summary of Tesla Tip Statistics
started our 500-mile trip home by taking McCarran from the Nugget around the
east side of Reno. We repeat our same charging stops as we used
coming up. Our first charge was at Gardnerville/State Line
"Tesla Lounge" at the Gardnerville Tesla Supercharger with Topaz Lake view.
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A few yards past the Gardnerville Tesla Supercharger is the Nevada/California state line and Mono County Line and California Inspection Station through which we were waved.
Since it was Sunday, no roadwork was taking place and the automated lights at one-lane areas were essential.
We noticed more snow in the Sierra than we had seen in August in decades because of the record snowfall of the past winter.
Our stop for a charge at Mammoth was busier on this Saturday than on our Wednesday visit.
This time we walked to the nearby Starbucks for restrooms and a moment in their A/C.
Next charge was at Lone Pine where, during charging, we walked to MacDonalds.
year before we had seen a lot of smoke from fires to the west, but
this small fire was very near 395 and as we got closer we could see
ground zero. At this point we saw a water bearing helicopter and
firetrucks near the highway. On those earlier, more smoky, trips
in a Tesla X we used the biohazard setting and did not even smell the
This was the only area that looked like sand dunes north of Inyokern.
Since Tesla Superchargers are never marked with signage, look for this gas station/country market as year its location.
Enter on the west/right side and the newest cabinets will be behind the adjacent gas pumps.
The dark blue Tesla's occupants were patching a large hole in the windshield with clear tape.
Luckily for this Tesla Model X, there was a pull-through cabinet so he could charge without unhooking.
As we walked by the RIVIAN chargers, I recorded the info. on the
electrical cabinet for future RIVIAN drivers headed here. Are
RIVIAN chargers shown on the vehicle's internal computer/dash like
Highway 395 south of Inyokern is mostly 2 lanes with passing lanes in
hilly sections. Farther south toward I-15 there are sections of
We saw this boat on the way north, 3 days earlier, but it was piled
high with stuff. Now the stuff was gone, but the boat was still
here. Wonder who now has the stuff and if the boat owner will
Take the Randsburg turnoff sometime and enjoy the "Living Ghost Town", the General Store serves sandwiches and drinks.
Recently I took a photo safari in our Tesla there and you might enjoy the photos from there:
Click the photos above or link below to go to my Randsburg photos.
Last Tesla Supercharger before home at Hesperia.
Trip Charging Record
The most asked questions after I take a road trip with our Tesla is:
1. How long does it take to charge.
14 minutes average per stop (We took longer to eat and restroom)
The quickest way to get to your destination is to charge more often,
but for a shorter times. Tesla says to charge when the battery is
at 20% or more and charge to up to 80%. to reach your destination
quickest. Put the Tesla Supercharger in the car's computer as
your next destination and car car will compare the battery on the way
for the quickest charging.
2. How much did it cost, is it cheaper than gas?
Total cost for the 983 miles = $84.64 or 9 cents per mile.
Our gas mini-van gets 18.8 mpg and would have cost 27 cents per mile or
That's 68% less than gas.
3. What is the Miles Per Gallom equivalent of your Tesla 3 Standard Range +
August Nights in Sparks and Reno Nevada
Sunset view eastward from our 27th floor room in the Casino Tower of the Nugget Casino Resort Hotel in Sparks, NV.
Room on the north side of the 27th floor in the Casino Tower allows for a view of the parking structure below and eastward.
View from our window of the Victoria Square cruise route below with the
grandstands running right to In-N-Out - white building on right.
Half way through the route, between the cruise route and I-80 is a stage. The act Friday night was a tribute to Neil Diamond.
We left the Tesla parked in the
parking structure plugged into one of the four Tesla Destination
chargers provided to guests for free charging.
We walked down to Victoria Square for In-N-Out and watched the nightly cruise with our hotel in the background.
Swap Meet at the Livestock Event Center parking lot
The next day, Thursday, we went to the Swap Meet.
Different style of hats for sale this year compared to the one I bought a few years ago.
1947 Chevrolet Style Master $4,000 OBO (Or Best Offer means you can get it for less)
Some vendors at the Swap Meet bring barn finds, some run, some don't, but they are all old.
1931 Ford "Delx" $11,500 OBO
If you want a vehicle you can drive in the cruise at night, check inside the Livestock Events Center.
Grand Sierra Resort (GSR) Show Cars
Several Casino Hotels in Reno and Sparks including The Atlantis,
The Peppermill, and the Grand Sierra Resort (above) host show-and-shines.
This photo is from their reserved Media parking at the GSR, a short
walk to the show cars parked in their lot.
There is something for everyone at Hot August Nights, even an Offenhauser in a Model A!
This Ford station wagon, trailer-with-a-boat is there every year and still one of a kind.
My buddy in high school, Louie Tracy, sold Edsels for a while and brought one out to our farm this same color and year.
The vertical grill and push button gears in the center of the steering wheel were new designs.
The fellow in the center was
driving this '56 Chevy here when the right front tread came off and
went through the front of the car taking out the headlight, parking
light and part of the grille. The tire did not lose pressure and
he was able to get it safely off I-80. He had a hard time finding
a 15 inch tire, however.
1956 T-Bird Sunset Coral
1954 Chevrolet Corvette White
As the story goes in my hometown of
Hayden, Indiana, a fellow returned from the Korean War and
bought himself a '54 Corvette, white. We had not seen
anything like this ever in Hayden!
This car had many accessories of the time including "authentic Indian blanket seat covers".
"Precious Metal" or "Automotive Art"
We had lunch at a Wendy's and local Bob enjoyed talking with Fred about military vehicles and other classics.
Thursday night we left the Tesla parked at the Nugget and walked down to the cruise in Sparks.
Bobby has been a permanent fixture at the Sparks cruises for years, "Dancin' in the Streets"
Had a college friend in college, Ed Riley, who had a car like this.
T-bird's answer to the Corvette.
1958 Chevy, post big fin era.
These light rings are getting popular and were on this '57 Chevy with a Buick grille.
Perfect weather for convertibles
Popular '57 Chevy hardtop
Extra long woody
Chopped top Mercury
Enjoying the weather and the cars in Sparks.
Classy Packard convertible with enough lights to light up a runway
Sinclair poster child
Neil Diamond Tribute
Friday morning at Hot August Nights - view from the 27th floor of the
Union Pacific rail yards next to The Nugget with Grand Sierra Resort in the
The Nugget reserves the top floor of their parking structure for registered show cars which makes it a nice car show in itself.
Panel trucks are quite rare.
National Automobile Museum, Reno
Even though The National Automobile Museum has been in downtown Reno for years, we had not visited it until this year.
I love "Precious Metal" as a description of classic cars and the NAM logo is just as neat.
It is impossible to get an overall shot of the Museum because there are
4 galleries, 4 streets, a theater, changing exhibit area and gift shop.
Early Electric Vehicles and Teslas
World Speed Record holder for electric-powered vehicle from 1974 to 1997.
I was surprised and pleased to see that Tesla had several vehicles in the Museum.
Perhaps because Tesla has a battery factory in Reno.
With the screen in the middle, all those Teslas made for the right hand drive part of the world do not have to move the screen.
I understand this museum started as Harrah's Collection.
My aunt had one of these DeSotos, same color, with the 3 pedals
set up for handicapped driving with her hands. It also had a side door to accept
an electric cart.
A painting when this sign was a block away on Virginia St.
But now the vintage sign is right outside the National Automobile Museum
The Truckee River runs along the side of the NAM.
Reno Downtown Show and Shine.
From the NAM we could walk one block, along the Truckee R. to Virginia St. for the Show and Shine.
1953 Pontiac - unrestored
1934 Plymouth Sedan Color: Sandstone and Radiant Fire
1931 Chevrolet Four-door Sedan Color: Rust
Motorsports Action Groups (MAG) Auction
Now for some indoor, air conditioned car viewing:
When is the last time you saw a 1946 Hudson Super Eight pickup?
1932 Oakland Model 101
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1932 Ford Model A
This rare group of late 50s Fords, all with continental kits, caught my eye.
This '56 Crown Victoria was the most customized
Lisa Schmidt, 775-219-9984, was with the cars at the MAG Auction.
These cars were from her aunt and uncle's estate in Elko, Nevada.
Lisa, How did the sale go?
charging in Reno/Sparks, Nevada
The Nugget, 1000 Nugget Way, Sparks, Nevada - 2nd floor of the Parking
structure on the east side of the hotel. Destination Charger*
2. Pepper mill, 2707 S. Virginia Street , Reno, Nevada. Destination Charger*
Atlantis, 3800 S Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada. Tesla
Supercharger's not free, fast charge charged to your account.
4. Grand Sierra Resort (GSR) 2500 E 2nd St, Reno, NV Destination chargers*
Destination Charger: Park for a few hours or stay overnight. With
over 35,000 Wall Connectors at Destination Charging locations in both
urban and rural areas, there's likely a Tesla charging station waiting
for you at the end of your trip. Recharge at popular hotels,
restaurants and resorts. Charges about 30 mi/hr .
For the Reno Downtown Cruise, which runs Wednesday - Saturday nights,
we like to watch from the Truckee River bridge near this park and Space Whale**
sculpture and BELIEVE structure on River Walk on Virginia Street.
**The Space Whale is
a full scale stained glass humpback whale mother and calf. A monumental
testament to family, our relationships with nature, time and space and
our responsibility to preserve our environment. Originally appearing as
the Keyhole project at Burning Man 2016, The Space Whale now lives in
front of City Hall in Reno, NV.
Also a favorite spot for skateboarders, using the structures for them, and homeless.
View north from the Truckee River bridge on Virginia St. toward the RENO sign awaiting the 7 pm cruise.
View east of the Truckee from the Virginia St. bridge with more water than we've seen in years.
Excellent weather on the Virginia St. Bridge above the river on an August night.
General Motors leads the parade.
Photo processing experiment of selecting the subject and darkening the background in Lightroom.
Any pre-1979 convertible will do
Even from Europe
Even with a Coke cooler trailer
After sunset, I like to get a photo of the current RENO sign during the cruise.
I crossed at a guarded crossing for a shot of stopped cruisers
Darkness brings out the extra added lighting
Our Tesla awaits under the old RENO sign a block away
Keep the full power of the sun charging your Tesla - Solar Panel Cleaning
Panel cleaning is similar to a Fuel Filter Cleaning on an I.C.E. (Internal
Combustion Engine) car since our two Teslas, our home air
conditioning, and nighttime usage are all powered by our 56 solar panels with some credit
beyond our usage every day.