This is the longest we have been away from our grandbaby, Blaire. We asked Lauryl and Neal to FedEx her to us for the remainder of the trip. We decided to send her 5 day ground rather overnight in order to save a few bucks.
The charge at the Hampton Inn was not crucial as we had more than enough “miles” shown on our dash indicator to make it back to the Penfield charger, but the overnight charging gave us an extra boost and reduced the charge time needed at the library.For any of you thinking of EVing, and I recommend that you do, I think most motels have some type of receptacle that can be used for overnight charging. You can call ahead and ask, and simply state that other hotels provide receptacles if the desk person seems unsure.
Back at the Penfield library, we had a comfortable, relaxing place to work on blogs and reading (remember that Deb has 40 books to review). From Penfield, our goal was to reach a AAA Car Care center on the north side of Buffalo. This would be our last charge before diving into the unknown of the Canadian wilderness.
While Deb was driving to Buffalo, I was fiddling with the navigation system in the car. There is a lot to learn. There are three ways to activate the system (touch screen, steering wheel and voice). As I punched, poked and spoked, a screen came up that tells us the local price of gasoline at nearby stations. I guess that is just for our amusement.The AAA Car Care center is a nice EV charging oasis that has an “internet cafe” with free coffee and tea, allowing us to further catch up on e-mail and blogging. The calm pace of the center was broken when Deb knocked a 3 foot tall stack of plastic cups over the floor, sending her and a couple of the staff into a frenzy. I was sitting in a nice lounge chair to the side, sipping my coffee, and enjoying their slapstick routine.
We finished charging and left for Niagara Falls. After all, it is our “honeymoon”. I made a reservation at a Hampton Inn at Niagara Falls on the Canadian side, and asked about plugging the car in. They checked with the engineering staff, who said they would find some way to accommodate us. We arrived in the late afternoon, and plugged in for the evening at a prime spot next to the building.We unloaded our things in the room, and went to the Rainbow Room restaurant on top of the Crowne Plaza for a gorgeous view of Niagara Falls. I informed our waitress, Lindsey, that this was our honeymoon. I also told Lindsey it was the second marriage for both of us, to which Deb quickly corrected that we had renewed our vows. It was a wonderful dinner as the sun went down with colored lights illuminating the falls, and the flashing glare of casinos lining the gorge.