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Saturday, June 9, 2012

A Peaceful Drive Through The Delaware Water Gap

Here the Delaware River divides New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This picture is from the Pennsylvania side.



















The Delaware Water Gap is a National Recreation area that encompasses roughly 70,000 acres of land in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. At one point the Delaware River passes by  Mt. Minsi in Pennsylvania and Mt. Tammany in New Jersey and is the dividing line between the two states. It's about a 43 mile drive from my house in Chester, NJ which gives me just enough range to get there, drive around a bit and make it home without recharging. When I had the MINI-E I would visit the area every now and again because it's such a beautiful area.

There are tours, hiking, canoeing and historic places to visit there, but my favorite thing to do is just lower the windows turn off the radio and cruise around in my quiet AE. The roads are windy and usually empty so all I hear are my tires on the pavement and the sounds of nature as I roll along slowly and take in the views.  BMW may tell you that EV's are better suited for inner city driving - hell, they even gave the i3 the codename 'megacity car' but I still say the most enjoyable place to drive them is in windy rural roads. There is no other noise to interfere with your driving pleasure other than birds, rushing river water and crickets at night.

We stopped a few times for some pictures and to get some coffee and then headed home. The trip odometer said we drove 91 miles and the state of charge was at 8%, pretty much right on a 100 mile range which is pretty good since about 80% of the driving was at highway (70-75mph) speeds. Unfortunately I don't think many other ActiveE drivers could make it to the Gap because of the range. There probably aren't many electronauts that live as far West in New Jersey as I do. I know Chris Neff and Rory Cupen, fellow electronauts who live near me could also make it, but that's all I can think of that live far enough West to do it. It's too bad because in my opinion it's a great place to drive around in an EV. Hopefully they will put a couple charging stations up there and then others could make the trip and enjoy it as I do. In fact, thinking about it now I'm going to contact the tourism department there and see if I can help inspire them to do just that!

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful area there! I look forward to my daily drive along the Delaware...too bad it's much further south from Trenton to Washington Crossing. Went tubing/kayaking last year in Frenchtown when the river was raging after hurricane Irene and had a blast.

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  2. Really beautiful there Tom. It reminds me of a few places here in Colorado. I have to say I am surprised nobody else is there, more people should be out there enjoying it as you are. Keep up the great work I love following your blogs. They are both informative and entertaining. :)

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  3. How far is it from Nauna's? I'd like to go there after some nice Italian lunch.

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    1. It's about 60 miles from Nauna's Don. You would need to stop at my house and charge up on the way if you wanted to go there. Of course you are welcome to charge up at my house anytime!

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  4. You seem to be completely unaffected by pushing he range to the limit. I don't know if I would drive 45 miles away from my house it it only had roughly a 100 mile range. I think I'd feel a lot better if I had an extended range electric car. Don't you worry about not making it back?

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    1. As Stuart posted below, no I don't worry about it. You are (understandably) speaking like someone that has never owned an electric vehicle. Once you've had one for a while, you come to grips with the range and then you really stop worrying about it. Before I set out I knew the car could make the round trip and even if I hit a detour I could still make it. If you find yourself on a trip where you may push the range to the limit you can simply drive more efficiently and stretch out a few more miles. I never really worry about running out anymore.

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  5. Never ... you quickly get use to the useable range.

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  6. I just got this ride - I worry that it wont even make 65 miles. Whats the furthest you have gone with it?

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