This trip gave me the chance to start using the Tesla Highway Superchargers! Free to Model s and Model X owners, Tesla has built out its highway Supercharger system across nearly the whole country: you can drive from Seattle to Boston to Key West to San Diego and back up to Washington with very little problem. (All which I intend to do!)
Walla Walla, home of Whitman College and Walla Walla Community College (see "visit young cousin" in paragraph 1) is in the heart of Washington's wine country and a charming small town. An interesting mix of academia, farmland, wine growers and ranchers, it is also very bike-friendly.
Given the extraordinary cargo space of a Tesla Model S, DB (darling boyfriend) and I were able to pack two folding bikes, swim gear, luggage, laptop bags, bike gear, emergency supplies and food with *plenty* of room to spare. And it all packs out of sight which, for this city girl, is an important plus.
DB took the car out on his own for a few hours on our third day to put it though his paces without me hovering. His report: "Deb, this is truly the nicest car of any sort I have ever driven!"
Some of the other things we found in Walla Walla: good wine, good coffee and solar charging at Walla Walla Community College which turns the most top-rated community colleges in the nation. It also has a very advanced renewable energy studies and water studies program and also a solar-powered EV charging station array in their sciences center! Who knew? Biking around campus, I was really wishing I was in my twenties again and could study there.
Anyway, a good time was had by both us Tesla Newbies and I look forward to more long-distance travel in Sir Percival T! (Thank you, Universe, for being so wonderful!)