We celebrated The New Year in Las Vegas with some shopping, a little gambling, dinner at Spago, a few drinks, and a ringside seat for the countdown and fireworks. Pictures below. Meanwhile the car was being range charged at the Trump International Hotel's garage electric car charging outlet. We stayed there, so it was free!
We left Las Vegas early on New Year's Day with a full range charge and decided to take the scenic route to Moab, Utah through Zion National Park. It was an eventful day, as we decided to skip a Supercharger that, in hindsight, we should not have missed. We made it with battery room to spare, but only after driving over the longest section of U.S. interstate roads that has no services - in sub-zeo weather, over three mountain passes, with no cell service in case of emergency, so after being committed, had to drive 35 mph up mountain roads with 75 mph speed limits. If we had picked up the charge when available, we could have done 80 all the way. Lesson learned.
We are still averaging about 400 wh/mi., not having any issues with range anxiety except the stupidity last night, but that was our fault. We won't be skipping future Superchargers. SO far we have travelled 1,903 miles on this trip, have used a total of 747.5 kWh, averaging 395 wh/mi. The car received an over-air software update while in Las Vegas, and the maximum rated range has increased to 250 miles per charge.
Following are unlabelled pictures from today's three hikes in Arches. It was freezing all day. Also below is a picture of the new Tesla off-roading, sort of.
Leaving Arches NP near dusk. Tomorrow we head to Snowmass for a couple days of snowshoeing.