Road Trip: Day 13: Astoria to Castle Rock

Campsite at Seaquest State Park
Campsite at Seaquest State Park

We made it back into Washington!

After a good nights’ sleep at a half-occupied campground, the car finished charging on level 1 around 9:00 am and we first headed out to the very corner of Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia river. It was fairly foggy so we couldn’t see much, other than a ship coming in.

Day 13 Charge Level Map
Day 13 Charge Level Map

Then we headed east along the southern side of the Columbia. We reached the little town of Westport and plugged in to the quick charger. While charging, we ate lunch at the Berry Patch restaurant, the host of the charger, which was great. Trish got distracted by their likely delicious jams, but I was able to drag her away without purchasing any. Whew!

When we left, the charger had finished and we took off. We finally crossed the river into Longview and then at Castle Rock turned toward our campground. We were a little early so we first checked out the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. It was interesting but we didn’t want to pay $5 each for admissions, so we left after a short time and went to our campsite.

Day 14 Route
Day 14 Planned Route

Camp here is quiet — there are few other campers around, and most of them seem to be retired couples with their motorhomes. We’ll cook up some sausages and head to bed. We’re plugged in to level 1 charging again, but it should finished by the time we leave.

Tomorrow we’ll be driving back up to the Seattle area and will stay with relatives on Whidbey Island. It’ll be a huge stretch of a drive to get from Tumwater to Everett without using a Blink charger, so we’ll stop at the Walgreens in Des Moines again to use the level 2 charger there, which is $0.49/kWh, a pricing model we agree with.

3 thoughts to “Road Trip: Day 13: Astoria to Castle Rock”

  1. Tyrel, it’s interesting that you agree with $0.49/kWh but not $5/CHAdeMO session. Even if a LEAF only were to pull 15 kWh in a DCFC session, getting that in 20 minutes for $5 is quite a discount compared to the $7.35 and several hours it would have cost you on $0.49 L2. I find $5 a fair price for fast charging, but the $10/hr pricing at some Nissan dealers is even more equitable, and they divvy that out by the minute!

    1. Hi Jay,

      Thanks for your comment. The reason for disapproving of the $5/charge is not that it is too much money, necessarily, it’s that it is a flat fee.

      In the time since I wrote this post, the AeroVironment chargers are now $7.50 per session (unless you pay a monthly subscription). Again, this price isn’t too bad, if you’re getting a full charge. But I rarely need a full charge.

      Most of the time I use the charger in Burlington. When I arrive there, I still have 50% charge from home, and only need 80% to get to my next stop. So I charge from 50% to 80%, or about 7 kWh, and would have to pay $7.50 for that. That’s $1.07/kWh, which is pretty expensive, especially when you consider that 7 kWh might get me 28 miles. You’re looking at 27 cents per mile, which is twice as expensive as driving a gas car.

      Fees that are by the minute or by the kWh are much more fair to the drivers.

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