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Midwest Tesla Gathering 2016
St.Louis, Missouri
Day 8 - Saturday, June 4, 2016

These reports and photos are of a road trip from Anaheim, California, to the 2nd Annual Midwest Tesla Gathering in St. Louis, Missouri. My wife and I are doing this trip in our new red 2016 Tesla Model X P90DL. This particular report is of Day 8, the day of the Midwest Tesla Gathering 2016 in St.Louis, Missouri.

Note: This report is a rough draft. I have not yet done a spell check or final edits. Since we are driving this road trip right now, devoting time to driving takes priority. As I get time at our stays along the way I'll make final edits and spelling corrections. But for now, please pardon any errors.

There are many more photos for this day of Tesla travel than could be included in the body of this report. To see ALL of the photos that were taken on this day, click here for the slide show!

Click on any photo on this page for a larger image.


Midwest Tesla Gathering Sign-In at St.Charles Supercharger

We arrived early at about 10 AM at the St.Charles Tesla Supercharger. The only available Supercharger parking space still available was not working. Looking at the phone number posted on the charger we reported that it was not working. As soon as one other Tesla charging spot became available, we pulled in to top off. We only charged for a short while as it seemed other Tesla vehicles were arriving that needed charging more than us. So we pulled into a non-charging spot across the lot.

When we signed-in, we got assigned to one one of the groups to be driving to the winery. Each group had about 5 or 6 Tesla vehicles that would follow a volunteer leader. Our group would be the first group to depart at exactly 11 AM.


Lining up for the Tesla Drive to the winery.

For a while we all just hung out in the parking lot near the Tesla Superchargers waiting for our time to depart on the drive to the winery. Tesla vehicles just kept on arriving, including the Tesla Roadster shown in the above photos.


Departed on Tesla Drive to the winery at 11 AM
with 236 miles of charge remaining on battery.

Our Tesla Model X ended up being the first Tesla vehicle right behind the lead Tesla. I'm not sure if that was a good place to be in the line or not. On the positive side, it make it easy for everyone behind us to follow in the line since we had a red vehicle that was taller than the Model S vehicles. But on the other hand, it probably made it difficult for the lead Tesla driver to see if all the other Tesla cars were still following him. Whenever I saw the Tesla behind me was falling behind, I would slow down so the lead Tesla driver would have a clue that the vehicles behind me were lagging.


Arrived at the Montelle Winery at about 12:20 PM.


Photos of the patio at the Montelle Winery.
Everyone in the photo on the right was in our Tesla group.

We tried the wine tastting at the Montelle Winery and then ordered lunch which we ate out on the patio.


Augusta Winery.

When it was getting close to the time for everyone to depart the Montelle Winery, we left a bit early and visited the sister winery of Montelle, the Augusta Winery. It was just a couple of miles from the Montelle Winery.


Back at the St.Charles Tesla Supercharger.

Everyone regrouped at the St.Charles Tesla Supercharger before heading out to the photo op at the St.Louis Arch.


Driving over the bridge to the St.Louis Arch photo op.


Attending Tesla Vehicles at the St.Louis Arch
Gateway To The West!

Above are photos of all the attending Tesla vehicles with the St.Louis Arch in the background. The two Tesla Model X vehicles were placed at the very end of the line so they might be a bit hard to see in these photos. A Tesla Roadster was placed in the very front which is quite easy to see.


The one Tesla Roadster at the event.


Midwest Tesla Gathering Attendees
taking photos at the photo op.


Tesla Owners and guests at the photo op.


Our Tesla Model X capping the end of the lineup
with a Tesla Signature Model X on the right.


Our Tesla Model X on the left and Signature Model X on the right
at the St. Louis Zoo Parking lot.


Goody bags for every Midwest Tesla Gathering attendee.


Meeting with Midwest Tesla Gathering Sponsors before the dinner.


Midwest Tesla Gathering 2016
Dinner at the St. Louis Zoo.


Midwest Tesla Gathering 2016
my badge and venue photo.


Where all the Midwest Tesla Gathering 2016 attendees live.


How many miles each attendee has on their Tesla.

Writing detailed coverage of events is not my forte, so hopefully some details of the event beyond the photos shown here will be posted to MidwestTeslaGathering.com in the near future.


Arrived at St.Charles Tesla Supercharger at 11:36 PM
with 136 miles of charge remaining on the battery.

I went to the St.Charles Tesla Supercharger later that evening just to top off for our trip back to La Plata in the morning. While waiting for the charge to complete I walked over to the only fast food place that was open in the shopping center to purchase a Diet Coke. While I was at the Supercharger, another Tesla pulled in. I hadn't noticed that he pulled into the only Supercharger that we had reported earlier in the day as not working. The driver came over to me to ask if my Supercharger was working. I apologized to him that I had not noticed that he had pulled into the one and only broken Supercharger. He moved over to one of the other charging spaces and then had no problem charging up.


Departed St.Charles Tesla Supercharger at 11:20 PM
with 240 miles of charge remaining on the battery.


Arrived St.Charles Best Western Plus at 11:32 PM
with 237 miles of charge remaining on the battery.

So that was the end of the big day, the event we had driven all this way to attend! We felt it was well worth the long drive to attend and will consider attending the event next year. Please check back later for our continuing Tesla Model X roadtrip back to the west coast.


Click on any photo on this page for a larger image.

There are many more photos for this day of Tesla travel than could be included in the body of this report. To see ALL of the photos that were taken on this day, click here for the slide show!

Note: This report is a rough draft. I have not yet done a spell check or final edits. Since we are driving this road trip right now, devoting time to driving takes priority. As I get time at our stays along the way I'll make final edits and spelling corrections. But for now, please pardon any errors.

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