ALEXEI: Grand Junction is the longest charging stop of the trip: the next leg is 181 miles; I'll be spending over an hour here. It's 11:30pm; Dmitry is sleeping, or maybe trying to sleep. At the charger to my left is Joe, whom I met back at Price (162 miles west) and who drives around with a puppy dog. To my right is a guy in a Model X. We all talk, because this is what Tesla owners do at superchargers: they belong to a social club of people charging their Teslas. There are still very few of them and they are curious about each other. In a few years, people will be interested in other Tesla owners no more than they're interested in other business class passengers today. But today, everyone talks.
The charge rate is slow: I have another 45 minutes remaining, thanks to my neighbors gobbling up all the electricity. This is when Joe tells me about this very special supercharger which sits nicely halfway between Grand Junction and my next stop. All I have to do is get off the highway at Glenwood springs, drive just two miles up a mountain, and there I'll find it. I thank Joe and take his business card, which reveals him to be organicman123 at some domain (names changed to protect identities). Should I follow our carefully planned stop list prepared weeks in advance? Of course not! Local knowledge always trumps generic plans. I thank the organic man and take off.
DMITRY: Let's see: Joe the Organic Man traveling in a Tesla filled to the ceiling with sacks of something, with a pit bull inside, going from Oregon to Colorado, says he's done this trip many many times... Something tells me that this was a business trip. Stay classy, Joe.