Here's the story. I posted all of this on Facebook, but some of you troglodytes don't do that, so here you go:
Leaving the shop around noon:
I made it about 100 miles, was a bit overconfident about my range and started with a partially charged pack, then did about 30 miles with no generator, and had to stop roadside for 15-20 minutes before I could go on:
I got a few volts back in it and went and found a place to eat in Morven, NC where I could park it for a bit and let it charge:
I ended up spending an hour there. The Chinese food was okay, but the cheese steak was a pretty good sandwich. If you go to Mama Noi's, then eat the cheese steak:
I easily made it the remaining 49 miles to CMP after an hour charging in Morven and got in just before dark.
After the race, we crashed at the Holiday Inn Express in Camden and I got up and got on the road. I didn't quite have a full charge, but I ran the generator the whole way. It was wet and there was light rain, but that wasn't a problem:
I stopped at Mama Noi's for lunch. I could have gone farther, but it was lunch time and I was hungry, so I got a sandwich and made some calls (you can't talk on the phone in the car while the generator is running):
I stopped in Sanford to gas up the generator, make some calls, and take a break. I got a Blizzard at Dairy Queen and watched the locals gather to marvel and take pictures:
I made it the rest of the way to the shop and the battery just barely got under half charged. I'm learning to manage my speed and motor RPM better (it is more efficient at higher RPM), so I can go longer on the same charge. Eventually I'd like to be able to get 200 miles at a reasonable pace without an extended charging stop.
Everybody grab your brooms, it's shenanigans!