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Took a trip from Greenville, SC up to Asheville, NC and then back to Greenville by way of Brevard, NC.

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Started at the EA 350kw DCFC station to get a good charge before leaving on the trip. Got up to 80% SOC and felt good about that for the trip. Turned out to be more than enough.

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Drove up and walked around downtown for a bit, then headed to New Belgium because they have free chargers and got a beer and a tasty bbq pork sandwich. Added about 11kwh for free courtesy of New Belgium.

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Met a few folks and gave the rundown to some curious people in the parking lot. Got plenty of stares (my fly wasn't down, I checked). Left from New Belgium and headed to the Blue Ridge Parkway for some scenic views and tire shredding as allowed by traffic. The views were lovely, the truck was incredible. Sport Mode, High Regen, let the car do the work.

Pure Driving Bliss.

I know it probably doesn't drive like a Porche 911 or a sports car but my word is it fun. I almost can't describe how incredible it was ripping through turns. The responsiveness and incredible torque allows you to just leap out of turns and there always seems to be more to give than you need. What an incredible machine. It was absolutely the most fun day of driving I have ever had. I have never done a competitive driving course or track day, but I felt like Travis Pastrana. Glamour Shot time!

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Made it back to the same EA Station this afternoon to top back off and look at pictures. Courtesy to the Pixel 6 Pro and Magic Eraser for making it look like I was the only one on the Blue Ridge Parkway today.

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I didn't reset my trip computer before leaving (rookie mistake), but using my first and last charge and knowing what I got at New Belgium, I calculate that I used about 82kwh of juice to drive 183 miles through the mountains. My calculator says that's good for 2.22mi/kwh with quite a bit of aggressive driving in there thanks to some excessive gravity and regen.

TL;DR: If you live anywhere in this region, do this drive or something like it in your Rivian. It was an incredible experience.

 
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Took a trip from Greenville, SC up to Asheville, NC and then back to Greenville by way of Brevard, NC.
Trip.png


Started at the EA 350kw DCFC station to get a good charge before leaving on the trip. Got up to 80% SOC and felt good about that for the trip. Turned out to be more than enough.
PXL_20220731_132512778.jpg

PXL_20220731_132455459.jpg

Drove up and walked around downtown for a bit, then headed to New Belgium because they have free chargers and got a beer and a tasty bbq pork sandwich. Added about 11kwh for free courtesy of New Belgium.

PXL_20220731_154859165.jpg


Met a few folks and gave the rundown to some curious people in the parking lot. Got plenty of stares (my fly wasn't down, I checked). Left from New Belgium and headed to the Blue Ridge Parkway for some scenic views and tire shredding as allowed by traffic. The views were lovely, the truck was incredible. Sport Mode, High Regen, let the car do the work.

Pure Driving Bliss.

I know it probably doesn't drive like a Porche 911 or a sports car but my word is it fun. I almost can't describe how incredible it was ripping through turns. The responsiveness and incredible torque allows you to just leap out of turns and there always seems to be more to give than you need. What an incredible machine. It was absolutely the most fun day of driving I have ever had. I have never done a competitive driving course or track day, but I felt like Travis Pastrana. Glamour Shot time!

PXL_20220731_172003730~2.jpg

PXL_20220731_172028894.jpg


PXL_20220731_172703681.jpg

PXL_20220731_172716872.jpg

PXL_20220731_172731958~2.jpg

PXL_20220731_173252759~2.jpg

PXL_20220731_173630170.jpg

PXL_20220731_174740568~2.jpg

PXL_20220731_175934414.jpg

PXL_20220731_175959253~2.jpg

PXL_20220731_180017801.jpg


Made it back to the same EA Station this afternoon to top back off and look at pictures. Courtesy to the Pixel 6 Pro and Magic Eraser for making it look like I was the only one on the Blue Ridge Parkway today.
PXL_20220731_200637206.jpg


I didn't reset my trip computer before leaving (rookie mistake), but using my first and last charge and knowing what I got at New Belgium, I calculate that I used about 82kwh of juice to drive 183 miles through the mountains. My calculator says that's good for 2.22mi/kwh with quite a bit of aggressive driving in there thanks to some excessive gravity and regen.

TL;DR: If you live anywhere in this region, do this drive or something like it in your Rivian. It was an incredible experience.
Start planning the next one!!+
 

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Oh, my old stomping grounds. I grew up in Asheville and Brevard. I long for them still. Nice pics and I am sure that was a great drive.
 

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If you really want some windy roads, next time out head to Little Switzerland via 226A from Marion, NC. From there you can head south on the BRP and head to Mt. Mitchell on your way to Asheville. (or go the reverse starting in Asheville and follow the BRP north to Little Switzerland.

FWIW, there's a Rivian-installed L2 charger at the Skyline Village Inn. They stopped there with Motor Trend on the cross-country test.
 

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If you really want some windy roads, next time out head to Little Switzerland via 226A from Marion, NC. From there you can head south on the BRP and head to Mt. Mitchell on your way to Asheville. (or go the reverse starting in Asheville and follow the BRP north to Little Switzerland.

FWIW, there's a Rivian-installed L2 charger at the Skyline Village Inn. They stopped there with Motor Trend on the cross-country test.
Really? That’s good to hear. You would think it would be included in the current RAN listing. Have you used the charger?
 


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TL;DR: If you live anywhere in this region, do this drive or something like it in your Rivian. It was an incredible experience.
I second the motion. Not too close to where you went, but have driven from Rock Hill, SC to the Blue Ridge Pkwy near Blowing Rock a couple times in my R1T. We drove up to the swinging bridge on Grandfather Mountain once, some of the curves on that road challenged the R1T's turning radius.... About 240 miles round trip for me, about the max I want to do on a full charge. Looking forward to this fall.
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Really? That’s good to hear. You would think it would be included in the current RAN listing. Have you used the charger?
Probably not listed since L2 is a waypoint, not part of RAN.
 
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I second the motion. Not too close to where you went, but have driven from Rock Hill, SC to the Blue Ridge Pkwy near Blowing Rock a couple times in my R1T. We drove up to the swinging bridge on Grandfather Mountain once, some of the curves on that road challenged the R1T's turning radius.... About 240 miles round trip for me, about the max I want to do on a full charge. Looking forward to this fall.
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I've seen a lot of the US and there are some absolutely beautiful places across the country, but I'd be hard pressed to name one that's head and shoulders above the Blue Ridge when the leaves are turning. Same boat for me, can't wait for a spirited drive on a crisp Sunday morning through the mountains with the windows down and the seat heaters on.
 

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Love it! One of my favorite roads, I have driven all of it from Shenandoah National Park to Gatlinburg TN.
 

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I should add that the charger at Skyline Village Inn is a Clipper Creek, and I'm 95% sure it was paid for by Rivian to support the Motor Trend trip, but without Rivian branding, I can't actually say for sure. The inn added the chargers in May 2021. It may have just been extremely fortuitous timing, but. I strongly suspect Rivian paid for it since I know they used the chargers there.

I can't find the photos of them charging at the inn... booo!!!
 


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Great pics, thank you for sharing! You’re literally living my dream. Glad to see someone is able to enjoy the parkway with a Rivian!
 
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Great pics, thank you for sharing! You’re literally living my dream. Glad to see someone is able to enjoy the parkway with a Rivian!
When you get your truck soon give me a holler and I'll gladly go back!
 

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When you get your truck soon give me a holler and I'll gladly go back!

Someone should organize a Blue Ridge Parkway and forest road drive in Western NC. It's a common area for multi day car meets and there are many interesting places to ride and visit.
 
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Someone should organize a Blue Ridge Parkway and forest road drive in Western NC. It's a common area for multi day car meets and there are many interesting places to ride and visit.
@Buck - do you have your truck? I have the same configuratio.
 

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Took a trip from Greenville, SC up to Asheville, NC and then back to Greenville by way of Brevard, NC.

Trip.png



Started at the EA 350kw DCFC station to get a good charge before leaving on the trip. Got up to 80% SOC and felt good about that for the trip. Turned out to be more than enough.

PXL_20220731_132512778.jpg

PXL_20220731_132455459.jpg


Drove up and walked around downtown for a bit, then headed to New Belgium because they have free chargers and got a beer and a tasty bbq pork sandwich. Added about 11kwh for free courtesy of New Belgium.

PXL_20220731_154859165.jpg


Met a few folks and gave the rundown to some curious people in the parking lot. Got plenty of stares (my fly wasn't down, I checked). Left from New Belgium and headed to the Blue Ridge Parkway for some scenic views and tire shredding as allowed by traffic. The views were lovely, the truck was incredible. Sport Mode, High Regen, let the car do the work.

Pure Driving Bliss.

I know it probably doesn't drive like a Porche 911 or a sports car but my word is it fun. I almost can't describe how incredible it was ripping through turns. The responsiveness and incredible torque allows you to just leap out of turns and there always seems to be more to give than you need. What an incredible machine. It was absolutely the most fun day of driving I have ever had. I have never done a competitive driving course or track day, but I felt like Travis Pastrana. Glamour Shot time!

PXL_20220731_172003730~2.jpg

PXL_20220731_172028894.jpg


PXL_20220731_172703681.jpg

PXL_20220731_172716872.jpg

PXL_20220731_172731958~2.jpg

PXL_20220731_173252759~2.jpg

PXL_20220731_173630170.jpg

PXL_20220731_174740568~2.jpg

PXL_20220731_175934414.jpg

PXL_20220731_175959253~2.jpg

PXL_20220731_180017801.jpg



Made it back to the same EA Station this afternoon to top back off and look at pictures. Courtesy to the Pixel 6 Pro and Magic Eraser for making it look like I was the only one on the Blue Ridge Parkway today.

PXL_20220731_200637206.jpg


I didn't reset my trip computer before leaving (rookie mistake), but using my first and last charge and knowing what I got at New Belgium, I calculate that I used about 82kwh of juice to drive 183 miles through the mountains. My calculator says that's good for 2.22mi/kwh with quite a bit of aggressive driving in there thanks to some excessive gravity and regen.

TL;DR: If you live anywhere in this region, do this drive or something like it in your Rivian. It was an incredible experience.
I was studying your route a little closer. I noticed you didn’t take 276 south of Brevard. That’s always been my preferred route.
 

 
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