Apologies for the clickbait-esque subject title. The working title was Teslas and tandems, but that lacked a certain something. Not to mention that the intersection of Tesla owners and tandem riders is likely a minuscule subset of the Model S community, possibly including only myself and my wife. In any event, I wanted to celebrate the amazing utility of the Model S. Those of us whose sports require transportation of large toys (bicycles,kayaks, surfboards, etc) have pretty much been stuck with the unappealing choice of roof racks or big boxy cars/vans. But no longer. We do them in style now. And so a 3 day mini-vacation in the Paso Robles/central coast region was inspired by the pairing of the Tesla and the tandem. That and the wine. Turned out fabulously, though as we discovered, afternoon wine tastings get severely curtailed when you arrive dehydrated and a couple thousand calories in the hole after riding the tandem up and down canyons in 90 degree heat all morning. It's all good. :-)
Somewhere in the long process of accumulating enough pro arguments to tip the balance in favour of buying the Tesla, it occurred to me that our tandem could possibly fit in the back. What this meant was we would be freed of having to ride the damn thing back up our vicious hill - which we have done, but not without struggle and marital strife. So I was much relieved to find that our long and large tandem did, in fact, actually fit. Doesn't look like it from this picture, but it does, pretty easily. Even goes in with the rear wheel on, but in that case you have to push the passenger seat all the way forward. And it was my wife who then figured out that the whole world was now our oyster and we weren't limited to just driving to the bottom of the hill as a starting point. As the Supercharger network expands, so will our riding possibilities. Can't wait!
Our 15 year old Comotion Double Espresso is 7 feet 8 inches long. With both wheels off it's 6 feet 2 long and 33 inches from bottom of the chainrings to the top of the saddle.
Rear seats down, wheels off the tandem, ancillary bike stuff like the pump, tools and shoes go in the well. Of course luggage went in the frunk.
There is this ginormous parking area at the base of the Morro Bay rock and I thought it might be cool to get a shot of the car in the middle of it with the rock behind. Don't know why I thought that, but I did. So wait for all the other cars to flock off, park the car smack in the middle, run off into the distance to get the shot, feeling like a conspicuous noob idiot. Get it all framed up as quick as I can and then Prius dude rolls up into the background and WON'T MOVE! Bastard! Being impatient and all, I ended up taking the shot. Which, all things considered, turned out pretty good. It was a great trip. Thanks, Tesla!