Week of July 10 to June 16 (Nat’l Avg $2.263)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Welcome back to the grind :D

    The national average gas price has gone up 2.9¢ since last week to $2.263 - this time last year it was $2.238 so it's now 1.1% (+2.5¢) dearer.
    Diesel is almost unmoved at $2.445 (+0.4¢). It's now 3.3% (+7.9¢) more expensive than this time last year. Diesel is at an 8% premium to regular.


    My turn to drive this week, had to avoid traffic light section due to a huge queue, 61°F, 5mph headwind W:

    49.8 / 23.0

    Tank steady at 49.5 (FCD 52.3) / 45.5 / Range 580 . Guess gauge F««««|««««E . UG down 1.3 at 50.3 / DTE635
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  2. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today 73 deg F , wind NNW13 , light rain most of the way , becoming heavier in the last 4 miles. Did amazingly well considering the conditions : 35.1 miles (wheelspin?) , 66.87 MPG. Tank has one pip showing , 655.8 miles , 70.77 MPG. Could be worse. ODO = 49,883. I will probably change oil and filter Wednesday.
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  3. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Edwin! You gotta stop doing burnouts from the traffic lights! :p

    62 mpg / 5.1 this morning, drippy humid 73F

    Tank is at 46.7 / 187 mi, 7/8 full.
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  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Andrew, I sometimes get carried away with the brutal power and throttle response that my car has in Eco mode. It's frightening !
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  5. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    7.4-9.1 avg for the last three days. Was doing a good solid 9.3 this morning up til now.

    Oh, but joy of joys, I'm stuck by the side of the road with a blown out tire. Not just any road, mind you, but a busy construction zone in the rain.
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  6. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    Sorry to hear about that tire JCP. I hope the crew gets someone out there ASAP to replace/repair and get you on the way.

    Got to take the boy to camp Sunday, and took my car as it had been sitting around for 3 weeks. I figured it would be good for the battery and replace the gas in it. I was set at CC on 55-60 MPH and cars were just flying by my on I40 Once I cleared Conway and heading to NorthWest Arkansas. Manually did A/C (my car does not have the best of AC units with no Tint, the Sun heats up the car as fast as it tries to cool it. So needless to say the trip there and back was a little uncomfortable at times in the low 90's and high humidity. Heat indexes were hovering around 100's.

    From home to Conway to fill up.
    44.1 / 47.3 miles (80F SE@2)
    FCD = 59.3 (-1.3)

    Fill up with $1.899 Unleaded
    10.104 gals to brim
    578.4 miles
    57.3 MPG
    It was looking to be a very good tank indeed for my regular commute.
    Last fill was 5/17/2017 :p

    Conway to Alma for lunch
    46.4 / 112 miles (86F h.i of 93F and SSE@5 winds which were cross winds)
    FCD = 48.7

    Alma to Camp over the Boston Mtns.
    48.0 / 69.6 miles (87F (h.i. 92F) and SSE6 was a tail wind)
    FCD = 49.2 (+1.5)

    Camp to store to pickup a drink and use the restroom before heading back home.
    47.9 / 4.1 miles

    NWA to home in reverse order and into the breeze.
    46.8 / 225 miles (85F (h.i. 93F) with SSE@5 winds)
    FCD = 48.6 (-0.6)

    so the tank sits at 46.9 MPG from the SG with 3.23 gals left and 150 miles to empty and the needle sitting just above 1/4.
    There was only a few places that I used some techniques, all the other times that i might be able to traffic was heavy and going 80+. But that trip took up most of the day.

    I may have to find a good road to HM on here and try and raise that number. Also, add some stabilizer to the fuel in the tank. Not sure when I will need to car again.
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  7. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Good luck with a quick rescue, JCP! I'm sure everyone along that stretch is suffering as well.
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  8. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Luckily I'm not myself contributing to traffic!

    Still waiting for tire service to show up. A tire blowout isn't bad when you have 17 other ones to keep you on track :D

    Bad news is that the place I was to deliver to will close before I can arrive, so I'll have to sit on this overnight.

    It's been a tough couple of weeks, so many issues and time-wasters, that I'm almost numb at this point. My company has promised to shoot some time delay bonuses to me given that I've essentially had my pay cut by 1/3 by all of these delays over the last two weeks. It won't make up for everything, but it'll help.
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  9. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Aargh. That's unfortunate.
  10. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Sorry about the troubles, JCP.

    Jason, we miss you around here. You're better off without all the driving, but it's quiet without you here.
  11. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Wee the tire guy is here, finally! 90 min eta = 2 hour actual wait, lol. Ahh, well.
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  12. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    Yeah! hopefully it has not been to hot to wait for them to come out.

    Pale, you say i'm posting to much before LOL. I'm normally a pretty quite kind of guy.

    Got a Husqvarna lawn tractor to help tame the 1 acre that we got with the property.

    I was not sure how thirsty it would be. I filled it up after Lowes delivered it, and it took about 3.5 gals in the tank under the seat. After the first mowing for the dust I thought, it had used most of the fuel as I could not see any in the fuel gauge window below the seat. I went to fill it next week and lifted the seat and it looks like it maybe had used only 1/2 gal or less as it was still at the top of the tank. That is pretty good for mowing with 48" deck most of the acre I would think. I like the push button to engage the blades instead of a lever like the old days. The auto transmission is also nice. forward and reverse on the levers for your right foot. Then there is mowing in reverse. Very Nice! This house is much bigger and so is the yard work. It has been keeping me busy for the last three weeks to get things in some order and trimming up things that had been over growing.

    This last time I mowed it had rained over night and there was very little dust. I may have to so that with sprinkler system the morning before I mow otherwise it is like a mini dust bowl under the trees where nothing grows, but rocks.
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  13. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    That's almost the same mower I have. I have the 18 hp Kawasaki with 46" deck. Mine has the lever to engage blades.
  14. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Well, not too hot for the tire guy by any means, only about 80* here. But the rain started up again just as he arrived. I felt bad for him for a few seconds, but it ended up being the quickest tire swap I've ever had, and I figured he was being paid to do this, while I was lacking pay to sit.

    Ended day at 9.0mpg.
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  15. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    Jcp, sorry to hear about your rough day. Glad you are finally up and going again. Good your at least getting some help from your company for all your troubles.

    Rode the e-bike again today. 10 mph headwind this morning kind of sucked the power. 3 miles each way by bike, about 1510 mpge. Pretty poor for the bike but way better than driving the car.
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  16. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 68.5 deg F , wind N3. 35.1 miles (gas station) , 68.45 MPG. Tank is at 30.5 miles , 69.1 MPG. Filled up at my "normal" Shell ; last two fills were at "strange" Shells , so pump shut-off differences may exist. 695.5 miles/9.660 gallons = 72.0 MPG. fcd said 76.1 * .93 = 70.77 , which is more likely than 72.0. Cost of our 87 E10 is $2.379. Last fill was June 30 , I think.
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  17. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Glad you got the tire fixed jcp.
    That mower would definitely be overkill for my yard Jason :p
    Edwin, my last fill was also June 30 but I've only done just over 90 miles! You really rack up those miles on your commute!

    Motorway route again last night with usual queue but not a bad run, 2UP, 64°F, 7mph crosswind S:

    46.9 / 22.4

    This morning, 2UP, 55°F, spitting, monster queue approaching traffic light section :eek: so a different detour this time, 6mph crosswind S:

    48.2 / 22.8

    Tank down 1.1 at 48.4 (FCD 51.1) / 90.7 / Range 580 . Guess gauge F««««|««««E . UG down 1.2 at 49.1 / DTE573
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  18. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Hahahahahaha! And the rest of us are talking about 40, 50, 60, even 70 mpg.

    49.8 mpg / 5.2 mi - home
    67.9 / 5.2 - this morning

    Tank is up to 47.2 / 198 mi.
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  19. Or 20s (not just the tire size)
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  20. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    The e-bike is great. Costs like 2 cents a day to ride and I can pretend to be a real cyclist lol. Not so great if the weather is bad or I need to carry something though.
    Pouring rain so took the car today. 45.2 mpg - 4 miles to work today. Yes, my car commute is a mile further than on the bike.
    Had some errands after work. Brought the daily total to 54.9 - 13.7 mi.
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