Week of Jul 17 to July 23 (Nat’l Avg $2.252)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Thanks RedylC94. My last pip start flashing today on the way to work at 658 miles. All driving after work today will be non-highway. Today , 72.5 deg F , wind WNW4 , 34.9 miles ( tiny shortcut -sue me) , 70.12 MPG. Tank is at 682.6 miles , 70.03 MPG. My record tank so far was 732 miles , I may not do enough driving after work to beat that. We have a company lunch/picnic thing today at 12:30 , so I will get out early :)
     
  2. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    49.7 / 7.6 - home last night, with a detour for gas. Not for the car, but 5 gallons for the mower.
    61.9 / 4.3 - to work this morning

    Tank is up to 49.7 / 333 mi and just above 1/2.
    F___\|____E

    * I will be away next week. Taking the Odyssey and family to Yellowstone. I will not be slow (it's a 24 hour drive!) and I will be using full AC. 6 people on board, plus camping gear.
     
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  3. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Have a great and memorable trip to Yellowstone, Pale!

    Happy Friday, All!

    I hate mowing the lawn, but do. I have about a half acre to cut, equal parts grass, flowers and weeds. I use a weed cutter rather than a regular mower. I sometimes have to hit the saplings that try to grow along the edges of the property. I wish they'd come up with a cleaner mower engine, both for the evaporative pollution and exhaust. Electrics would be fine, but that won't work for me. Anyone try to hypermile their mower? I do... I put the throttle as low as I can and only high enough to do the job at any given time. I don't water anything and I only cut once every close to two weeks. The back half is on a gradual slope where the ground-mounted solar arrays are, and it is very tiring work so I rarely cut all at one outing. Certainly get my cardio work out. :)
     
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  4. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    I definitely do Bill, I have a non powered push mower, been using it for over 20 years but I don't have so much grass ! No gas or electric used at all :cool:
     
  5. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Should have known YOU would, Gord. :) If only you could mow and ride the bike at the same time!! :D

    My push mower is relegated to quick trims of properties that my wife is selling. She's a real estate broker. My tiny electric is out of commission for now as the lead-acid battery isn't holding a charge any more. I'll have to rebuild that battery, maybe try out Li-ion cells?
     
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  6. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I thought that Gord might pull the mower behind his bike.
     
  7. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I'm on the other side. My mowing uses more gas than my car. (but not more than the family van)

    I have a riding mower to handle my 2 acres of yard. And then a brush mower behind the atv for the 28 acres of pasture. I only mow that once or twice a year to keep the weeds down. The animals (sheep, cows, donkeys) keep the actual grass under control. All of these are "low emissions" engines for whatever that is worth.

    We have mostly Bahia grass, even in the yard. If I let it go 2 weeks (which I often do), it is knee high. That's just its natural state.
     
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  8. One of my better fill ups this week. 26.1, filled all the way to the top. I dropped my highway cruise speed from 62 to 58-59 on this tank.

    They raised the truck speed limit around here from 60 to 65. I am now getting passed by everyone. Used to be able to hang with a semi truck or two that did the speed limit
     
  9. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Nice!
     
  10. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 71 deg F , raining all the way to work , not sure about the wind. 35.0 miles , 59.89 MPG. Better news yesterday : Trip from work to home Shell was 30.6 miles , 81.1 MPG. Perfect temps , wind , dry roads. Filled up at 713.2 miles/10.001 gallons = 71.3 MPG. FCD read 75.8 for 6.3% over-report.
     
  11. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Good job! A lot of 7s in there...
     
  12. Jocko

    Jocko Active Member

    Went for a good run today, 90% highway/country roads. Temp was 18°C/64°F, but it was very heavy rain, with lots of standing water, and windy.
    These are my figures for the trip as stored by my ScanGauge E

    Distance travelled: 93.9 miles.
    Average mpg: 57.2 mpgUK
    Average speed: 34 mph
    Max speed: 57 mph
    Maximum revs: 3431 rpm
    Max coolant temp: 85°C
     
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  13. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    Pedal-powered riding mowers exist (reel-mower-based, because an effective rotary blade requires too much power). No I don't have a link handy, but have seen photographs.
     
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  14. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    Yesterday was another windy rainy day. Out for lunch with the family and a couple of other stops involving busy parking lots. 46.1 mpg - 13.3 miles total.

    Short trip this morning to the lumber yard and back 4.4 l/100 - 5 km. beautiful weather today. 65 -72F and gentle breeze
    Took a family trip to the zoo this afternoon. My wife agreed under protest to let us take the Echo so I got a short highway run with it. It's tougher to P&G on the Highway than it is in town I think. Took the back road out thinking it would be better but ended up with a line up of cars behind me so had to speed up. Freeway was actually better on the way back. At least they could pass me. No way can I drive at the 100 - 110 kph speed limits around here and get good numbers. 51.1 mpg on the way out and 63.8 mpg coming home.
    57 mpg - 44.1 miles for the day.

    Tank is at 54.7 mpg, 184.2 miles. F_/___E
     
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  15. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    Enjoy your holiday and have a safe trip.
     
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  16. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    Drove to church and back this morning. Thought we would go to the lake this afternoon for a picnic to finish off our vacation. Ended up driving into a thunderstorm instead. Just drove around the lake and came home with the storm nipping at our heels.
    60 mpg and 31 miles for the day.
     
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  17. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Going home lunchtime Friay, decent run, 64°F, 14mph tail/crosswind SSE:

    47.4 / 22.4

    Tank steady at 46.8 (Indicated 49.4) / 484.5 / Range 175 . Guess gauge F____|_«««E . UG up 0.1 at 47.6 / DTE158
     
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  18. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    That story reminds me of a much earlier occasion when my grandfather decided to load up all 7 of his grandchildren, aged 1-11, for a drive around the local lake. As in your case, a thunderstorm interferred---after we were on the dirt road around the lake. The road turned to slippery mud so deep the car could barely creep forward, with him spinning the rear wheels at shockingly high speeds on the speedometer. (What there is about Texas soil that kept it from simply burying itself hopelessly in one spot, I didn't and still don't understand.) Working so hard at very low forward speed, the engine of course overheated. My sister, then 7, contributed to the drama by crying hysterically. We barely made it to a driveway, where my grandfather and the resident added water to the radiator and installed the chains, which made the rest of the lake tour less exciting.
     
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  19. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    Thanks for sharing, great story. I'm still chuckling. Thankfully our trip wasn't nearly that dramatic. Although, another similarity, my temp climbed to 102C yesterday climbing the hill away from the lake. LOL
     
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  20. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Didn't work Monday , only drove 11.2 miles(61.66MPG) to brewery and back. Sure, I'm a slacker ( vacation day ) , but I mostly work six days a week. Why didn't I ride the bike to the brewery , some of you might wonder ? I went on a 29 mile ride earlier in the day. Today , 59.5 deg F , no wind. 35.0 miles , 66.59 MPG. Tank is now at 123.7 miles , 67.05 MPG.
     
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