Month of June 2020 (Nat’l Avg $1.978)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Jun 1, 2020.

  1. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Went for a drive to Eastern Washington. A drama & something of interest played out. The drama was I came up on an horrendous accident. I saw two vehicles ripped up badly. People slowed quickly, & I was on my brakes moderately, then considerably. The car in front of me, disappeared into a queer brown smoke that matched the brown terrain. Braking harder, I glimpsed his brake lights & knew I wouldn’t rear end him. Easing off my brakes, I didn’t want anyone re-ending me. Glancing across the freeway, then I saw a tilted semi-trailer off the freeway with the cab jack-knifed. & that was causing the thick smoke.
    PS... Just looked up the accident on the internet. A pickup & vehicle towing a trailer collided in the west bound lanes (lanes I was in) & punched into the Jersey barrier in the west bound lane. The barrier bowed into the east bound Jersey barrier, which was driven into the nearest east bound lane. The involved semi collided with a car, both trying to avoid the barrier. The semi sent the car off the freeway & into a lake. All people in the car were OK & got out of the lake. I never saw the car in the lake.
    The cause of interest, occurred during my east bound drive. After passing over 4000 foot Stevens Pass & later climbing a 2600 foot ascent toward Waterville, Washington, I pleasingly saw that my MPG was building nicely, eventually giving 44MPG. However, I noted earlier, scrub brush was bent, being blown strongly by a 15 to 20MPH steady westerly. Once I started moving west bound, I said my MPG will be much less....& it was. My west bound MPG got as low as 32MPG. It eventually recovered, but my west bound trip over the lower 3000 foot Snoqualmie Pass ended at 37.4MPG.

    Wind to ya!!!
    PS.... All the vehicles going 10 to 15MPH faster than me, must have been getting low20’s MPG (teens?). Oh well.....gas & go!
     
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  2. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 72 deg F in Naperville , 73 in Elk Grove Village.
    Wind NE 0-2 MPH. So.... no wind ,really.
    35.1 miles , fcd = 70.3 x .943 = 66.3 MPG.
    Tank is at 244.7 miles, fcd = 73.9 x .943 = 69.7 MPG.

    Could be worse. :)
     
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  3. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , June 10 , 72 deg F in Naperville. Rain all the way , but
    the brutal headwind (SW) that crippled my trip home yesterday
    helped today , though it was much milder.
    35.1 miles , fcd = 68.4 x .943 = 64.5 MPG.
    Tank is at 311.4 miles, fcd = 73.2 x .943 = 69.0 MPG.
     
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  4. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Monday night, motorway route, 56°F, crosswind N5:
    49.4 / 21.4

    Back into work on the bike Tuesday morning, cool 45°F, crosswind S2:
    No fuel / 20.9 / avg 17.5mph
    No fuel / 19.7 / avg 17.0mph - back home, headwind ESE6

    This morning, motorway route, 48°F, raining, crosswind N9:
    52.8 (indicated 55.6) / 21.6

    Tank up 0.1 at 50.0 (FCD 52.7) / 225.4 / Range 525 . Guess gauge F_«««|««««E . UG up 0.3 at 50.8 / DTE 461
     
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  5. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    That's quite spectacular for rain and wind... nice!
     
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  6. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Amen , Gord !
     
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  7. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Whoops - forgot to change it to MpgUS
    Thanks Edwin
     
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  8. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    It's still pretty darn good for wind and rain, even after conversion to mpgUS.
     
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  9. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    I wondered about that!
     
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  10. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Or we could ALL change to litres per 100 kilometers , like the
    rest of the civilized world. I did that for a while with my Scangauge ,
    until I realized that I was still buying fuel in US gallons.

    Today , 57 deg F in Naperville , a western wind helped me on I-88 and Diehl Road .
    35.1 miles, fcd = 69.4 x .943 = 65.4 MPG.
    Tank is at 390.4 miles , fcd = 72.2 x .943 = 68.1 MPG.
     
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  11. litesong

    litesong litesong

    With the liars “don’T rump”, “jarhead poison-arrow”, putin, communist chinese (always small letters), “knee on the neck” police, coronavirus lies, so many other tragedies, the self-named civilized world isn’t civilized, never was & never will be.
     
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  12. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 57 deg F in Naperville , no wind to speak of.
    35.1 miles , fcd = 67.8 x .943 = 63.9 MPG.
    Tank is at 457.8 miles , fcd = 72.1 x .943 = 68.0 MPG.

    Picked up my 2014 Civic LX last night. I can't drive it to
    work until I get an I-Pass for it. Driving on the tollways
    ( as I more or less need to do in the AM ) is expensive and
    awkward if you don't have one. However , I will be
    driving the car this weekend. It runs well.
     
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  13. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks guys :).

    I don't like litres even though we buy our gas in them and I don't get kilometers either so I convert everything to MPG :p

    Last night, motorway route, 54°F, raining, partial headwind NNE10:
    46.7 / 21.5

    This morning, motorway route, 54°F, drizzly fog, cross/headwind NE12:
    52.8 / 21.5

    Tank down 0.1 at 49.9 (FCD 52.0) / 311.4 / Range 425 . Guess gauge F__««|««««E . UG up 0.2 at 51.3 / DTE 382

    Lost second pip (of 8) @ 271 miles for a new record :D
     
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  14. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Congrats on the new record, Gord.

    And to you, Edwin, for your new toy.
     
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  15. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't mind liters or km, but complicating the expression of fuel volume per distance travelled (or distance per volume) with an arbitrary number like 100 seems perfectly silly to me.
     
  16. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Thanks , Bill.

    Picking up my I-Pass transponder after work today. $32.90 + tax , I imagine.
    I can add it to my account tomorrow. But I won't be driving
    the car on the tollway until Monday , I think. It has been 12 years since I
    owned a manual car , so I'm going to do some practicing this weekend.
    The shifter and clutch action are typical Honda - flawless.
    I'm not thrilled with hydraulic actuated ckutches , but we're a long
    ways ( 25 years ) away from cable-operated clutches. The clutch in my 89 Civic
    ( with cable ) lasted 14 years and 229K miles with zero problems.
    I cannot say the same for two Civics I owned with hydraulic clutches.
     
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  17. litesong

    litesong litesong

    I like liters more than litres & most of all, if I get 12miles per liter. Kilometers are OK, but 25,000 miles around the circumference of the Earth, fits very nicely for my scale model of the Universe. Reduce the Earth to “10,000 Earths fit side by side in one inch”, then some of the larger, nearest Milky Way Globular Star Clusters are 25,000 miles away in the scale model or 1 trip around the full-sized Earth...... ain’t that sweet. Andromeda Galaxy is 2.5 or 2.6 million miles away in the scale model.... or 100+ times around the full sized Earth in the scale model..... ain’t that sweeter.
    Yeah, you’re right. The scale model has one light-year equal to 1 mile..... ain’t that the sweetest.
     
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  18. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    That being a roundish number is sort of a coincidence. It's not a coincidence that one-quarter of the way around is about 10,000 kilometers, because the original definition of the meter was one ten-millionth of the distance from the north pole to the equator via a longitude line passing through Paris. Unfortunately, that hypothetical standard proved difficult to apply precisely to practical measurements.
     
  19. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    So , my dad was just joking when he said the meter "is officially the length of my leg ?"

    Today , 49 deg F in Naperville. Drove the new car a bit over the weekend and also to
    work this morning. Still haven't figured out how to display everything , but it seems
    to read 44.8 MPG for about 80 miles traveled. I'm NOT Andrew , so hypermiling a
    manual car is still pretty new and quite a challenge. I'm just learning to drive it smoothly
    and gliding when I can.
     
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  20. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Good luck Edwin! You've got a challenge on your hands with the distance you drive.

    Drove to church Sunday, then a store after, then home. Texas summer hot.
    59.8 / 5.4 mi
    37.4 / 1.5
    53.7 / 5.5

    The tank is at 47.4 mi / 120 miles. Since Apr 8.
     
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