Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Sep 1, 2020.
Great segment result. Enjoy your trip to Madison.
Reset the trip meter in my C-Max today since I was getting close to the "max" of 100 kWh before it only started counting whole numbers. I haven't filled the car up since Tennessee. One thing I do wish is that I had an MPGe gauge since now my car will only display 999 until I use the gas engine.
436.9 EV Miles
108.7 MPG indicated
Thursday night, motorway route, 60°F, busy in places, mostly tailwind WSW6:
49.5 / 21.4
Weather forecast put me off cycling Friday morning so it's back in the car again, motorway route, 46°F, very breezy - head/crosswind NNW14 gusting into the 30's:
51.1 / 21.5 - had to work it hard for this
Tank steady at 50.8 (FCD 53.6) / 494.0 / Range 185 . Guess gauge F____|_«««E . UG up 0.1 at 51.2 / DTE 198
Lost pip 5 (of 8) @ 390 miles
I'm guessing only high winds or icy/slippery conditions would put you off your biking...
Yes, when a kid, several times I went for bicycle rides, hit some thin ice & the bike went right out from under me. Later in years, I went for a late morning motorcycle ride to the north & had traveled 100 miles & hours into the afternoon on a nice outing without any problems. However, while at a T-stop sign, I took off gently & successfully for the left turn....I thought! Ninety five percent of the way through the left turn, I hit a patch of black ice. Instantly, I held the clutch in, & flattened my body down against the gas tank. I was sure the cycle was going down. It felt just like I was slithering on the road. However, just enough traction remained to keep me up. I passed the black ice & had no other problems with ice the whole way home.
I figured out why the black ice was at that particular T-stop sign. The T-stop butted up close to a small (but steep) north-facing hill & trees. The T-stop had had no sun all day long & the spot temperature there was particularly cold, retaining the ice from the night before.
I wouldn't know. I would be discouraged much sooner...
At 4PM, half an hour after entering a middle 1990’s yearly, week-end Oregon State Astronomical Star Party event in the Ochoco mountains & plateaus, the greatest lightning storm I ever saw, began. The lightning storm, with wind & rain, went stationary over our mountains & lasted for 16 hours. Estimates of ten to 20,000 lightning strikes occurred(more?). In numerous moments, there were 2 & 3 simultaneous lightning strikes that lit up the large astronomical fields. Forty miles away in Prineville, people could see the storm. Ten(?) lightning strikes hit trees within a quarter mile of my camping position. One(more?) lightning bolt hit 200 yards away & one(?) bolt hit a tree behind my position, 100 yards away. Early in the storm I had dragged my camping gear into the my car & sat in the front seat. I reclined the seat back as low as I could, in case any lightning bolt came into my car sideways.
At one point, several astronomy families pulled up stakes & drove away. It has been said that you should not drive in a lightning storm. On this occasion tho, it might have been the safest thing to drive out of the storm.
Just this year, a lightning storm started a 4000+ acre fire in the Maury Mtns, 25 miles from the astronomy event mentioned above.
Sounds scary and memorable.
Today , in the Prius. 52 deg F in Naperville ,
53 in Elk Grove. Rain all the way in.
35.2 miles , fcd = 58.0 x .943 = 54.7 MPG.
The last time I drove this car was Wednesday night.
SOC plummeted from six to two bars in 0.5 miles.
To build it up again takes fuel. Duh.
The Civic performed well on my trip to WI. My target speed on
the highway was 60 MPH , psl 70. About 293 miles ,
fcd = 48.1 MPG.
High winds definitely put me off. A bit of rain isn’t an issue but thunderstorms yup, I’ll be in the car!
Friday lunchtime, motorway route, 56°F, tail/crosswind NW16:
51.8 / 21.5
This morning on the bike, chilly, 39°F:
No fuel / 21.6 / avg 17.0mph - bit of a headwind WNW5
Tank steady at 50.8 (FCD 53.6) / 515.5 / Range 170 . Guess gauge F____|_«««E . UG up 0.1 at 51.3 / DTE 177
Today in the Civic. 44 deg F in Naperville.
35.1 miles , fcd = 47.7 MPG.
The trip home ( ALWAYS on the highway with this car ) should be better.
Elevation change ? A little.
50 deg F in Naperville , 51 in Elk Grove.
35.1 miles , fcd =62.5 x .943 = 58.9 MPG
Tank is at 108.7 miles , fcd = 63.0 x .943 = 59.4 MPG.
If the efficiency is this poor in September , what's it gonna
be like in January ? Shudders.
Drove thru Myrtle Beach today and saw Reg $1.59, DIESEL $ 1.69, at a Walmart station.
that’s pretty cheap compared to national average!
Today in the Civic.
48 deg F in Naperville , 47 in Elk Grove.
35.1 miles , fcd = 48.0 MPG.
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