Week of October 8th - October 14th, 2007

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by brick, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    62.7 home last night
    cold this morning (for me and for TX, that is) - 57F. Only managed 59.4 mpg. That ends my streak of 60+ mornings at 6. Still...

    Tank's at a record 58.4 / 203 miles, compared to previous part-tank record 58.2.
    and 7 days > 55 round trip!
  2. laurieaw

    laurieaw Sorceress of the North

    feel like i slept most of the way to work.....this dark start to the days is tiresome. 62MPG to work on the backroads.
  3. ericbecky

    ericbecky Member

    71.6mpg coming in today.
    Factors working against me: 43 degrees, a little too much speeding, no warm air mod, no radiator block, and a main surface street in Madison is down to one lane from the usual 2. I have really got to get my act together this weekend.
  4. MnFocus

    MnFocus hanging member :)

    early friday again ! :D (I will go broke quicker though)
    1. 4 a.m. 51.6/31.9 mi (I lost .5 somewhere) to work
    2. 11 a.m. 48.4/29.6 mi work to wally's
    3. then a great ride to home 62.2/3.4 mi :eek:
      todays tank 50.4/65.5 mi
      overall up a bit @ 47.0/375(373.1 odo)
  5. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Ken, that's the way to work it! :thumbs_up:

    Nice work, John! :woot:

    Andrew, seriously impressive as usual! I hate broken streaks, too -- but nice PR none-the-less!! :D

    Back in the 60's, Laurie? While sleep-miling? :eek:

    Eric, I'm sure you can pull it back up. How many miles on the tank so far?

    Wow, Rick! You are just totally STOMPING the EPA! :eek: What is with you and the ultra-short, ridiculously high mileage segments lately?!
  6. tarabell

    tarabell Well-Known Member

    A little update ramble seems due since I’ve been awol for awhile … ;)

    It’s dark in the mornings again, and I hate it. What bothers me the most are the racers who swoop up the freeway, zipping in and out of lanes and trying to block each other. Reminds me exactly of kids chasing each other, except in 5000 lb metal weapons filled with gasoline. Some even use the exit lanes to pass up cars and I don’t think I could even flip my hazards on in time --or do a chess move--they come up behind so fast.

    Mornings are colder too and sometimes I have trouble even making 60mpg to work, but afternoons are still quite warm for a while and I usually manage to make ’60s for the RT. I’ve stopped recording my daily mileage though I still watch it. Also I’m driving many more local trips recently, which I hate, but are necessary. What a pain to watch the trip mpg drop by one just starting the car, and then usually several more over a few miles. The HCH just really really hates stop and go…

    A few people at work have asked about the mpg numbers I post on my door. There was one upper level manager (who was my boss's boss a few months ago before I switched jobs) who asked with a gleam in his eye exactly what "hybrid" meant. He really didn’t know but he was also betting I didn’t know, so I gave him the Mona Lisa Vito smile, and proceeded to 'splain. 10 minutes later he said he had to run to a meeting. :D

    I work for great people now, who insisted I keep the same office, though they could have moved me to a smaller one. Good bye quality assurance, six sigma, ISO-9000 and all your Dilbert-inspired, ever-changing make-work policies. I've got your process improvement...right here. Gone back to the plough—good old systems engineering and analysis, and lots of spec writing. Glad to be home again.

    It’s utterly fantastic reading everyone’s accomplishments and PRs here. Wayne, don’t worry about the job. Far as I’m concerned, the best work of your life is on display right here in the Daily Grind threads—you have a lot to be proud of.
  7. ILAveo

    ILAveo Well-Known Member

    :confused: I thought you used teenagers to do that kind of work. Not that I mind.:)
  8. brick

    brick Answers to "that guy."

    That was horrible. I think I hit every single light, of which there are several dozen. Not to mention some ditz in a Infiniti SUV wanted to prove that hers was bigger than mine, got all angry when I stopped a few car-lengths short of a red light to let some guy make a left turn. Oh, no, we can't have courtesy! So she tailed me for a few miles while I let her steam up a bit and then changed lanes to dive behind a school bus and make a right turn to who knows where. That segment brought me all the way down to 67.0mpg, and I don't even want to calculate what that makes the segment. Oh well...that's still 12% better than what I was geting last week not to mention the shorter distance.
  9. MnFocus

    MnFocus hanging member :)

    Not sure what's going on ?! :eek: But I'll take it :)

    ...some more - and done for the day .
    36.2/1.1 mi to grocery store
    56.1/3.3 mi laundry/car wash
    54.0/4.3 mi back home
    50.3/74.3 mi today
    overall 47.0/384 (381.9 odo ...<---maybe that? further off than it has been in quite a few miles)
  10. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    28.7 / 0.8 mi - to Dr to pick up prescription
    38.5 / 1.2 mi - Dr to lunch with wife & kid
    36.1 / 1.1 mi - lunch back to work.

    tank down .6 :eek: to 57.8, in just 3 short miles! :mad:
  11. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Tarabell, I absolutely agree with your last statement. Wayne, you do have a lot to be proud of -- and you should be proud of what you've accomplished. You've touched a lot of people's lives -- much for the better!!!

    Tim, that stuff happens. :p That tank still looks mighty good to me!

    Rick, whatever you are doing -- don't stop!! :eek: If you keep pulling numbers like that through the winter, you're not going to even notice the hit??? :confused:

    Andrew, if I know you there will be more 60+mpg segments right around the corner. ;)

    Inspired by the good people here, I went out to my car this afternoon determined to prove I'm not done yet. The weather is not nearly as warm as forecast, but I've stopped caring at this point about the silly temperature.

    I saw a high of 52.9mpg along the way, and beat my number into work this morning as I coasted into the garage. Take that, EPA!!! :Banane28:

    48F, no wind, overcast:

    1. 50.8mpg for 22.0mi (Work to home -- Whahoo!! :D)
    This brings the tank up to a slightly more respectable 48.4mpg over 124.0mi with 13.4g left.

  12. MnFocus

    MnFocus hanging member :)

    There ya go , Mr Fiddy Consistant ! :)

    by the by Sean , I will notice the hit - have you heard that I don't like the cold ...at all ? ;)
  13. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar


    No, I hadn't heard. I like the cold (part of the reason I'm here now instead of SC -- the bigger part is my beautiful wife ;)), but I'm not liking what it's doing to my mileage!
  14. laurieaw

    laurieaw Sorceress of the North

    almost held 60.1 for the day, until i drove about 2 miles home on the gravel road. even the downhill in the middle couldn't save it. guess i will live with 59.8.
  15. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Despite the cool temps, I did pretty good today.:) I went to my son's work(Persing Tire and Auto) and got my tires rotated and a 4-wheel alignment; for free!:):) The only problem was that they have a policy that they have to take the car for a test drive first and the mechanic knocked about 3 mpg off.:( Segments 8-11 were at 43F.
    1) 78.2-5.8
    2) 81.2-9.6
    3) 71.8-9.6
    4) 101-6.3
    5) 94.3-12.4
    6) 85.0-7.6
    7) 118-7.7
    8) 82.0-9.3
    9) 86.9-9.3
    10) 76.6-9.3
    11) 81.9-9.3
    Average for today was 83.0 and the tank is at 81.9 after 147.3 miles.
  16. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Back over 80mpg!! VERY nice, Larry! You've got to demonstrate some of that mojo at the MiHG meet when I see you next. :)

    Too bad you couldn't have had your son do the test drive??
  17. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Okay, I need some help from a math major. I am now running without my Scanguage for "up to 4 weeks." I'm mailing both mine and my son's for the upgrade. What I am doing is to re-set the FCD every morning and use it for a daily average at the end of the day. I will use trip A to record segment mileage and I will use trip B to record the tank mileage. Today, I went from my house to the Post Office which was 5.4 miles away and the FCD was reading 73.0 when I got there; not bad for sub-50F temps. On the way home, I went 5.3 miles and the FCD was reading 90.6 for the day. My question for the math majors is: What was/how do I figure out what the mpg was for the return trip home? Today is my 3rd 80+mpg day.
  18. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Larry, you need to do some dividing to separate out the gallons used and then figure out based on distance what your mileage was.

    In this case, 5.4/73.0 = 0.074g (Cripes man!!) and (5.4+5.3)/90.6 = 0.118g for the day. So, 5.3/(0.118 - 0.074) = 120.1mpg :eek:

    Get the idea? You have the mileage, just figure up the gallons used and you can calculate the mileage based on knowledge of the complete mileage for both trips.
  19. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Thanks Sean! I gave up caffeine a couple of years ago for the health benefits but I think I see a possible drawback.:p I can see that it could get real complicated trying to figure out individual segments in a multiple-segment day.:eek:
  20. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    No problem, Larry. :) It is just an iterative process -- not too difficult once you grasp the concept but it does take a little time. ;)

    If you do have multiple segments, just be sure to record the running mileage and the trip distance for each -- otherwise you have multiple unknowns in the equations and you won't be able to compute anything but an average across multiple trips.

    If you like I could maybe whip up a program to compute it for you? What system do you run? Windows? Mac? Linux?

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