The Unofficial HybridFest Live-Blogging and photo thread 56K beware.

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  1. mparrish

    mparrish Rosie the Riveter Redux

    The thread for all interesting and/or humorous tidbits that occur in Madison this weekend for the rest of us who couldn't make the trip! :)
     
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: The Unofficial HybridFest Live-Blogging Thread

    Hi Marc:

    ___I believe JimboK. and Tom have mobile wireless so we will keep everyone up to date the best we can. Especially Friday with the FE challenge live ;)

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  3. locutus

    locutus MPG Centurion

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    I may bring my laptop and see if there's open wireless around, and do some posting when I'm not running around like crazy :D
     
  4. JimboK

    JimboK One owner, low mileage

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    Yep, got it fired up as we speak. Sort of surprised to pick up this good a signal at a campground in rural PA. Guess it's close enough to Pittsburgh to land in that footprint.
     
  5. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

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    I'll have my Palm Lifedrive with Bluetooth so, if there is open WiFI, I can check to see if the lights are on at CleanMPG.:)
     
  6. hobbit

    hobbit He who posts articles

    Re: The Unofficial HybridFest Live-Blogging Thread

    Well, okay, that's cool.. but rather than meta-chat about how
    one can blog, I'm gonna actually document some trip stuff!
    .
    Haven't processed any pix yet, so there's no page, but just
    some notes from the past couple of days. Oh, right -- I have
    also basically just landed at Wayne's place, and was immediately
    handed some excellent food and took a shower and feel vaguely
    human again after dukin' it out in the heat all day.
    .
    Tuesday was when I took off; was holding a fairly satisfactory
    62.something for some of the morning but then as I got into
    the western Mass hills and the wind kicked up, I eventually
    arrived in Buffalo only showing 58.3 avg. Part of that was from
    trying yet another theory about highway MPG, which evidently
    doesn't work very well and I sorta expected. Today, on the
    other hand, I took off early in the morning again on a fresh
    tank and crested 62 fairly soon and held it for a while, but
    then later as I was really tuned into all the subtle conditions
    going on around me it felt like the car was just sort of
    slogging a little bit -- slower for the same power output,
    etc. Then I thought to look at the trees. Yup, headwinds
    again. So a couple of factors have been working against me:
    wind, the 100 extra pounds of Prius transmission parts and my tent
    and other crap, possibly crap second-tier gas from Tuesday's
    fillup, and maybe the Hydroedges. Which, I'll add, are up to
    like 55 psi at this point. But today was better -- despite
    all that I managed to just barely nurse a 61 all afternoon and
    after getting into some pulse-n-warp-stealth action on I-294
    going around Chicago managed to crest 62 again just before
    filling up about half an hour from Wayne's place.
    .
    Anyways, Billy and I are comparing notes and settling in and
    [I just discovered] waiting for another couple of arrivals
    tonight, so the party's definitely kickin' into gear here.
    Tomorrow a bunch of us are apparently going to head for the
    cruise-in near Madison; that oughta be fun and I've got a
    couple of entertaining surprises for it. Then y'all can kick
    my ass in the MPG competition the next day...
    .
    Hopefully the prius-tech rundown thing will go okay. Cramming
    10 hours of slides into one isn't easy, and all of my talk-
    to-the-wall rehearsals to date have gone closer to two. So
    I'm gonna be glossin' over a whole lot of stuff, I'm afraid,
    but hopefully get to the meat of the magic -- as advertised!
    .
    Gotta go whack on some pictures and start forming that thread.
    .
    _H*
     
  7. ericbecky

    ericbecky Member

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    Great write up.

    We are all looking forward to meeting up with you cross-country travelers tomorrow at the cruise in! Official cruise in hours are from 5-9. See you there!!!
     
  8. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger

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    Yesterday, Dan drove 250 miles from Houston to Dallas, got 2 hours of sleep, then from 3am Wed to 10:30pm made it to Wayne's house in Chicago. First extended drive in a Prius - helped get the trip mpg to about 60mpg. :) Starting to understand warp stealth, glides and such.
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2007
  9. Tochatihu

    Tochatihu Well-Known Member

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    Greetings from southern China, I guess I'll be missing this event! Looking forward to reading all about it here.

    Somebody set xcel's parking brake, to 'level the playing field'.

    DAS
     
  10. highwater

    highwater Well-Known Member

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    3AM Thursday morn:
    I'll be leaving Oklahoma shortly. Probably won't make it to Madison for the drive in tonight at Hotrods and Hybrids, just don't know. Looks like I may drive through a storm front up in northern Kansas. I'm going to try going straight north on US 77 to Sioux City, then across Iowa to Dubuque. Billy has set the bar pretty high at 107mpg, in his red Insight,for the trip to Wayne's house from the west coast. Thanks a lot Billy:D

    Randall
     
  11. efusco

    efusco He who posts articles

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    put down efusco in the "on the way" category. A little later than I'd hoped, still need to pick up my son at school since he's coming with me, but I'm preparing to hit the road now. Expect to be in Chicagoland by about 5pm then head up to Madison in the AM. May be able to check-in later tonight.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone there.
     
  12. tarabell

    tarabell Well-Known Member

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    If anyone remembers the movie Ben Hur, I get "Parade of the Charioteers" playing in my head as I read this thread.
     
  13. Fenrir

    Fenrir Well-Known Member

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    I won't be giving any Insighters any competition. I'll have to stick close to the speed limit to get up there in a reasonable amount of time, as I'm leaving Friday afternoon. I may miss the Friday checkin. Still, hoping for 80 to 85. See y'all Real Soon Now. :)
     
  14. mparrish

    mparrish Rosie the Riveter Redux

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    Number of times I wished I were going to Hybridfest: 10,000
    Number of times I'm glad I didn't: 1

    haha. Durant, Oklahoma at 5 a.m sounds like fun, fun, fun! Glad the Texans made it safe & sound. Get some sleep for the big race.
     
  15. ericbecky

    ericbecky Member

    Re: The Unofficial HybridFest Live-Blogging Thread

    Besides reading all the accounts of people coming to Hybridfest, feel free to stop by the "Press Room" on the Hybridfest web site http://hybridfest.com/PressRoom.htm

    Lot's of interviews and radio programs to listen to and articles as well.
     
  16. ericbecky

    ericbecky Member

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    Sorry guys... I'll be a bit late to hot Rods & Hybrids tonight at Quaker Steak & Lube.
    Why?
    Because I'll be on the local CBS TV's 5:00 broadcast. Live from the Fair.
    So if nothing else, if you're at QS&L, make them turn on channel 3!
    I'll try to give some "shout outs!"

    Bradlee, Justin and some other Hybridfest people should be there to greet you at QS&L.
     
  17. hobbit

    hobbit He who posts articles

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    The cruise-in was pretty entertaining, although the hybrids
    were sort of off in their own section [albeit right in front
    of the outside-opening part of the restaurant, which gave them
    prominence] and the rest of the place was *full* of rods and
    oldies of various sorts.
    .
    My attempt to paste together samples of a '68 Mustang idling and
    revving and play the CD of it over the stereo didn't really work --
    not LOUD enough to really be heard outside the car the same way!
    .
    _H*
     
  18. efusco

    efusco He who posts articles

    Re: The Unofficial HybridFest Live-Blogging Thread

    What a great event this is, you who couldn't make it and are upset...should be. Those who didn't consider coming...should have. Those who'll be coming up for Sat. & Sunday....prepare to see a very well organized event, meet a lot of people you'll know immediately from online and have a great time.

    I'm in the midst of uploading my day 1 photos to my flickr site and will post them soon.

    Weather conditions for the mpgchallenge really couldn't have been bettery. Bill Kinney hit 168mpg on the route...Wayne was ~154? The top 3 Prius 2s were over 100mpg...I came in a lowly 88.
     
  19. locutus

    locutus MPG Centurion

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    It was great to finally put some faces with some names and aliases. I have to say the challenge was really well put on this year - sensible rules to level the playing field, but with enough flexibility to cover things like people getting lost, random TRAINS, etc.

    Now that the challenge is over I'll finally be able to relax and enjoy things. ;)

    I'd post more but I'm exhausted. I think I finally got today's trips and fillups figured out, so I'm off to the DG forum and then to sleep. See everyone tomorrow!
     
  20. efusco

    efusco He who posts articles

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