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lamebums
05-25-2008, 08:23 PM
For the holiday weekend I decided to make a run to Philly, where my mother lives and I'd spend a couple weeks here. I drove up on Thursday to beat the holiday traffic. The weather was beautiful: 60 degrees, sunny with a few clouds. Wind was out of the southwest for a while.

(It changed to northeast by the end of the day :mad::mad::mad:).

Highlight of the day:

A white Hummer H2 passed me just north of Cincinnati, really hauling ass. He had Kentucky plates.

I caught up to the H2 and went on my way west of Wheeling, still in Ohio. I saw him at a gas station (while I was at a McDonalds).

The H2 passed me near New Stanton, hauling ass.

The H2 passed me again near Lancaster or something, again hauling ass. I swear it was the same H2 every time.

I guess he stopped four times to get gas?! :eek:



Other cool pictures:

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Some amazing FE while following a box truck for almost two hours at 50 mph :)



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A wind farm somewhere in western PA. Those turbines were huge! (this picture from at least five miles away)



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My worst nightmare :angry: :angry: :angry:

Ophbalance
05-25-2008, 09:50 PM
Ah, Lancaster... you gotta watch out for those Amish. Also home to Dutch Wonderland, the Strausburg railroad, etc. I miss PA. I lived near Hershey park, Knoebels Amusement Resort (one of the top 10 roller coaster stops in the US), Penn State Main campus. The only thing I'm digging about NC is the seasons are milder, and the roads are flatter.

bestmapman
05-25-2008, 10:15 PM
Auston will probably come back complaining about all those amish buggies tailgating him.

RichXKU
05-26-2008, 10:51 PM
Auston will probably come back complaining about all those amish buggies tailgating him.

http://forums.clubsi.com/images/graemlins/default/laugh1.gif

That, and RR is sometimes out of the question due to, let's say, horse deposits near the edge of the road.

lamebums
06-06-2008, 12:11 AM
http://forums.clubsi.com/images/graemlins/default/laugh1.gif

That, and RR is sometimes out of the question due to, let's say, horse deposits near the edge of the road.

Wasn't Jud complaining about that just the other day?

No buggies on the Turnpike though. :( Plenty of semi trucks slowed down to 60, instead of the usual 80+ though. Probably because of diesel prices.

bestmapman
06-06-2008, 07:03 AM
Wasn't Jud complaining about that just the other day?

Yea, you should have been there when I washed my car.:eek:

lamebums
06-14-2008, 12:10 PM
Return trip on the 9th.



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The best FE I was able to achieve with corn in my tank and a headwind of ~10 MPH. And yes I was following that truck more closely than usual to compensate.




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I can take the Wheeling bypass (I-470) with a 65mph speed limit and I have to go up that HUGE hill on the left.

Or I can go down into the valley, through Wheeling with a 45 MPH speed limit. Not a hard choice. To hell with that by-pass. :)





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One of two signs on I-71 just south of Columbus, Ohio. This one said "Hell is real" and had five of the ten commandments on the back.

The other sign which I didn't get said "Where would you go" and the other five commandments.


Other than that, driving through Ohio was something like this: Barn, corn, cop. Barn, corn, cop. :(

degnaw
07-09-2008, 12:57 PM
I made this trip over spring break this year, before I cared about fuel economy at all-I probably averaged 70mph in ohio and 75 on the turnpike. There was also this twisty stretch where the trucks in the right lane were going 75, so I with my (former) must-pass attitude joined the line of cars doing 80 in the left lane...

I have to make the trip again later this summer, but my parents seem to think anything less than 5 over is "extremely dangerous" :(

lamebums
07-13-2008, 12:06 AM
I made this trip over spring break this year, before I cared about fuel economy at all-I probably averaged 70mph in ohio and 75 on the turnpike. There was also this twisty stretch where the trucks in the right lane were going 75, so I with my (former) must-pass attitude joined the line of cars doing 80 in the left lane...

I have to make the trip again later this summer, but my parents seem to think anything less than 5 over is "extremely dangerous" :(

One observation I was able to easily notice is how much the traffic, especially the semi's, have slowed down. Over spring break (which I'm sure you'll remember since that's when we had two feet of snow) I did 60-65 the whole way, and got passed by trucks doing 75.

In May, I did 55, and got passed by trucks doing 60. Very few (maybe 1 out of 20) were still hauling ass like before.

As to 70 MPH in Ohio, how did you get away with it? I got pulled over for 67 in a 65 once on I-71. It was the 28th of the month so I chalked it up to quota time for the Ohio Highway Patrol. Got off with a warning. Ever since then I do the ****ing speed limit or less at all times in Ohio, regardless of where or when I'm there.

lamebums
07-13-2008, 02:16 PM
I think next time I go I'm going to get two 5 gallon gas cans and fill them up with straight gas. And then put the gas in the car as needed while I'm in Philly, but I will never put any of that Sunoco corn **** in my car again.

degnaw
07-13-2008, 04:46 PM
As to 70 MPH in Ohio, how did you get away with it? I got pulled over for 67 in a 65 once on I-71. It was the 28th of the month so I chalked it up to quota time for the Ohio Highway Patrol. Got off with a warning. Ever since then I do the ****ing speed limit or less at all times in Ohio, regardless of where or when I'm there.

67 in a 65? And i thought some speedometers aren't even accurate to 2mph...I actually didn't see a single cop in Ohio whereas i saw three on the papike, which didn't chase us even though we were probably still speeding by ~3mph when we passed by.

and I looked at the new map in your signature and it seems now there's "7.8 rvp" or something in sw ohio...what's that?

lamebums
07-14-2008, 01:11 AM
67 in a 65? And i thought some speedometers aren't even accurate to 2mph...I actually didn't see a single cop in Ohio whereas i saw three on the papike, which didn't chase us even though we were probably still speeding by ~3mph when we passed by.

and I looked at the new map in your signature and it seems now there's "7.8 rvp" or something in sw ohio...what's that?

RVP stands for Reid Vapor Pressure--regular gas is ~9.0 which is a measure of its volatility. Anything less is a sort of RFG if I have my facts straight. RFG is fairly harmless with regards to FE though. It's the ethanol you have to watch for.



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