___I have a ton of pics but will post the most pertinent in chronological order …
___Previous weeks topped off - Vapor Recovery Fill at my local BP.
___Wind conditions before we started out. Temps in the mid 60’s.
___And here she is in the drive waiting for lift off for her challenging voyage around Illinois
___Not a bad start if I do say so myself!
___Lots of hills taking her down
___Holding her own down in the St. Louis area!
___On her way back from St. Louis just before dark and still holding her own …
___Now that it’s dark, temps are falling fast
Already in the low 60’s but she is doing her darndest to hold onto her current FE …
___The “Little Red Beauty” is running was can be expected, which means great! For day #1 at least.
___Here are some details:
08:20 AM: Left drive heading South. Winds from the NW @ ~ 2 mph. This is a good omen.
08:40 AM: Saw a Prius I at just 20 miles out … Winds from the NW @ ~ 3 mph. Traveling I94/294 Southbound.
09:25 AM: Reached I294/I55. 116.0 mpg @ 53.2 miles shown. Winds from the NW @ ~ 5 mph now.
10:32 AM: Reached 100 mile mark w/ 114.4 mph on the FCD traveling south on I57. Winds from the W @ ~ 7 mph now.
11:05 AM: 123 miles out. Southbound I57. Winds from the W @ ~ 5 mph.
11:20 AM: 134 miles out. Southbound I57. Winds from the W @ ~ 5 mph.
12:10 PM: 170 miles out. Southbound I57. Winds from the W @ ~ 7 mph. Starting to feel the side winds buck her around a bit.
12:25 PM: 180 miles out. Southbound I57 just past Champaign, IL. Winds from the WSW @ ~ 7 mph. Highway road surface is almost entirely tire path depressed and is a mess.
12:55 PM: 200 miles out. 110.9 mpg on the FCD. Winds from the WSW @ 7 + mph.
01:20 PM: 217 miles out. 110.6 mpg on the FCD.
01:55 PM: 240 miles out. 110.4/110.6 mpg on the FCD. Appears to have stabilized. Winds from the W @ ~ 3 mph finally! Near Matoon, IL.
02:10 PM: 250 miles out. Winds are calm but am now hitting hill after hill after bloody hill. 110.9 mpg on the FCD.
02:20 PM: 259 miles out. Just passed I70 near Effingham, IL. Still southbound on I57. 111.1 mpg on the FCD.
03:21 PM: 300 miles out. Calm and Hilly on I57. 111.3 mpg on the FCD.
03:55 PM: 325 miles out. Calm and Hilly on I57. 111.6 mpg on the FCD. This is going to be a good day.
04:00 PM: Running WNW on I64 outside of Mt. Vernon, IL. Calm and Hilly on I57. 111.6 mpg on the FCD.
04:10 PM: Hitting killer hills. Do not take I57 to I64 on the next round trip of the state!!! 111.3 mpg on the FCD.
05:45 PM: 400 miles out near St. Louis, MO. 111.3 on the FCD. Hilly still.
06:25 PM: 430 miles out. North of St. Louis heading Northbound on I55. Winds from the W @ ~ 5 mph. 110.9 mpg on the FCD.
07:05 PM: 455 miles out. Winds from the NW … Headwind. 110.6 mpg on the FCD.
07:20 PM: 466 miles out. Winds from the NW … Headwind. 110.6 mpg on the FCD.
08:20 PM: 509 miles out. 110.6 mpg on the FCD. Winds have died off but it is getting cooler …
09:02 PM: 538.7 miles out. 110.4 mpg on the FCD. First bar off fuel gauge. I might break this world record after all!!!
10:20 PM: 595 miles out. It is dropping into the lower 60’s already and fuel economy is suffering. 109.9 mpg on the FCD.
01:21 AM: 717.5 miles and I made it home. 109.5 mpg on the FCD and it’s in the upper 50’s.
717.5 miles over 17.03 hours for an average of 42.12 mph.
___The Chicagoland area is expecting scattered storms tomorrow afternoon so I might do another 300 - 400 miles in the morning and finish the tank off on Monday afternoon.