Hi all, got back from the trip Sunday with report.
We left From Atlanta to Savannah at about 3:00PM Friday afternoon and I had to choose a route- The faster, but longer 100% freeway through the city or shorter, single lane highway riddled with stops. Since it was about 3PM I thought I'd beat Atlanta traffic.
It was SO hot
that AC was set to full and recirculate, but manually cycled off for steeper hills or acceleration to reduce enging load.
It was the five of us in the car with a trunk full of weekend luggage.
I was WRONG!
about the traffic!
After about 25 miles from home we entered gridlock Atlanta. (of course the radio mentioned nothing of this)
The next 65 miles were the "move 50 to 1000 feet then stop for a couple minutes" type traffic and we lost more than an hour and a half in the mess. Somewhere in the soup I became so disgusted that I abandoned all hypermiler techniques and just wanted to get out of it.
Once we were free of the mess we stopped for dinner and after leaving I went back to manually cycling the AC on/off under heavy load, as well as DWL. Speed varied between about 60-68 in a 70 zone.
300 Miles from home we finally reached Savannah and I had 54 point something MPG and more than 1/2 tank left. I felt good about that.
We drove about 100 miles while in Savannah...to the beach, sight seeing Etc.
The road back to Atlanta from Savannah was clear, but the first 190 miles was straight into the steady Western blowing head wind. We set AC to high and I cycled it sometimes, but not as faithfully as before. Shortly after turning North the fuel icon came on and down to one bar, where I filled it up. I used cruise control almost exclusively from Savannah back to Atlanta, locked in at 61MPH in the 65-70 zones. (Just plain lazy)
The tank came out just over 55MPG and I'm pretty happy with that considering everything.
Since we've came back my wife has used my HCH exclusively for several short trips...I noticed I'm a couple hundred miles into this tank and only in the 40's MPG for this tank so I have alot of catching up to do if I hope to salvage my numbers.
We had a great time in Savannah, including taking photos of some ghostly images.
Pretty cool stuff, I'll post some of them here if you wish.