Month of September 2020 (Nat’l Avg $2.232)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Sep 1, 2020.

  1. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Hi TFF. You did great, especially with any city driving at all. And four up as well!

    Horrible about the accident. :(
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  2. TheFordFamily

    TheFordFamily Well-Known Member

    Yes, I'm still quite upset about it. I couldn't imagine being in the position of the family...

    There was some "city" driving on the thruway, a lot of construction traffic. It took around 7 hours or so? On the way back the computer was indicating around 28, so I would guess closer to 27.5 on the return. A lot harder to get decent MPGs when you're heading west!
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  3. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Sorry to interrupt, but India has just added 1 million ccp coronavirus cases in 2 weeks! Historical India details (including Post Scripts) are in the ccp coronavirus thread, dated July 17, 2020.
    World ccp coronavirus cases have added 1 million..... in only 3 days!!! Now return to topic of the thread.
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  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Thanks for the pointless and gruesome interruption.
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  5. litesong

    litesong litesong

    You are welcome. Stay safe, wear masks, keep your distance, as countries open up. Careful around young people. They aren’t as susceptible to ccp coronavirus & don’t adhere to safety rules like they should. Needless to say, stay away from “don’T rump” fanatics..... whatever their age, they ain’t carrying or wearing masks.
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  6. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Home on the bike Thursday night, 59°F, partial tailwind WSW9:
    No fuel / 20.2 / avg 20.0mph

    Friday morning, motorway, 54°F, partial headwind WSW8:
    51.7 / 21.5

    Friday lunchtime, motorway, 61°F, mostly tailwind W12 including a partial fill with a £1 ($1.30) voucher:
    52.1 / 21.5

    Monday morning, motorway, 50°F, head/crosswind SW6:
    52.4 / 21.5

    Going home Monday, motorway, 63°F, partial tailwind WSW10 including another stop for Shell fuel with a £20 ($26) voucher from - filled it up this time:
    47.7 / 16.0

    Tank Stats

    Miles on tank: 621.5
    GallsUS: 12.52 galls @ equivalent of $3.91/gall after vouchers (cheap for UK!)
    Calc. MPG : 49.28mpg
    Calc. Range: 52.4 miles (allowing for extra in tank)
    FCD Range: 30 (estimated due to partial fill)
    FCD MPG : 51.46 MPG (4.43% over-report)
    UG MPG : 49.11 MPG (0.33% under-report)
    No. of trips: 28
    Average trip length: 22.0
    Average speed 32mph
    Driving time on tank: 19hrs 16mins
    Days since last fill: 18
    Commuting: 53%
    Ave. Temperature: 61.7°F - quite low for time of year
    Ave. no. of people in car: 1.86
    Pmpg for the tank: 91.7

    FCD over-report for tank 69 will remain at 5.4% so I'll adjust the indicated numbers down by that.

    Gas station to home, 63°F:
    58.9 / 5.5

    To work on the bike Tuesday morning - dark to start and drizzling, 61°F, partial headwind WSW6:
    No fuel / 22.2 / avg 17.9mph

    New tank Range 635 . Guess gauge F««««|««««E . UG at 64.8 / DTE 870
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  7. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Nice tank , Gord.
    In the Honda for the rest of the week. My mechanic
    has the Prius. 60 d eg F , very light rain ,
    light headwind , 35.1 miles, fcd = 46.6 MPG.
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  8. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    In the Honda again ( Prius is getting new brakes).
    56 deg F , same headwind as yesterday (NE).
    35.1 miles , fcd = 47.5 MPG. Car thermometer indicated
    52 F by my house ( eastern Aurora ).
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  9. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Hi Edwin. Do you think it is due to non-use? I know I consciously use the mechanical brakes once in a while, if only to get the after-rain rust off. I just shift into neutral on a short stretch while coming off our hill...
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  10. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks Bill :)
    Home on the bike last night, 59°F, mostly tailwind W6:
    No fuel / 19.9 / avg 20.6mph - fasted cycle home yet in 58:08

    This morning, motorway, coolest commute since May, 46°F, mostly headwind WNW4:
    52.2 / 21.5

    Tank down 5.4 at 53.5 (FCD 56.3) / Range 635 . Fuel gauge F««««|««««E . UG down 7.5 at 57.3 / DTE 748
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  11. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Your bicycle commutes are amazing, Gord. Originally, I thought, gee, who's got the time to do a long commute on a bicycle? But you're carrying what, maybe 60% of the speed of the car's commute average? That's not much extra time in the grand scheme and rewards in so many ways for you. Great job!

    re: cooler temps - Ever since I researched winter tires, I've become more aware of the limitations of regular tires (summer or even "all-seasons") when the temps drop down close to freezing water and lower. I'm ready to try out the winter tires though probably won't need them till November or so. And we usually do a long road trip in November to warmer parts (mid-Atlantic coastal USA) so I may not even put on the winter tires until after that. Last year was crazy though, coming home in a snow storm once we hit New Jersey/New York.
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  12. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks Bill. It took me 45 minutes to get home in the car last night so maybe nearer 75% going home but I’m slower in a morning - I’ve never seen the point of rushing to work :p
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  13. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    75%... even better, Gord. That sort of highlights just how terrible your car commute is, unfortunately. :D But you do very well in your car. Imagine all the petrol being wasted by the less conscientious around you. Waste is horrible around me with gasoline selling for between $1.80 and $2.20 per US gallon. Let's just sit in our parked SUVs on cool sunny days with the windows rolled up and the engine and AC running. Sigh... 'Unnecessary idling' laws exist but are unenforced.

    grumble grumble... :D

    Enjoy your weekend, everyone!
  14. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Unnecessary idling really annoys me too Bill....

    Last night, motorway, 60°F:
    49.1 / 21.5

    This morning, motorway, 54°F:
    53.3 / 21.5

    Tank down 1.5 at 52.0 (FCD 54.8) / Range 635 . Guess gauge F««««|««««E . UG down 2.9 at 54.4 / DTE 665
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  15. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Hey, Bill! Go to the Neowise Comet thread & see my addition to the last post. I credit you for giving me the new idea to track with the Pentax lens! Again, as I stated in the thread, Thank you, Bill for helping to give me the idea.
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  16. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Thanks for the credit for whatever it was. :confused:
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  17. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Yes, thanks for the idea to use the 20power binoculars as a “finder” & then replacing with the 1000mm, f/8 Pentax lens for detail work (with the smoke.... still untried). The Neowise Comet thread also gave me the idea & incentive to drag out the Pentax camera lens & use it as a 12.5 cm, low power telescope (which is working wonderfully). I thought the one 60 power eyepiece I have for the Pentax Lens would limit me to 4arcseconds of starsplitter resolution, but I have split stars to under 3arcseconds now, making me really happy.
    PS....AAAUUUGH!!!! The idea to use the lower power binoculars to zero in on a celestial object, then replace it with the Pentax lens(used as a telescope) didn’t work out. First, even if dismounting the binoculars & mounting the Pentax went perfectly, I don’t think the two sets of optics point to the same point in the sky. Second, the effort to unscrew the binoculars, align the second optic on the screw thread & screw-on the heavy Pentax is too much to hope that tripod alignment can be maintained. Third, doing it on a continuous basis is way beyond my back to hold up. Coming home from a celestial observing session with my back out, will not be a celestial pleasure.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2020
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  18. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    You're welcome. :)
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  19. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Going to Rockford today , which means about 160 miles ( round trip ). I will
    take the Honda. The Prius struggles on the highway , and I don't go as fast as
    all the other vehicles. I will probably take the two lane highways or roads that
    are 55 PSL or less.
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  20. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Friday lunchtime, motorway route, 64°F, partial tailwind WSW12:
    48.7 / 21.2

    Did a 51.8 mile bike ride over the weekend - didn't drive my car.

    This morning, motorway route, 59°F, cross/headwind SW4:
    51.7 / 21.5

    Tank down 0.7 at 51.3 (FCD 54.1) / Range 625 . Guess gauge F««««|««««E . UG down 1.1 at 53.3 / DTE 609
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