Month of July 2021 (Nat'l Avg $3.123)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Jul 2, 2021.

  1. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    While I cycled about half that far today with friends, at a much more modest pace, and about a third that far yesterday with even slower friends. It's too hot in S.C. now to ride fast!

    You seem to be the athlete here.
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  2. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks Red, I keep trying and I hit 55 next month :rolleyes:
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  3. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 68 deg F in Naperville , 71 in Elk Grove.
    No wind. 35.1 miles , fcd = 69.2 x .943 = 65.2 MPG.
    After work today , I go to LaGrange to pick up my new glasses.
    Some of the roads are not very MPG-friendly(Rte 83). And since I work later now , more traffic.
    At least going home from LaGrange should be better. If can average 70 MPG (fcd) , I'm okay.
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  4. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I don't want to be outside let alone be athletic. We're getting fine particulate matter in the air from the Western fires. I don't know what the scale for the air quality index is but if linear, it is seven times our average. We have air quality alerts from the government. Before we were aware of the alert, the air was so bad that my wife thought it was a fire in the neighborhood and sent me a text about it as she was leaving home yesterday for an errand.
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  5. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Yesterday when I got home , Trip B read 41.6 miles , fcd = 71.1.
    So I reset it like I do at the end of each trip. Then I toggled thru to see
    117 miles remaining , Trip A at 540-something miles and 70.5 MPG (fcd).
    Then , like a knucklehead , I reset Trip A as well !
    Not planning to fill up until I leave work Thursday afternoon.

    Today , 75 deg F. It started raining when I left the house at 4:00 and was
    raining HARD when I got to work at 4:55. Our parking lot was flooded ( it happens ) so
    I had to park somewhere else. That trip was 35.2 and 58.4. Ouch.
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  6. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 71 deg F in Northbrook , 73 in Elk Grove.
    Nice headwind SW 9. 17.2 miles, fcd = 68.9 x .943 = 65.0 MPG.

    Because of the headwind , I could not find the sweet spot that gives
    70-75 MPG at 40-ish MPH. So I did P+G most of the way.

    At least it wasn't raining.
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  7. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Last year, the forest fires from British Columbia province, California, Oregon & eastern Washington states were extreme on the west coast(terrible this year, too). Last year tho, the wind directions were different & blew smoke thickly into our Salish Sea(Puget Sound) area. Just like your wife, I looked out of our upper floor window & saw a concentration of slowly moving, swirling smoke, & thought it was a fire in the neighborhood. Never had I ever seen such thickness in the past & like you, people here didn’t want to go outside.

    So far this year, the wind directions have kept our western Washington skies pretty clear. But I’ve been worrying for the last decade, that our western Washington very heavily treed(& brushy) forests would catch fire en masse. Our western Washington forests have one of the greatest bio-mass concentrations in the world. The thickest smoke concentrations ever on the planet would be here in western Washington, & I think hundreds (thousands?) of people would die, not only from direct fire burning, but from fine & large fire particles & suffocation.
    Climate change is now & excess energy in the atmosphere is having its way.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2021
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  8. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    ... and you're a very long distance from the fires. While I was in western Kentucky 1-2 weeks ago, skies were hazy from those Western fires. During my return to S.C. via I-40 last Thursday, the smoke was even worse in the N.C. mountains. My sister showed an animation of the pattern of that smoke spreading over much of the US. It's not as bad here as it was in Kentucky---so far.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2021
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  9. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    We've had a bit of rain recently so the air quality is much improved. I have had a portable HEPA filter that I can use in the car. My DIY version of Tesla's "Bioweapon Defense mode" though undoubtedly less effective than Tesla's. I kept the vents on recirc and I've been doing that more frequently the past year and a half with COVID-19.
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  10. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Some of the thick clouds (not smoke clouds) we got after the Northwest heatwave, I was hoping would have delivered considerable rainfall. But we only had 1/100th of an inch of rain or less. That’s why the fires are raging on the West Coast. We, in western Washington tho, have had spectacularly nice weather, with the winds blowing the smoke over the US, except for our area. We have had long weeks, to eat our evening dinners in the back yard & watch the squirrels, birds, tomato plants & flowers grow. Our sunflowers are over 10 feet high.
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  11. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Sure, rub it in, litesong. ;)
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  12. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Hey….if I was rubbing it in, I woulda tol’ ya ‘bout our 11.7 foot sunflower from 2 years ago. Oh, I jes tol’ ya. Guess that means….I’M RUBBING IT IN NOW.
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  13. litesong

    litesong litesong

    I just looked at one of the smoke maps for the July period. Your wife’s comment that your smoke was like a neighborhood fire floored me that the smoke could stay so concentrated as it blew across the country.
    One thing the smoke map showed, was a strongly concentrated forest fire just north of Minnesota in southern Canada really blew up in mid-July. The smoke from that fire headed for Massachusetts & remained very concentrated, as it passed over your state(& other states). It was quite phenomenal.
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  14. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Yeah, we had a sweet run of clear weather. But, the last few days, I’ve noted haze gathering on the horizon, during the last few days of cloudy weather. & today, I was walking under trees, & noted the trees cast weird shadows. Looking toward the sun, a distinct pale red showed itself surrounding the sun & round-about. Smoke is coming from somewhere(maybe the many fires in British Columbia).
  15. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Thu 22 July going home, non-motorway route, avoided temporary traffic lights near home for the last time!, 84°F:
    51.7 (FCD 54.4) / 20.7

    Sunday went 3UP plus dog to our holiday home, busy - went a different way:
    48.8 (FCD 51.4) / 107.2

    Mon 26 July, various short trips on vacation - lots of narrow, hilly roads not great for good FE:
    39.3 (FCD 41.1) / 20.7
    35.6 (FCD 37.5) / 20.7
    45.7 (FCD 48.1) / 20.7 - called in at gas station to fill-up:

    Tank Stats

    Miles on tank: 546.0
    GallsUS: 10.98
    Calc. MPG : 49.72mpg
    Calc. Range: 129.3 miles (allowing for extra in tank)
    FCD Range: 105
    FCD MPG : 52.38 MPG (5.34% over-report)
    UG MPG : 46.72 MPG (6.03% under-report)
    No. of trips: 21
    Average trip length: 26.0
    Average speed 34mph
    Driving time on tank: 15hrs 57mins
    Days since last fill: 10
    Commuting: 35.5%
    Ave. Temperature: 73.5°F

    More vacation trips:

    44.4 / 3.5 - back to holiday home

    29.0 / 4.4
    40.7 / 5.1

    33.2 / 8.2
    55.6 / 7.7

    29.9 / 2.8
    55.0 / 2.8
    34.9 / 5.1
    44.4 / 5.0

    Tank at a really low 38.6 (FCD 40.6) / 44.6 / Range 445 . Guess gauge F««««|««««E . UG at 36.1 / DTE 444

    It can only get better from here!
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  16. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    You're absolutely right! Clear sailing henceforth!

    Those short trips really take a hit especially when all the warmup cost is borne by that segment. But you're not driving much on vacation so that's goodness in itself.

    I watched some shows about factory built kit homes delivered to remote locations in the UK. I can just picture you sharing those little roads with the big trucks. :D Hey! I was here first. YOU back up! :D
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  17. Dorean Clarke

    Dorean Clarke Well-Known Member

    Very impressive tank you have, dude.
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