Month of March 2022 (Nat'l Avg $3.619)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Feb 28, 2022.

  1. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    A very ice finish regardless of conditions, though likely not the best conditions possible so an even better accomplishment. Well done!
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  2. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Oh, Boy! Time to waste gasoline…….. :confused:
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  3. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Hey, hey, hey! Ya ken’t do that! Washington state has the highest gas prices…..’cept fer Cally-four-NIA. Couple weeks ago, I paid $3.999 a gallon. Then, I seen gas prices go to $4.39, so I stopped drivin’. But later, I saw one place in western Washington had the lowest price of any other place in Washington state AND EVEN BEAT I-DEE-HOE, which would be saying sumpun, ‘cept I-DEE-HOE ain’t no place ya ken call sumpun. Wasn’t a deal, but at $3.959, I bot sum, that didn’t sum up too bad, ya no.
  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    16.7 miles, fcd = 72.2 x .943 = 68.1 MPG.

    I'll take it.
  5. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    I didn’t really understand that litesong! Beyond my English brain :oops:

    Back home Thursday night, 54°F:
    20.0 miles - 188 Wh/mi or 5.3 Mi/kWh

    Home charge early Friday morning, 37.6 miles added in 1'7"
    Then went to free 11kW charger, a further 30.93 miles added in 37" while I had my usual way down by the canal, 38°F.
    2.8 miles - 173 Wh/mi or 5.8 Mi/kWh

    Charger to work:
    19.2 miles - 221 Wh/mi or 4.5 Mi/kWh

    Work to home, 53°F:
    19.8 miles - 180 Wh/mi or 5.6 Mi/kWh

    Went to mum's house to show a potential buyer round Friday afternoon (he's interested!), charged up while I was there, 58°F:
    4.4 miles - 176 Wh/mi or 5.7 Mi/kWh
    12.4 miles added in 1'9"
    4.4 miles - 264 Wh/mi or 3.8 Mi/kWh

    Back over to mum's Saturday morning to start clearing it out, 44°F:
    4.4 miles - 154 Wh/mi or 6.5 Mi/kWh
    Another charge, 26.7 miles added in 2'42"
    4.4 miles - 243 Wh/mi or 4.1 Mi/kWh

    Did a 62.7 miles bike ride Sunday morning - first long one in a while, average speed only 17.7mph - need to get my fitness level up!

    Sunday afternoon, dropped some stuff over to mum at Care Home (can't go in until 29th due to Covid cases) but managed to speak to her on the phone:
    2.4 miles - 198 Wh/mi or 5.1 Mi/kWh
    Identical numbers going back home:
    2.4 miles - 198 Wh/mi or 5.1 Mi/kWh

    To work this morning, frosty 28°F:
    19.6 miles - 207 Wh/mi or 4.8 Mi/kWh
  6. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Best thing to understand from my post…..the higher the gas price, the less I drive. I love your high M/kWhrs.
    I used to bicycle about like you, except I never understood that top gear wasn’t the most efficient gear & I didn’t ever carry enough water.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2022
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  7. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    You were not alone in your misunderstandings. Most novice cyclists make the very same two mistakes.
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  8. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    I have amended a few of my posts - cheers Red :D
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  9. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 56 deg F in Naperville , 48 in Elk Grove.
    Wind SSW8 ( nice ! )
    33.2 miles , fcd = 66.2 x .943 = 62.4 MPG.

    When gas prices go up..... well , I still need to drive to work.
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  10. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Oh, yeah! Another advantage of retirement……most of my driving is for my fun. When the gas prices go up, my fun goes down. In my income bracket, it really affects my driving miles. When gas prices go up, lots of people who drive less or then buy higher MPG vehicles, HELP to bring gas prices back down.
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  11. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Back home last night, 54°F:
    19.6 miles - 187 Wh/mi or 5.3 Mi/kWh

    Went to mum's house, parked there then walked to the local pub for a meeting, 51°F:
    4.4 miles - 180 Wh/mi or 5.6 Mi/kWh
    20.5 miles added in 2 hours
    Wasn’t in a hurry so as an experiment, I tried driving a lot slower going back, 30mph in a 60psl 2/3 of the way as it was very quiet then some traffic caught me up, so last bit was at 50mph:
    4.4 miles - 242 Wh/mi or 4.1 Mi/kWh - not massively better - net uphill - I wonder what the optimum speed is, hmm

    This morning to free 11kW charger and a 3+ mile walk down by the canal, 38°Fׄ:
    2.9 miles - 166 Wh/mi or 6.0 Mi/kWh
    42.83 miles added in 51"
    Charger to work, 39°F:
    19.2 miles - 201 Wh/mi or 5.0 Mi/kWh
  12. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Shhhh…… we won’t tell anyone you’re getting free electricity…….

    Hey, did someone say free? No, someone said FREE. Yabba Daba Doooooo! Shhhh…..just yab dab do…..
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2022
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  13. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 51 deg F in Naperville , 48 in Elk Grove.
    Roads wet and sticky , used the wipers.
    33.3 miles , fcd = 61.3 x .943 = 57.8 MPG
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  14. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Back home last night, warmer 63°F:
    19.6 miles - 192 Wh/mi or 5.2 Mi/kWh

    Small home charge this morning (20.47 miles added in 38") then to free 11kW charger again and a 2 mile walk down by the canal this time, 40°F:
    2.8 miles - 139 Wh/mi or 7.2 Mi/kWh
    30.46 miles added in 47"
    Had a quick chat with a '22 Model Y owner - he's loving it so far and enjoying a free charge while he goes to the gym - covers his daily miles!

    Charger to work, 41°F:
    19.2 miles - 211 Wh/mi or 4.7 Mi/kWh
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  15. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today 41 deg F in Naperville and Elk Grove.
    Wet roads for the last 48 hours.
    33.3 miles , fcd = 60.5 x .943 = 57.0 MPG.
    Looking forward to scenic drive home tonight
    with ( hopefully ) 62+ MPG.
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  16. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Hyundai Accent took me for a short drive(the gas prices, ya know), stopping at the Wildlife area. Lucky binocular was with me & sure enough, Lucky got lucky:
    Lots of winter downfall. Sometimes when trees and branches fall, I’ll see individual branches which stick in the ground. Sometimes they’re almost vertical and they are like spears. But then I saw something I have never seen. A really rotten tree had fallen. The impact had busted the main trunk completely to pieces. One of the larger branches had not only broken off the tree, but itself, had broken in multiple places. But some of that branch itself never made it to the ground. Two small broken branches, that were on the same side of that larger broken branch, had speared the ground & just like legs on a park bench, held the larger branch above the ground. I went over and sat on the branch, as if it was a “real” park bench…..because it was…..a Godmade park bench.
    Walking to the lake, Lucky showed 5 cormorants & I stirred up a Bald Eagle which flew away between the trees. Walked over to one of the main sloughs & Lucky binocular really earned her name. At 15power, Lucky showed a Blue Heron 200 yards away, standing on a partial beaver dam. I heard some other birds flying past, but I kept Lucky on the Heron. It didn’t matter. The birds flew into the line of sight of Lucky, flared and landed in front of the Heron. They were Hooded Merganzers. Swinging Lucky a bit right, I saw a cormorant with a big fish in its mouth. The cormorant struggled & couldn’t get the fish down. After 10 minutes, the Heron walked into the FOV & asked the cormorant if he needed help with the fish. The cormorant nodded “No help needed” and finally swallowed the fish. I heard more birds flying past, but again kept Lucky on the Blue Heron & cormorant. It didn’t matter again. The passing birds flew into the FOV and landed in front of the BH and cormorant. They were Wood Ducks.
    Following the slough further & Lucky showed 2 Canadian Geese and some more Wood Duck.
    So Lucky continues with luck and I & her saw interactions I’ve never seen before.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2022
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  17. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 39 deg F in Naperville , 38 in Elk Grove.
    Wind W7 at the halfway point ( Lombard ).
    33.3 miles , fcd = 60.9*.943 = 57.4 MPG.
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  18. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Accent took me to the Wildlife area again. Took the Tasco zoom binoculars this time & Lucky stayed home. But, Lucky wished the Tasco & me luck…..& again we had luck……& again later, I sat on the Godmade bench…..but this time for an hour. With the Tasco binoculars the hour passed quickly as I looked at this & I looked at that. Yes, the Godmade bench is a little high to sit on, but God had thought of that, too. Another branch had come down with the Godmade bench…..& provided a footrest, so my legs didn’t have to dangle for an hour. I guess I could have found a footrest……but I didn’t need to.
    Now, I had said that Lucky binocular wished us luck, & she really meant it.
    Earlier, before I sat on the Godmade bench, I saw a Red-shafted Flicker which flew away. Then I saw a robin & the Tasco gave an excellent view. & as I moved slowly forward, the robin moved forward. Then I saw another bird ahead of the robin that I was looking at with the binoculars. Still watching the robin, the robin meandered towards the other bird. Lifting the binocular view, I got the other bird in the FOV of the robin… was the Red-Shafted Flicker. He & the robin were looking at each other, while both picked at food possibilities on the ground. Finally, both birds were within a foot of each other. In the same view, the Flicker towered over the robin. The Flicker has a sharper bill, that is twice as long as the robin’s, & this Flicker had a very very sharp, very very black bill. The Flicker made one dart towards the robin & the robin took off & away. The Tasco binoculars showed the true beauty of the Flicker. It looked like the Flicker had had a custom paint job!!! The black spots & dashes were immaculately patterned on brown feathering. Not a lover of the colors brown or gray, this Flicker looked like it was dressed in a King’s wardrobe. The head & neck blending down onto the chest was an overall gray of the richest & most even tapestry. The adorning red, brown & black spots & markings had been applied with the highest precision with no imperfection anywhere. The underwing red loveliness, I never saw. Every time he moved his wings, I wasn’t watching with the binoculars. But, he was a truly, truly remarkable specimen of Flickers.
    Eventually he become bored with the unremarkably colored human being & flew away.
    Over on the slough, I saw some Ring-necked ducks, Mallards, Hooded Meganzers & Cormorants, all very quiet, till my thumping-arounds made them start to drift away on the waters.
    After my sit down on the bench, Accent carried me home.
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2022
  19. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today 32 deg F in Lombard , 33 in Elk Grove.
    Snow on the car, wet roads. Wind WNW14.
    16.3 miles , fcd = 61.5 x .943 = 57.8 MPG
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  20. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Back home Wednesday night, 54°F:
    19.6 miles - 187 Wh/mi or 5.3 Mi/kWh

    To mum's to sort some stuff out - 3 piles - bin, charity donation, keep:
    4.4 miles - 180 Wh/mi or 5.6 Mi/kWh
    Slow charge while I was there - 11.42 miles added in 1'7"
    4.4 miles - 242 Wh/mi or 4.1 Mi/kWh

    To work Thursday, 39°F:
    19.6 miles - 202 Wh/mi or 5.0 Mi/kWh
    Back home, mild again, 64°F:
    20.1 miles - 187 Wh/mi or 5.3 Mi/kWh

    Big home charge Friday morning (198.44 miles added in 5'57") and we were going to our holiday home again that afternoon as soon as I got home from work.
    To free 11kW charger, 40°F:
    2.8 miles - 173 Wh/mi or 5.8 Mi/kWh

    Had a problem with my usual charger so I tried the other 2 - still no charge, even tried the 50kW (chargeable CCS Combo) - still no charge! The Model Y owner appeared just as I was about to ring the helpline so I told him I'd been having trouble and he couldn't charge either - he gave up and drove to the gym. The lady on the helpdesk said they'd had a communication issue and I couldn't use the App but if I followed the on-screen instructions, I 'may' be able to get a free unauthorised charge! It worked, used my bank card as an RFID card and 50kW free charging was the result. I needed the faster charger as I now only had 30 minutes as I'd lost 15 minutes of charge time messing about!

    31.32 miles added in 30" - the charge started at 39kW but really slowed down as it neared full. Range 335 miles.

    Charger to work, 41°F:
    19.2 miles - 221 Wh/mi or 4.5 Mi/kWh
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