Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Apr 30, 2022.
Welcome to the grind
Creeping back up…..
Not quite May here on the West Coast, but it is back east. So, May it is.
Went for an evening’s backroad drive in the big-tired manual Elantra. Some people think big tires are for the highway & high speeds. & so they are often driven such. Used on an easy-going, quiet, evening drive, big tires are excellent, too. Easing down an easy road, the big tires are quiet, smooth & absorb the bumps better than smaller tires. Looking for a quiet, smooth, easy drive? Get some quiet, smooth, Big Tires & your quiet, smooth & easy drive becomes quieter, smoother & easier.
I stopped at the river with my 9X63mm Big Binoculars, which are very good for the evening with the sun below the horizon. Darkening spots on the riverbanks, mid-current river islands & wedged wood debris in the river bottoms, make for excellent visuals through the 9X63’s. & so I was enjoying myself immensely. With increasing darkness, binoculars really take advantage of river reflections from the sky & flowing water catching stray light. While depending evermore on the reflections in the ever decreasing light on the waters, I saw an animal swimming, crossing from the far river bank towards an island in the river. At times, it seemed to have the sleek elegance of an otter. Other times, it seemed broader than an otter. It dove several times & I had increasingly tough times re-acquiring the animal. Twice tho, it moved onto the island & both times, it stood on its hind legs, with its ever-dimming outline of a fat beaver. Hope the beaver finds a slough or backwater to start a beaver dam. Otherwise, he’ll have a tough time damming the river, which is already a combination of five forks of rivers, a sixth & seventh river & innumerable creeks draining many mountains, glaciers, ridges & small hills.
Yeah, Big-Tired Elantra took me home…….easily.
Gord , thank you for starting the month of May.
Today , 49 deg F in Naperville , 48 in Elk Grove. Wind W9.
33.3 miles , fcd = 66.6 x .943 = 62.8 MPG.
With our 3 Hyundai vehicles taking me to the Wildlife areas for wildlife binocular adventures, once in a while, I mention the jet airliners passing overhead. Also on rarer occasions, I have mentioned private jets passing overhead (I just saw a private jet passing overhead yesterday). My private jet sightings are indeed, rightly showing an increase in private jets during this ccp coronavirus pandemic crisis. New data in, shows that the boom in private jets is continuing.
Yeah, the rich have their ways to separate themselves from “the motley masses”.
Of course, all that rich people privacy is at the expense of huge increases in per flight per capita gallons of jet fuel costs(& pollution), way over per flight per capita airliner fuel costs(& pollution).
Today . 48 deg F in Naperville , 46 in Elk Grove.
Wind ENE 13. Rain all the way.
33.3 miles , fcd = 57.9 x .943 = 54.6 MPG.
Rain here too……with more rain to come…..& more after that….Are you sure you don’t live in Washington state?
& on that note, will be taking lots of time away from the CleanMPG forum. Bad things happening. Might post once in a while to see how things are going. I’ve enjoyed the company. Thank you all for your help.
Sorry to hear you're experiencing bad things. Take care...
Good luck , litesong.
Thank you for your encouragements. Life just moved into darkness & may get darker. You were part of the good times.
Good luck litesong
Today , 40 deg F in Naperville , 38 in Elk Grove.
Wind NNE8. Roads are DRY.
33.3 miles , fcd = 60.7 x .943 = 57.2 MPG
Picking up my new motorcycle to day.
You know... you're going to be bringing Seattle weather to the Windy City. Hmmm, maybe that's not a bad thing considering your winters.
To a supermarket for some bargains (no charger though), 56°F:
3.5 miles - 196 Wh/mi or 5.1 Mi/kWh
3.0 miles - 257 Wh/mi or 3.9 Mi/kWh
Home charge before going to some friend's for a pub lunch via a garden centre, 57°F:
66.60 miles added in 2'03"
18.3 miles - 165 Wh/mi or 6.1 Mi/kWh
5.6 miles - 172 Wh/mi or 5.8 Mi/kWh
Back home, 63°F:
17.8 miles - 191 Wh/mi or 5.2 Mi/kWh
To free 11kW charger plus a lake walk, 45°F:
2.8 miles - 139 Wh/mi or 7.2 Mi/kWh
24.27 miles added in 29"
19.2 miles - 197 Wh/mi or 5.1 Mi/kWh
Back home, 55°F:
19.1 miles - 182 Wh/mi or 5.5 Mi/kWh
To work yesterday morning, moderate rain (seems like we haven't had any for weeks now), 49°F:
19.6 miles - 188 Wh/mi or 5.3 Mi/kWh
Today , 44 deg F in Naperville , 42 in Elk Grove.
33.3 miles , fcd = 64.5 x .943 = 60.8 MPG.
Going home yesterday, 57°F:
19.1 miles - 178 Wh/mi or 5.6 Mi/kWh
To free charger this morning with different longer walk, 45°F:
2.8 miles - 208 Wh/mi or 4.8 Mi/kWh
43.79 miles added in 51"
I was 5 minutes later leaving the charger to head to work and the traffic was a lot busier, queues everywhere.
I ended up taking a couple of small detours just to keep moving.
Charger to work, 48°F:
19.8 miles - 225 Wh/mi or 4.4 Mi/kWh
I've decided it's not worth the extra time as according to Teslafi.com, I used 21.9 rated miles compared to 18.5 on Tuesday morning, so 3.4 additional rated miles used. The 5 minutes of extra charging only got me 4.3 miles!
Range at 151.3 miles or 45%
Good work , Gord !
Today , 48deg F in Lombard, 47 in Elk Grove. Wind NE12.
Light rain all the way.
16.3 miles , fcd = 66.7 x .943 = 62.9 MPG.
The jet stream has been south of the north part of the US for months. The heat from the tropics can’t break through the cold of the Arctic spilling southward. Many times when the lower latitudes are cold, the average temperatures over the North Pole region down to 80arcdegrees latitude is warmer than its normal average. Not so now. Its cold, at least in the higher & moderate latitude Northern Hemisphere. At this time of year & in the month previous, there has been a colder spell on the higher Arctic, than has been registered for many decades.
I could use some of that good old global warming right now.
If the state of Florida disappears......no great loss.
You don’t know me, but you’re trying to get rid of me?
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