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Old 01-02-2008, 12:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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More from driving around and going over to my cycling start points than the actual drive down which was my big quest to hit 30 on a long trip and failed.

Half the gang is in the land of Treb and that big famous rodent today while I recover from a New Years Day century ride which luckily occurred before the same cold system as you have there hit here. It's only 44° outside... yuck!

I head back up on Friday...

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Yep, pretty much sounds like Missouri.
Here In IL, the law is,

If it says, ex.55, 60, 40, 45. you can go 5 over without getting pulled over. Once you hit MO, you can go 10-20mph over, even faster if you have a police scrambler and radar detector. Go as fast as Possible without getting shot in East St. Louis, and when the speed limit says 70, go 85 to prevent getting smashed in the rear from a honda going 95. Autobahn Courtesy rules apply
Yea I hate that I'm always going down 94 going to detroit michigan. And someone in a honda is doing 95 tailgating me. The best is when the cut you off and almost cause an accident to save a minute.
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Interesting how it's about linear...
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After the taller trans it starts to look less linear.

Speaking of which, have you thought about tracking down a set of taller wheels/tires and running another one of these tests Darin?
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Yea I hate that I'm always going down 94 going to detroit michigan. And someone in a honda is doing 95 tailgating me. The best is when the cut you off and almost cause an accident to save a minute.
I feel for you, I live in MI, and 94 is said to be the worst road ever. I believe it is actually a drug route from Chicago to Detroit.

Anyway, what's the point of measuring speed in km/hr if you're giving your fuel economy in mi/ga?

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Interesting how it's about linear...
I know. Not what I was expecting to see. Projecting the slope, apparently at about 210 km/h the car would be getting 0 mpg.

In fact, I the day I did the original (green) plot, I was collecting one more data point @ 110 km/h, but I discarded it because one of the bi-directional runs was ruined (I think I caught up to another car and had to brake - speed limit is 80 on that road). But the one "good" data point was around 43.x mpg, which would have started to suggest a more expected plot, more like these:




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Speaking of which, have you thought about tracking down a set of taller wheels/tires and running another one of these tests Darin?
To see if it gets better still than the taller final drive? I hadn't considered it (mostly because I don't know anyone with the same bolt pattern - 4 x 114 or something).

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Anyway, what's the point of measuring speed in km/hr if you're giving your fuel economy in mi/ga?
Because I have to drive in Canada, but I mostly talk about fuel consumption with Americans.

Really, I'm tri-lingual: MPG (US) for the bulk of the conversations, L/100km for the enlightened Canucks, and MPG (Imperial) - still - for the majority of the unenlightened Canadians.
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MPG imperial, US.... oh man, I feel for you, but I understand now.

Do you live in town? How do you deal with the snow up there?

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I live in a small city, yup. I deal with the snow by building luge/toboggan runs in the back yard for the neices and nephews!



That, plus snow tires. We're having a good old-fashioned winter this year, aren't we?
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We indeed are! Out here in west Michigan we've gotten a fair amount, but it's the drifting that hits us. Our East-West road has a couple S-turns that drift badly, and my 1/3 mile long North-south driveway drifts VERY bad.

I used to have to plow as much as twice per day to get my car in and out... I actually saved money selling my tractor and buying another 4x4 and getting rid of the car.

We're trying to sell this money pit of a house... we have a showing tomorrow. Let's hope!
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West Michigan - I was in Muskegon a few years ago. Drove there to join a tall ship and sail up & over the peninsula & back down to Bay City. Traveled about 500 miles by water to go 140 over land

The dreaded N/S driveway! My mom grew up on a farm with a 1/4 mile N/S lane. She was telling me just the other day that they often left the cars at the road and walked in & out, because plowing it only made the drifts deeper as the banks got higher.

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