For the 4th time since July 2010, I've completed half of a cross-country RoadTrip. Within a couple of weeks, I plan to finish the other half. This winter trip was Raleigh, NC to Park City, UT for an annual ski/snowboard trip with my wife of 33 years and our two adult sons. Only the boys and I drove--the wife has to economize on vacation time so she flew. We're comfortably ensconced in our friend's wonderful vacation home perched 1,000' above I-80 just west of Parley's Summit east of Salt Lake City. A few short obervations start this annual field report:
It's a lot more comfortable to drive a 2010 car than a 2002 pickup truck.
Premium gasoline is far less expensive than diesel fuel
A 3,000 lb car gets far better fuel mileage than a 9,000 lb pickup truck
This is a VERY LARGE country
It can snow very hard on top of the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee
Sustained 25-30 mph headwinds kills fuel mileage
Ski racks on the roof kill fuel mileage
Skis and snowboards in the racks kills fuel mileage
Sustained 30-40 mph headwinds almost turns fuel mileage into mile fuelage
Major trucking companies vehicles are governed to speeds between 65 and 72 mph
When governed trucks start to pass one another, it can take 3 miles to complete the pass
Averaging 66.4 mph on a beginning of day to end of day basis requires economizing of stops, quick fueling, and a slight bending of the posted limits
The weather is as unseasonably mild as I've ever seen out here. Likely little to report on conditions while I'm here, but I'll surely do so if anything breaks loose.
Time to go skiing!