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Rain Man
06-23-2006, 06:30 PM
I had a business trip up in the mountains for the past day or so, and came back to town today. At the top of the Eisenhower Tunnel, right at the Continental Divide point at 11,158 feet, I reset my gas mileage computer and then tracked it all the way to Denver.

Miles 0 through 10. I averaged 76.6 miles per gallon. (At one point, I was up over 83 miles per gallon.)

Miles 10 through 20. I averaged 37.4 miles per gallon due to a long level area. My cumulative gas mileage through 20 miles was 57.0 miles per gallon.

Miles 20 through 30. I averaged 27.6 miles per gallon in this section, which included a few uphill/downhill areas, and some idiot in a big utility truck made me tap my brakes at one point. My cumulative gas mileage through 30 miles was 47.2 miles per gallon.

Miles 30 through 40. This area starts heading downhill again at a shallow to moderate grade, so my mileage in this stretch was 36.4, bringing my cumulative mileage through 40 miles to 44.5 miles per gallon.

Miles 40 through 50. This area gets steeper as you approach Denver, so my mileage went back up to 43.5 in this stretch, bringing my cumulative mileage to 44.3 miles per gallon.

Miles 50 through 56. This put me back in town and all the way into my garage. I was plagued by 2 missed stop lights. My mileage in this stretch was 23.6, bringing my total for the 56 mile segment to 42.1 miles per gallon.

This shows me that if we placed large mountains in all of our major metro areas, our demand for gasoline could decline by almost 50 percent as long as people were careful to drive only downhill. Uphill is a bad strategy, as I checked on the last 1,500 feet of elevation going up to the Tunnel (maybe 10 miles in length), and I was at 21.7 miles per gallon in that stretch.

I was quite impressed to average 76.6 mpg for a ten-mile stretch.

StcChief
06-23-2006, 06:32 PM
I've been on that road. Running down hill....
I wondered about that..


The travelling downhill all the time might be an issue

4th and Long
06-23-2006, 06:34 PM
My apricot colored bicycle (which I found along the road side) requires no fuel.

Rain Man
06-23-2006, 06:36 PM
The travelling downhill all the time might be an issue


I actually think a lot of credit goes to my savvy shifting.

ChiefsfaninPA
06-23-2006, 06:38 PM
What kind of car?

StcChief
06-23-2006, 06:40 PM
I actually think a lot of credit goes to my savvy shifting.Yeah... it was the shifting/no braking. ROFL

I didn't do the mileage thing, except by computer in 1998 Ford Explorer V8....automatic. we monitored it seems like 25-35.

But as we drove it, I"m thinking this could be a real cheap downhill run.
too bad it didn't go in to 4 cyl mode or (pre-hybrid) thinking wasn't there

Rain Man
06-23-2006, 06:40 PM
What kind of car?

BMW Z3. Truthfully, though, I don't think the type of car mattered a whole lot.

ChiefsfaninPA
06-23-2006, 06:45 PM
BMW Z3. Truthfully, though, I don't think the type of car mattered a whole lot.

My father bought a Toyota Prius last year. All week I have been driving it to work (he just bought a new Caddy), I drive 64 miles round trip daily and have been driving the first 15-20 on the battery. At this rate I won't have to fill up for another week as opposed to filling up weekly and my car gets about 34/38 mpg.

BucEyedPea
06-23-2006, 06:47 PM
BMW Z3.

You're a DINK? :harumph:
Double Income No Kids.

Rain Man
06-23-2006, 06:49 PM
You're a DINK? :harumph:
Double Income No Kids.

I'm a DIC. Dual Income with Cats.

I really wish we had a better acronym.

listopencil
06-23-2006, 07:28 PM
We were vacationing once at Lake Tahoe in the Wintertime and were enjoying some sledding on the rise at the edge of the lake. At the end of the day I had gotten really tired and figured to make my last trek uphill before heading to the car. Just as I crested the rise, I farted. I started laughing and my family started laughing...soon I was laughing so hard that I lost my balance and slid the 100+ yards back down the hill. I don't know what the mileage was, but I used very little gas and I'm still using this tired joke years later.

andoman
06-24-2006, 08:38 AM
We've got a fella where I work that went and bought and old Ford Festiva as a project. He runs the tires at 50Psi, bored out the air intake, removed the back seat, removed the A/C. He's getting 53 Mpg.

No one will ride with him though!

recxjake
06-24-2006, 08:52 AM
My father bought a Toyota Prius last year. All week I have been driving it to work (he just bought a new Caddy), I drive 64 miles round trip daily and have been driving the first 15-20 on the battery. At this rate I won't have to fill up for another week as opposed to filling up weekly and my car gets about 34/38 mpg.

wait a year when you have to replace the battery for 5,000 bucks....

Brock
06-24-2006, 09:28 AM
wait a year when you have to replace the battery for 5,000 bucks....

100,000 mile warranty. For all your obsessing about Toyota, you sure don't seem to know much about them.

Saulbadguy
06-24-2006, 09:37 AM
My apricot colored bicycle (which I found along the road side) requires no fuel.
Damn, so that is where I left it.

recxjake
06-24-2006, 09:51 AM
100,000 mile warranty. For all your obsessing about Toyota, you sure don't seem to know much about them.

Why pay 23,000 plus for a hybrid prius, when you can get a comperable car for 16 to 18? You aren't going to save 5,000 plus in gas!

SPchief
06-24-2006, 10:06 AM
recxjake is here to save the day!!!

Toyota bad
GM gooood