Road Trip by the Numbers

I’m home again.  I drove from Silver Spring, MD to Grinnell, IA and back.

Here are the stats:

  • 44.6 gallons of fuel
  • 2011 miles
  • 33 hours
  • $34.50 in tolls

From this, we can calculate a few things:

  • $178.40 for gas @ $4.00/gal ($76 was covered by riders)
  • Average MPH: 61
  • Average MPG: 45

That seems really crazy, maybe I got the numbers slightly wrong.  Either that, or hybrids are totally awesome! Which they are anyway!

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Hi! Gas Prices?

I just bought gas for the first time since I’ve been a single guy. If you’re counting, it’s been 30 days. I spent $35 at the pump, which netted a little less than ten gallons. I could have probably put it off another week, but I figure prices are only going to be going up, so I might as well fill up earlier rather than later.

I don’t think I’m doing too bad, comparatively. I’ve tried to structure my life so that if gas goes up, it doesn’t hurt me too badly. I think I would be comfortable if it went up to $5 or $7 a gallon. Would you be? I think it would be a good idea for people to start making the longer term structural changes for that scenario now. Move closer to work and buy more fuel efficient cars, if you can.

Apparently it costs $1400 to fill up some tractor trailers with diesel fuel. I can’t even imagine that kind of cost.

What is everyone else’s gas budget?

College Reunion

I signed up for my 5 year college reunion, which takes place on the weekend of June 1st.  I’d known about it for some time but wasn’t really planning to go until my life got turned upside down.  I need to take all the chances I can get to be social and get out there to make friends, so now I am signed up!

Looking at the list of people who are going, it seems like all the social and cool people will be there, but I don’t see many that I have known well.  When I was there many of the people I knew weren’t quite as social.  Three or four of the social people I have met recently and been talking to and am interested in hanging out with a little bit, but the rest are unknowns.  I’d like to think I can make some friends cold, just by striking up a conversation, and we shall see.

The drive is a long one.  It’s fourteen hours to Iowa.  I think I will be going to Chicago first to hang out with friends, as I understand a lot of people are doing, and that should break it up, but the drive back may end up being a straight-through kind of thing, which I’ve only ever done once.  It’s times like this that I’m happy I have a hybrid.  GAS PRICES!

Depending on what’s going on, I could take that whole week off from work.  I’m already going to be off four days that week with Memorial Day and then my planned three days, so I may as well go for five.  And maybe the following Monday…