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Road trip report (update)
Posted by: mcq on Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Traveling by car to Michigan. Business. So far so good. Cold, but not that cold. The good news is the weather is clear.

Got tired of listening to the usual radio yesterday, fired up Sirius and put it on the '60s channel. Knew the words (well most of them) to all the songs. Scary. Heh ...

But it was fun. The Yardbirds, Kinks, Rolling Stones and Beatles. The Hollies (I'd forgotten about the steel drums in "Carrie Ann"), Wilson Picket (he did remind me to slow that "Mustang" down), Aretha Franklin, the Supremes, The Who, Deep Purple, The Animals (singing "House of the Rising Sun" at the top of my lungs and beating time on the steering wheel - glad I was alone) and a host of others.

Anyway, I've broken the trip down to 400 mile segments so I'm sitting just south of Louisville, KY and headed into the Great White North via Indiana today.

Light blogging from me today. Possibly none tomorrow (an 8-5 commitment and then I'm driving out of there). Light blogging from me on Friday as well).

Enjoy your day.

UPDATE: Do you sumbitches know it is cold up here? There go my plans for hitting the driving range.

Got smacked with a little snow/ice around Indianapolis. Drove out of it as I neared Ft. Wayne, but there's enough salt on my poor southern car to cure a few hams. And naturally my windshield washer froze up.

Clear as a bell up here (I'm in Grand Rapids, btw). Drove through some lovely countryside to avoid Lansing. Noticed about the only difference, besides the snow, is that instead of a jet ski on a trailer for sale in the front yard of the the house, up here its snowmobiles.

Gas prices? Anywhere from $2.89 a gal to $3.09 - higher as you go north.
 
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As for the weather here in Michigan...just wait a few minutes, it’ll change.

Where in Mi. are you headed?.

Safe travels.
 
Written By: markm
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Yeah, you’re going to be hitting 1-5 inches of snow here in Indiana. And that’s before you get to where the lake effect snow starts up.

Emailed you with my contact info. Feel free to call if you need anything, or want to have lunch/dinner on the way there or back.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
While you’re gone, maybe you could get Prof Erb to fill in for you and do a post on the dramatic effects Global Warming is having on Portland and Farmington.

http://news.mainetoday.com/updates/019270.html
 
Written By: looker
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Let me try that link again -
http://news.mainetoday.com/updates/019270.html



 
Written By: looker
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Farmington got 14.7 inches? I pray they have a good snow removal system.
Imagine him being snowed in with nothing to do but post comments. That could amount to a DOS attack.
 
Written By: timactual
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Since you’re driving anyway, Bruce, how about letting us know what you’re paying for fuel/gal along the way?
The price shifts from market to market might be amusing.

 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
Got smacked with a little snow/ice...salt on my poor southern car...my windshield washer froze up.
Oh yeah. We forgot to tell you to winterize your car before heading closer to the pole: windshield de-icer, snow tires, check the anti-freeze quality of your engine coolant, bucket of sand/flares/steel tractor-treads/blankets in the trunk, etc.
 
Written By: D
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Oh yeah. We forgot to tell you to winterize your car before heading closer to the pole: windshield de-icer, snow tires, check the anti-freeze quality of your engine coolant, bucket of sand/flares/steel tractor-treads/blankets in the trunk, etc.
Oh great. Speaking of anti-freeze, I’m going out to get a drink.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://qando.net
Do you sumbitches know it is cold up here? There go my plans for hitting the driving range.
Clearly, YOU didn’t.
But... welcome to MY world.
Beck will tell you the same thing... with the added dimension of more snow than we generally get along the lake shore.

 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
For three days, now, it’s not been above 20-22 degrees or so in the warmest part of the day. We’ve piled up about 14 inches of snow here in Daisy Hollow, judging by the top of the coal bins. There is more snowmobile traffic than cars up & down the road now; people have been slavering for this.

At least it’s been windy as hell, though. So, there’s that.
 
Written By: Billy Beck
URL: http://www.two—four.net/weblog.php
So, Global Warming working it’s evil twisted ways on you all.
Unbelievers! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

We shall all perish in flames!
or
at a minimum, we’ll be sweaty and need better drinks.
Thank God we’ve discovered Mojito’s, now on to Caipirinha’s!
 
Written By: looker
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Early december, and you were thin king GOLF???

Did you help plan that trip to the arctic?

:)
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Do you sumbitches know it is cold up here?
McQ, you sound like my husband. It’s December in Utah, and he comes in from work going "Dang, it’s cold today! How come it’s so cold? It was warm just a few months ago!" I reply, "Honey... it’s this little thing we call ’winter’, it happens every year about this time..."

Every year about this time, I also have to remind him that we have these crazy things called "coats" and "gloves" and "scarves" that, oddly enough, allow us to keep warm even when it’s cold outside. And not only that, but we encourage the small children to wear them too, especially if they’re going to be in a position to touch the snow.
 
Written By: Wacky Hermit
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Its not the cold, its the humidity.

Seriously. I swear that near freezing (20-35 F) when there’s slush or wet snow outside is worse than 0 F dry.
 
Written By: jpm100
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What’s funny is how cold, say, 28 degrees is in December, and how warm it is come March. By March, I’ll happily walk around outside in a temperature like that in a sweatshirt.

We’ve still got the worst ahead of us up here.
 
Written By: Billy Beck
URL: http://www.two—four.net/weblog.php
Here is a chart of state taxes on fuel for 2007. I would imagine 2008 data will not be complete for several months.
In tracing your route here is the state and federal taxes on fuel.
Georgia 21.30
Tennessee 21.40
Indiana 31.40
Michigan 30.80
The more blue-the more green.
 
Written By: tom scott
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Just checked the temperature where I am. 73 and clear at 5 p.m. 28% humidity.
Hope you’re enjoying your trip, Bruce!
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
URL: http://www.qando.net
Hey, Pick....


PPpppppffffffftttttttt
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
The more blue-the more green.
Not really. There’s a bit of diversity.

I’d also point out (as an Indiana resident) that I’ve been paying less than $2.85 for several weeks, and that the average cost for gasoline in Indiana is about the same as for Georgia or Tennessee — despite a higher state fuel tax.

Also, Indiana is certainly on the red side of purple.
 
Written By: JWG
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McQ, did you drive up through Cincinnati (I-75) or Louisville (I-65)?
 
Written By: JWG
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McQ, did you drive up through Cincinnati (I-75) or Louisville (I-65)?
Louisville.
 
Written By: McQ
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JWG, I realize that. What I was trying to say was that even Indiana is more blue than Tennessee or Georgia. And I’m just guessing. Tennessee may be more blue than red.
 
Written By: tom scott
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I’d love to see gas at $3.09 per gallon. I filled my motorcycle up this morning at the cheapest station in town...for $3.49/gal.
 
Written By: Dale Franks
URL: http://www.qando.net
I teach just three miles north of Louisville right off of 65 in Clarksville. I live a few miles further north.
 
Written By: JWG
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I teach just three miles north of Louisville right off of 65 in Clarksville. I live a few miles further north.
Oh, you’re kidding. I’ll be getting into Louisville about midnight and be gone at the crack of dawn, unfortunately. Next time up, I’ll plan better.
 
Written By: McQ
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Next time up, I’ll plan better.
That’d be cool.
 
Written By: JWG
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Dale;
Can’t imagine what Diesel’s going for, then.
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
Filled up last night (suburban Boston, MA) for $2.98/G. That’s down 8 cents from a week ago. Diesel was posted at $3.57 at the same station.

Just for kicks and giggles, has anyone done an overall cost per unit energy comparison between 87 octane gasoline and diesel? The price per gallon does not reflect the true cost to burn as there are more kJ (kWH, BTUs, etc.) in a gallon of diesel (not sure the exact #s, though).
 
Written By: D
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Heck it was 16 degrees here this morning, without wind chill.

That should be gone in a couple of days though.

We’re supposed to get more snow tonight or tomorrow, so keep an eye on the weather.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com

 
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