Meanwhile 3 hours from the playa
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Vango and Love Toy rolling in with the Party Snail! It's soft!
Homer, the simpatico canine, checks out his Truckee, CA, vacay digs
with wonderful Emma and Lizzie, while chris and I get ready to do some
critical shopping and head for Burning Man 2009. (ps: chris will fix
your wifi-- whether you like it or not) www.minglefreely.com
The Jeffries Brothers are plumb outta gas on Utah HWY 6 --
Nowheresville. Turns out Jeffries the Younger is quite prone to this.
We realized our doom about an hour ago and had the grandest time
hypermiling -- judiciously starting and then coasting sans
ignition -- for over 10 miles at about 6mph.
This speed gave us a strange and rare opportunity to leisurely discuss engines and gas mileage and such— even as we were running out of it. Something very placid about driving 4mph. We started wondering about things like "what is the optimum speed to drive a car that's nearly out of gas?" and then during the hypermiling phase: "how much gas is wasted in the ignition when we start the engine?" and "what speed should we get 'er up to before turning of the ignition each time?" The only one we came up with a policy on was the last. (40 mph).
When the jig was finally up, a car stopped immediately and gave Christo a lift. AAA told me (as he was speeding off in the company of strangers) that the next gas was ... 4 miles away. If we had managed to hypermile our way there, I would have felt like the slo-mo champ. As it is, no complaints. Unless Chris' Samaritans turn out to be killers. Uh-oh...
Homer's ready to roll out of Topeka. Me, too. We're getting a late
start today and I'm feeling the crunch of time. Ideally we need to
make Denver tonite but that's quite a haul.
Are we going to make it to Burning Man by Saturday at 6pm?
That's our stated goal, and here's why: we have the early-admission
passes that get us in before 40000 start thronging the gates six hours
later at 12:01am. And that is less a "convenient for us" thing than it
is a "secure the Kentucky Fried camp perimeter" thing. Because at
12:01, the weeklong free-for-all begins and we've got a lot of baloney
sandwiches to serve.
Which brings me back to this: Topeka, Kansas, is a looong way from
Black Rock City. Let's get this Land Yacht on the road!
My treasure box. My gems.