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Old 04-18-2006, 10:51 AM   #43
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I started riding my bike to work and for many errands in the fall of '02. Depending on which office I'm in, it's either 3, 5, or 13 miles each way. Last year it was the long one, and still managed 3 days in 5 over the year. This year... I've driven to work four times so far. It took a while to figure out how to cope with 35f & rain, but it isn't a big deal for short trips. As it warms up a little, we're using the tandem & trailer more for the kids.
BTW, I've hauled gas, 48" flourescent light bulbs, 100+ lb of mulch, toolboxes, and other sundries with a Burley trailer.

So the (6 liter) Chevy's primary purpose is recreation/pleasure, and it is our set of weekend wheels. We're getting around 15 with it (sans trailer), and I feel a little smug, 'cause we're almost always 4 aboard which makes it 60 passenger miles/gallon. :-)

So... in response to the original question, we're planning on taking our new to us trailer farther than we've gone in years. Don't know just where yet, though.
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Old 04-18-2006, 11:12 AM   #44
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Old 04-18-2006, 11:20 AM   #45
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Take the trip. Modify it if you have to but go. PS. I still have the rare nightmare that I forgot to finish the dissertation.

Im pretty sure the modification would be I could go, coming back is where the plan falls apart. As been mentioned below, for some of us, the 50 cent jump doesnt mean our trips are simply going to cost more, it means that they are not doable. That is just how it is.
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Old 04-18-2006, 11:20 AM   #46
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Old 04-18-2006, 01:04 PM   #47
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As been mentioned below, for some of us, the 50 cent jump doesnt mean our trips are simply going to cost more, it means that they are not doable. That is just how it is.
Though I will be taking more trips than last year, that's not saying entirely all that much....last year we only went to the Midwest Rally for reasons beyond just fuel costs, but fuel costs did weigh a lot on the decision.

So the answer is yes, current fuel prices will in fact play a major role in selecting destinations this year. The largest trip planned of about 800 miles round trip will cost us nearly $350 in fuel alone compared to about $180 way back when fuel was about 1.54/gal. This year at the Midwest Rally, we are combining two trips instead of two seperate ones to reduce the overall cost and mileage.

As odd as it may sound, I've stopped buying gas directly from the companies that have increased their value like Exxon/Mobil, etc and have gone to the smaller companies like Clark, Marathon, Speedway, etc. I even stopped using Mobil 1 and switched to Amsoil. Most likely not making a lick of difference, and maybe these compaines buy from BP or E/M, but given what I see I can't blindly had over my $100 per fillup with the Suburban to BP or EM directly...heck I've even been riding my bike to work when I can... (about 14 miles round trip).
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Old 04-18-2006, 02:06 PM   #48
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No, We will travel as planned. Palm Springs, CA, Salem and Brookings Oregon, British Columiba, Alberta, Michigan, Texas and Pennsylvania. Six trips this year.
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Old 04-18-2006, 04:04 PM   #49
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Pulling the AS with my bike?

Ok, I thought about pulling the AS with my bike like on the picture, but I don't think I would get very far.

Actually, my family and I are taking a cross country trip as we make a big move. So, we will be taking about a month or so and having fun the whole time. The prices are high, but that's not going to stop us one bit. Too much fun to be had.

I figure my kids are only young once, so I better take advantage of every minute now and not let the price of gas get in the way.
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Old 04-18-2006, 04:21 PM   #50
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I am going to take the 10,000 mile trip to the west coast and have budgeted on $4.00 per gallon, don't you just love this admin. It will affect how often I go and where, but this is one that I really want to do and even though it upsets me to be robbed in my own country, I will pay the price.
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Old 04-18-2006, 04:52 PM   #51
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TarHeel,

Great! Good for You! I wasn't going to be political. Yes, you said it best. I too, believe we are being robbed in our own country. And they're not raising the minimum wage?? Twenty more months of this adminstration, can our nation and the world hang on until then!??
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Oh Lord don't even get me started on the adminstration. Lied to cheated and treated like dirt.

and now they want to sell off our public lands to pay for it all.

I am going anyway.

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Old 04-19-2006, 01:26 PM   #53
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Just remember that it doesn't matter whether they are Democrats or Republicans.....they'll all steal your money with a smile. Anybody remember the oil embargoes of the 70's and sitting in line for hours to get 5 gallons of gas? I do, and I was only 4! I remember all the complaining my father did to this day. By the way, Diesel was $3.05/gal today.

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Yeah, I remember the gas lines in 1979. I believe Jimmy Carter was Prez. I was living in California then.
I think we'll do what we usually do this summer. Go to the beach (VA Beach), then to the mountains of Virginia (George Washington NF), maybe check out the new campground at Lake Anna State Park (just 18 miles away), and the Galax Fiddler's Convention in August. More camping than travelling and staying in state.
The money we save on hotels and restaurants by Airstreaming more than offsets the rising gas prices, even though it will sting a little more than last year.
What else can you do? Stay at home? Ya gotta have some fun and relaxation in your life!
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Politicians are all alike. They get some power, people look up to them and they get badge heavy. Where have I seen that before? We'll use as much fuel as it takes to get where we are going. Gas went up 10cents over night. That's 13 cents so far this week!! Diesel is $2.99 at name brand stations westside of Denver. Reg.unleaded is $2.83 at the cheapie down the street.
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And I remember gas being $.76/gal, when I was stationed at Fort Carson, in the Springs, in March of 1999. You heard right....$.76/gal at the U-Pump-It station. This whole gas price increase is pure and utter BS, and we're paying for it.

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