At this point, summer with work will keep me fairly busy where I won't be able to do much traveling, but if it were to lighten a bit, I could see me limiting the distances of travel. I mean I'm no Warren Buffet.....at $3.25 a gallon x 39 gallons, thats nearly $127.00...add to the fact that when towing at interstate speeds, I get between 10 and 12 mpg. In the best case, I may be able to go about 450 miles on one tank on average.
That means that a trip, 2002 prices would have cost me about $130.00 in fuel alone.
That same trip last October (2006) cost me about $206.00 for fuel.
If prices stay at the current rate alone (around $3.25) this sam trip would cost me about $253.00 for fuel.
This is only for a trip to the northern part of the U.P. of MI from Chicago.
If fuel prices do get even higher, yes, this will have an impact on what I do. Even the most modest of trips would be hard to justify. For example, if fuel for the 87 octane stuff gets as high as $3.75/gallon as some have suggested it might, that trip I spoke of, would then cost me about $292.00. That's more than 2x what I paid nearly 5 years ago.
For now, more local trips are what I'm considering if work even would allow me that luxury.
Slowing down would help get me closer to the 12mpg, mabye even get 13mpg if I went 55mph while towing, but it's not a great situation from any angle, there are just lesser levels of pain. The only thing that would get me back on my long range plans of a trip out west further would be if gas dropped closer to the $2 mark. Heck, if we ever went back below $2/gallon, I'd travel the country.
...but that is just not going to happen now.....is it?!