I took a day trip to the west coast today. After filling up for the first time at an amazing $32.74 for 8.3 gallons of 92 octane, I plotted my TomTom to take me to Saugatuk by freeway, 94 miles one way. I did my freeway with a fair amount of ease, it took a bit of adjustment to get used to the wind and the gawking maneuvers of some of the other vehicles, but it was pure joy. I got to the park just in time to get some pictures of the lake as it started to sprinkle, and when I got back to the car it started to pour. I stopped and filled up again, 4.3 gallons for $17.42 at a slightly higher price for 92 octane, still amazing for me after driving an SUV. Then I decided to try TomTom again but avoiding the freeways so I could see the countryside. I was surprised to find the trip would only be 81 miles. I started out in the rain, chuckling as the automatic wipers flipped out at first, then found their stride and did an amazing job changing speed and tempo perfectly as needed. It was a very pleasant drive, past lakes, villages and farms, a few stops, mostly 55 or 60 with a short few miles of freeway. I got home and went to fill up again just to see how much exactly, and it was only 2.5 gallons that time, for just $10.24. Just like when I brought it home. It was 10 miles shorter to avoid the freeways that day. I am going to check this out more often. Not that I am at all against the freeways, but life just seems so much more pleasant on some of our beautiful back country roads. The difference in fuel is also a big plus. When possible I will schedule my time so I can drive that way as much as possible. Just another 500 to go to reach my 1000 mile break in period. I want to head home up north next weekend and see how it does on those huge hills. I really wouldn't care if the thing wasn't half as nice as it is with this kind of savings, but it sure is nice and I sure found my freedom to get around again.
By the way, the SUV would have cost around $80.00 to do the trip I took today for just $27.66