Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Gas prices change plans

Oh well. The best laid plans of mice and men and all that. My lovely wife and I had planned on trailering the sailboat all over the place this summer. Thanks to the price of gas our trailering distances have been greatly shortened. The best mpg the Blazer gets is about 18 mpg. Towing the boat it’s more like 12 to 14 mpg. That adds up. I can’t imagine what it costs to fill up larger tow vehicles. 

Our niece is staying with us again. We told her she can use the Blazer as much as she wants -as long as she pays for gas. It rarely moves. 

Our Nissan Versa gets over twice the gas mileage as the Blazer. It’s a manual transmission and our niece doesn’t drive a stick. Her loss. We use the little car a lot more these days. 

Now that the weather is halfway decent I’m running a lot of errands on the scooter. That 80 – 100 mpg is hard to beat. 

I miss my diesel vehicles that ran on waste veggie oil. Unfortunately that ship has sailed. My sources for free waste veggie have dried up. My main sources were a couple of local restaurants that both closed. With the price of diesel the way it is waste veggie for biodiesel will be in demand once more. That makes it a valuable commodity so it won’t be given away. 

Electric cars have always interested me, but the numbers just don’t work for me. The price of electric cars is a big issue. Being on a fixed income with crappy credit doesn’t help either. Our fast charging options are very limited. On top of everything else electric vehicles don’t do that well in cold weather. 

Living out in the woods is great, but the only thing within easy walking distance are trees. 



  1. Can't force everyone to buy those magical Electric Vehicles that they can turn off remotely if gasoline is affordable and available.

    1. Not a big fan of the company's ability to turn off or alter your car. You don't actually own then, do you?

  2. Fortunately, I just sold my gas powered Ford Excursion. 46 gallon tank. Clean, low miles, reliable, no mechanical issues....$3,500. Gas goes up....road hog values go down.
    16 mpg if you drove easily.

  3. In 1978, fresh out of college, I bought a one owner, 1975 white Caddy Coupe DeVille, doctor's wife's car. 39k miles ....for $3000. 12mpg.

    1. In the early 80s I bought an old wagon with the bulletproof 318 engine for $50. Took another $90 to get it on the road. Drove it for 2 years. Got 18 mpg no matter how I drove it. Gas prices had taken a jump, but you can afford a lot of gas when you only paid $50 for the car.

  4. OT, but I just noticed your blog registering in my "came from" listing. I've added you to my blogroll.

  5. I'm guessing that diesel will HAVE to increased due to tractor trailer transport and farm tractor fuel needs. This may come to lowering standard gasoline fuel even more. Diesel transports nearly everything and chaos (well, MORE chaos) would be formed if this is not addressed quickly.

    That scooter will save you a lot of money in the long run. Be careful out there.