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Old 11-22-2022, 10:20 PM   #1
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Default How long have you driven on a road trip in your Saturn Astra?

It got me thinking the last few weeks on just how much we drive our cars anymore. I wonder if many people, other than JFS who recently moved from CA to TN, do many long cross country trips.

Well back in May I drove my 2008 Astra XE from WI to CA for my nieces graduation from the University of California at Berkeley. It was a total round trip of 4,805 miles. And along the way, using U.S. highways 93 and 50 through the Nevada desert, the Iron Highway in the Black Hills of SD and I-80 crossing the Sierra mountains. For a basic WI flatlander like me it was a blast, and it was the first time I had been to CA. The trip was rather comfortable, being temperatures were mainly in the upper 60's to low to mid 70's. But I kept wanting to doze off driving in the middle of the night in WY, so I needed to pull over and stop.

On my 10 day road trip, the Astra got from 31.1 to 38.6 mpg at any one fill up and for an average of about 35.5 mpg. Filling up in South San Francisco was a rude awakening at $5.98 per gallon, though in other nearby areas it was more like $6.25 to $6.50 per gallon. The highlight of my trip was visiting Alcatraz prison. The low point probably spending the night in Oakland.

Next year my nephew graduates from West Point Academy in NY and that is only about a 2,200 mile round trip.

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