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Kaufman  (Level: 270.0 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 2nd Jun '08 12:41 PM


I'd like to trace their route at a slightly more leisurely pace.

Surreyman  (Level: 274.8 - Posts: 2776)
Thu, 5th Jun '08 6:54 AM

Yep - terrific!
As we've now discussed I also saw this on one of my Geog newsgroups.
Seems they averaged 66mph 24 hours a day for 4+ days!!

Any other similar 'races' elsewhere?

In London we have the 'Tube' race, covering all stations of the underground system in the shortest possible time. This not only means organising the best route but also liaising all the timetables! The record is currently 18.5 hours for 275 stations!

We also have a Three Peaks race - Ben Nevis, Snowdon & Scafell - the highest mountains of Scotland, Wales & England.
It's some 450 miles of driving and around 22,000 ft. of ascent/descent. The record is ... wait for it ... under 10 hours!!!!
I did it years back in my youth but took days rather than hours!

I don't see why we in the UK don't have a 'Counties' race similar to this USA 'States' version (although I really do think they should also include Alaska & Hawaii!).
From my home I reckon I could drive maybe 6 counties in 30 minutes, so that's a start ..... But for whatever reason it's just not thought about here.

Any other similar lunacies out there?

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 1st Aug '08 11:44 PM

I used to think it was lunacy - when I came to Canada
and heard people talking about driving about 200 miles
round trip, just to have a meal at a favorite location!!!!
Of course gas is a lot cheaper on "this side of the pond"

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 12:00 AM

Is gas about the same price in Canada as US?

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 4:58 AM

Canada is somewhere between the States and the UK
I heard UK gas was about $10,00 per Imperial gallon!!!!
They maybe the most expensive in the world....
The States might be the cheapest even though it keeps
on going up.

Surreyman  (Level: 274.8 - Posts: 2776)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 7:19 AM

Yep, we're now paying £1.20+ per litre for anyone who wants to convert!

I now see the US politicians are proposing moves to 'flood' the US market using petrol reserves from Alaska, to reduce the price.
Nuffink ain't gonna be solved that way.
Wouldn't it be more sensible for USians to pay the now-prevailing prices in Europe, and reduce usage, rather than artificially enable increased usage again?


Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 6th Aug '08 7:22 PM

That's probably true since the recent decrease in prices has been partly attributed to decreased demand. Lots of people I know are consolidating trips to town etc.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sat, 13th Dec '08 8:47 PM

Yes, I heard that gas consumption in the US had gone down
by some ludicrous figure like 25%....I do hope that isn't a
reflection of the number of people unemployed....
We have had a major break on Gas Prices in Ontario
lately....went from about $1.35 a litre to about 73 cents.

That's either the market reacting to falling sales....or maybe
because I heard the Saudis have opened up some new
sources of oil recently. So there is a greater availability.

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