Hundreds of miles of corn.

Mmm, I love the smell of burned fossils in the morning.

Corn from the road.So first, this happened. 16,000+ views later, uh… well, let’s just say I can cross “Go viral on YouTube” off my bucket list.

In the meantime, man, I’ve been driving a lot. Why don’t I start every blog entry off with that? Sustainability fail, guys. I know. Someone gift me a Prius. Actually, my VW gets about an average of 34mpg on the highway (where I spend most of my time). All in all, not too shabby.

I like my car, and I feel like she’s happy to be carting me around the country. Got her first taste of salt on the way back from New York right after Thanksgiving. Didn’t like that. Would rather be back in the Southwest where her parts can sun-rot rather than rust. Well, good news! I’ve been working on booking AZ and NM for the past day or so. I’ll keep you all posted.

Let’s take a moment to talk about gas efficiency. There are two things I’ve found I can do.

1)      Keep cruise control around 60 mph on the highway.
That’s right, I’m driving the station wagon that’s going fogey warp speed. Feel free to pass.

2)      Drive as few miles as possible between gigs.
Ideally, each gig would be 65-125 miles apart. Wouldn’t that be lovely? It doesn’t happen. I’m trying, believe me, but you get out into the middle of somewhere (or nowhere) in Illinois and … where am I going to stop? It’s corn and Single Stop Sign Towns for hundreds of miles.

Of course, there are the obvious things we all hopefully learned in Drivers Ed: avoid extended idling, check your tire pressure, keep your engine maintained, accelerate and brake smoothly…

Speaking of brakes, a few nights ago, a Chicago Good Samaritan waved me over to tell me my brake lights weren’t working. Thank goodness I was informed before I was rear-ended, right? I see a car without brake lights as a metaphor for life. Things could change without warning. But goodness, what a ride it’s been on this particular road so far.  Anyone have additional gas mileage tips out there? I’m wide open to suggestions.

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