Saturday, January 15, 2011

UP's Great Excursion

Union Pacific's Great Excursion Adventure
Union Pacific Railroad presents the Great Excursion Adventure. Visitors to the website can vote for one of four Routes: the Tuscola Turn (Boone, IA to West Chicago, then south to Tuscola, IL), the Little Rock Express (Kansas City to St Louis, then south to Little Rock), the Baton Rouge Rambler (Dallas to Shreveport, then south to Baton Rouge), or the Boise Limited (Salt Lake City to Pocatello, ID, the NW to Boise).
Looks like it's going to be Tuscola or Little Rock. As of right now, Tuscola is ahead by around 100 votes. Voting ends Monday, so please vote for Little Rock ;)

UPDATE 1-18-2011: Little Rock Express wins!

Final tallies:
76,217 for Little Rock
73,175 for Tuscola
18,070 for Baton Rouge
11,213 for Boise

Friday, January 14, 2011

Gas Pains

I'm not going to discuss the high price of gasoline. There are enough other blogs and websites discussing this, that I'd only add to the "noise".

However, I'd like to relay my own personal experience with filling up.

My van's gas gauge was down to 1/4 tank, so I pulled in at the local Murphy USA. I've had my van 7 years now and know from experience that it holds just over 16 gallons. When the gauge is down to 1/4 it will take 12-14 gallons. Well, the pump kept going and going and finally stopped... at 16.6 gallons.

WTF? That's about as much as my van will hold. If I'm down to 1/4 tank, why did it take 16+ gallons? I've already looked: I have no leaks. Something isn't right.

Monday, January 03, 2011


Well, here we are: 2011. Doesn't feel any different than 2010 so far.

I've been doing some random research: so far, it looks like only one state has a Route 2011

Yes, Texas. Pennsylvania supposedly does, but I haven't been able to find any info. I thought Kentucky would, but I guess not. Ditto Louisiana: no 2011.

Arkansas has no Highway 20, so I can't really do a 20-11, though Missouri and Oklahoma do.