Okay, so this week I decided to try another way to save yet more fuel, and therefore save more cash.
Already I plan out my route when driving to make sure that I take the shortest distance and never double back, if I can help it.
I have a nice spot that I like to park in when I am at work. It is convenient and just half a block down a quiet street to work. It’s nice.
Yet, I don’t want to anger the locals, so I never run my generator there, as there are buildings on both sides and it may echo down the block.
So, I drive the block and a half (the long ones for an industrial area) to my spot where I typically have parked to sleep, it is next to a grassy hill, which is nice to look at.
Yet to drive there is 1 km each way, door to door, so to drive there and back takes extra fuel.
So, this week I thought that I would try parking and staying in my sleeping spot and just walking to work.
Sure the walk is nice but the problem is when I get to the major road that cuts through the industrial area that is my Eastern Home.
There is no crosswalks along this stretch, so I have to dash across the street (because stopping for a pedestrian when there is no crosswalk is illegal . . . or for wussies . . . or something like that.
So I have to do this twice a day both during rush hour and both times with my bag and backpack on.
It is a pain in the butt but it has worked as the truck hasn’t moved and won’t until tomorrow afternoon when I drive to my Western Home, where it will sit until I drive back.
I am also only running the generator for two hours at a time and only using Wanda’s batteries to run the fridge (control systems) and the water pump, when I wash my hands or flush the toilet.
Otherwise I am using my portable radio with rechargeable batteries that I charge up at work.
(Gee, without work I would definitely need a larger solar panel . . . that or go through more generator fuel . . . thanks Boss.)
Anyways, so while this is working it is a bit of a pain. Again, with gas prices the way they are (with little sign that they will drop down to reasonable prices anytime soon) I will do what I have to in order to make my fuel budget.
As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!