Saturday, May 18, 2019
93 Honda hits 300,000 miles

The 93 Honda was getting close to an "odometer moment" and I had in mind to make a short trip to a scenic spot for the rollover. Rocky Mountain National Park - with a backdrop of some grand snow draped mountains - was one option while another was the rock tunnel on Highway 14.  The rock tunnel won out (afternoon lighting - looking away from the sun vs. into it).

I have the time on a somewhat nice Saturday afternoon so let's grab the camera. With the tunnel being 20 miles short of 300,000 miles I rolled through the tunnel and drove farther up the canyon (about 9.8 miles) and turned back. This left me passing through the tunnel a second time for another u-turn to get back to the tunnel at 300,000.0.

There was a tan pickup parked near where I parked so I asked them how long they might be (I wished to get some photos without their vehicle in them). They were taking just a short break on the trip to Steamboat Springs and offered to snap a pic of me with the car - Thanks folks!

After the tunnel photos, as I was pointed west, I headed to Stove Prarie and dropped south. At the next intersection (Rist Canyon) I headed East with a quick stop at the radio antenna hill as it offers some nice views and is close to the main road. From there, a smooth slolom down Rist Canyon to Bellvue where I noticed a creative homeowner with their wood stove fuel.

I found it curious that the odometer was staggered leading up to the change. I wondered if it would be staggered just after the change...

...but not - it was flat even.

The rock tunnel
40.693976, -105.375342

Car stats
Purchased 12/20/2004
Aurora Illinois
37989 miles
$4900, private sale
I'm the second owner

MPG: About 21 in the winter and 27 in the summer with a rare tank at 30

Documented fuel stops*
Right about 900
9399.701 gallons

It's been wonderfully reliable and has never left me at the shoulder. Once, I needed a jump start as I didn't pay close enough attention to the hint the battery gave me. I was in town and a willing motorist was parked right next to me - no waiting.

It has pulled a Texan's car out of the snow at Rocky Mountain National Park and has offered up fuel (I have a fuel rail tap to pump out fuel for a stranded motorist) to a late night stranded Jeep on the I-80 bridge over the Platte River (between Lincon and Omaha). As I recall, he was on leave from the military and wanted to surprise his girlfriend a day early for a visit. A short bit to pump enough fuel to get him to the nearest gas station six miles down the road.

It has suffered two collisions - one the driver's fault (the first owner rear ended another vehicle) and one with me at the wheel (a gent pulled out of a storefront and wanted to merge into the right side of me). Surprisingly (and thankfully), one needs to look fairly hard to see any damage (passenger door pushed in slightly).

It has but one quirk: On a winter Illinois <> Colorado trip, near the end of a one-day-drive, with the car running freeway speeds and temps dropping late at night, the check engine light will pop on with an EGR fault. The car performs as normal. That quirk is reliable - cold outside temps on a long, high speed freeway drive is the only condition for it to happen - never on a summer trip and never in town on a cold night.

*Why, you ask, do I have fuel stats? It was something Dad and Mom did (the gas book in the glove compartment). I don't know if they looked at the stats but I recall them writing them down. I'm somewhat curious as to the stats so on a fuel receipt I write down the ODO reading. At home I type in the date, ODO, cost, gallons, location into an easy to access spreadsheet. The spreadsheet graphs Cost/Mile, Miles/Gallon, Miles/Dollar. I don't much look at the stats aside from looking at any out of the ordinary numbers. It doesn't take much time and gives curious flavor to a write-up such as this.

How long for 500,000 ??
Where might it be ??

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Antenna mountain (as I call it) - looking southeast.
40.616847, -105.327721
The large, tan rock just below the horizon is Horsetooth Mountain - 8.7 miles distant.

Antenna mountain - looking northeast over the foothills and plains.

From "antenna mountain" - looking west

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Down in Bellvue, someone being creative with their wood stove fuel.