David "messed" with the governor(?). And then he put it back the way it was once we got to Roswell. We got fantastic mpgs on the way out here but a bit slow on the hills. We were running the interstates out to here. Something we don't normally try to do. David was keeping up with the semi's so our slow uphill speeds were not a concern. Our last move was 150 miles on 2-1/2 year old diesel. Bus did 65-70 on the short stretch of I25 and tugged up the hills crossing over on US380 at a fairly high speed. But the cost was too high as the bus sucked the fuel big time. It smoked a bit too which it didn't do before the "adjustment". We really don't know if it was the old diesel or because David messed with it. It did idle a lot higher. We prefer the lower speeds, primary/secondary highways and higher mpgs. At any rate, the thingy got replaced to the "old & slow" position. With the cost of diesel, we can take a few extra hours to get to where we are going. We normally try to hit the road around 9AM - 10AM and get off the road around early dusk. We both are having problems with driving at night so we no longer feel the need to do that. Next trip (245.5 miles @ 4 hours, 53 minutes according to MS Streets & Trips) is planned for after Labour Day. I get a week off and would like to park the bus in Rock Hound State Park
and daytrip in the Jeep up to the Gila Cliff Dwellings
. I read a book that was set in the area when I was a kid and always wanted to see the area and the dwellings (we've already been up to the dwellings at Bandolier
on a daytrip from Socorro). So that trip should tell us what kind of mileage we will be getting with a fully converted bus and carrying 30 gallons fresh water plus several full LP 20# BBQ tanks and towing the Jeep. This will help us work out trip budgets for the next trip.