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Old 02-27-2016, 09:16 PM   #11
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There is nothing in Kansas to slow the wind down .
At least they finally seem to have figured out it's a good place for wind turbines. Not as many yet as Iowa but apparently a lot of new wind farms in the pipeline.
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:16 PM   #12
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I find there is a sweet towing spot with my Tahoe. It's about 68mph. I don't like it. It's a little fast. The vehicle just seems to downshift a lot if I go slower. Then the vehicle is cranking high RPM's. If I go a little faster the downshifting goes away. I do keep an eye on the tires. Right now they're at low mileage, and inflated properly. Seems safe to me.
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:39 PM   #13
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Even my neighbor has a small turbine. I look at it each day, it's a full 1/4 mile from our home and once in a while you can hear it. It's spinning about 9 days out of 10. Doesn't bother us at all. I'd have one but can't quite justify it. Maybe the political wind will shift and we will all get one for Christmas. I hate speeding tickets and blowouts so I hold my speed down pretty good. The Highlander would do it but those poor squirrels in the cage are so tired every night now, and they don't work for peanuts.
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:57 PM   #14
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I've tried cruise a couple times, not towing, on a lightly used four lane highway. I still found it a PIA. I gather new cars have sensors that anticipate traffic and work with cruise control, but I was always having to take over manually.
Or maybe I should read the manual.
I agree with you about cruise control Glen. My personal experience is that BC is not a great place for cruise. I can't remember the last time I used cruse. I have tried it, but just to see if it still worked.

West of Dawson Creek BC is, I believe, one of the longest straight sections of 2 lane highway in BC and with low traffic volumes. Highway 97 or the John Hart Highway. 20.1 km (12.5 miles) or the length of 12.5 sections of farming land passing through Progress and Groundbirch, although nothing there at those two locations, only names on a map. Go give that a try, watch out for the moose and deer. Nice camping at Moberly Lake further west.

Now if you lived on the prairies, but not Hwy 2 Calgary to Edmonton,??
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For the Silverado and loaded up 21' around 65 seems a sweet spot. Any faster, mileage drops quickly and driver fatique ramps up.

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I agree with you about cruise control Glen. My personal experience is that BC is not a great place for cruise. I can't remember the last time I used cruse. I have tried it, but just to see if it still worked.

West of Dawson Creek BC is, I believe, one of the longest straight sections of 2 lane highway in BC and with low traffic volumes. Highway 97 or the John Hart Highway. 20.1 km (12.5 miles) or the length of 12.5 sections of farming land passing through Progress and Groundbirch, although nothing there at those two locations, only names on a map. Go give that a try, watch out for the moose and deer. Nice camping at Moberly Lake further west.

Now if you lived on the prairies, but not Hwy 2 Calgary to Edmonton,??
This could probably be its own topic, but I can't help but asking:

why do western canadians speed up in passing lanes? This is the usual situation: 90kph speed limit, car at the lead of the pack is driving 70 or so. Passing lane ahead... when lead car reaches the passing lane, they speed up such that only one or two cars behind the are able to pass before the end of the passing lane. The two lucky cars will continue on down the road at 90 or so, while lead car will slow down to 70 (until the next passing lane).

I've yet to find a single example of a Canadian who will keep their speed constant when entering a passing lane area. All will gun their engines, and when the passing lane ends, they slow back down to the speed limit (or below).

I will admit that I only noticed this behavior in southern BC and Alberta, but not further north (northern bc, northern ab, yukon, nwt). It makes using the cruise control very difficult.
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Mostly depends on the road conditions and traffic. For me 58 is the sweet spot for fuel economy. One of the nice things about living up here is that almost everyone obeys the speed limit which is 55 - 65 mph for all three roads. (With the exception of the haul road). Alaska has some of the most mellow drivers. Peace, Scott

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...why do western canadians speed up in passing lanes? This is the usual situation: 90kph speed limit, car at the lead of the pack is driving 70 or so. Passing lane ahead... when lead car reaches the passing lane, they speed up such that only one or two cars behind the are able to pass before the end of the passing lane. The two lucky cars will continue on down the road at 90 or so, while lead car will slow down to 70 (until the next passing lane).
My thought is that passing lanes tend to be on straighter courses of the highway and, possibly, more level. Thus the slow vehicle can speed up because road conditions have changed (improved); after the passing lane ends, the road reverts to its former condition (poorer) and the lead vehicle slows down. Just a guess here. And I don't think that Canadians (Western or otherwise) are the only culprits.
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This could probably be its own topic, but I can't help but asking:

why do western canadians speed up in passing lanes?

I think it must be the BC Bud Effect??
I know exactly what you are talking about. When I figure it out I will let you know. Till then, you know what to expect.

Reminds me of the time I got rear ended at a stop sign here in Vancouver.
The driver gets out of her car and says "I didn't think you were going to stop".
Maybe that helps to explain the phenomenon? Too busy driving the car ahead to figure out how to drive their own car??

I guess that is why we all need to go camping. Life is pretty simple in the campgrounds.

No good camping spots in that section of the city. Just keeping the camping theme going.
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Old 02-27-2016, 10:31 PM   #20
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Totally right Karen....there is a 12 mile straight two-lane highway from Los Osos to San Luis Obispo that has one passing lane in each direction. The slow pokes invariably speed up then slow back down. What is worse are the idiots that do stupid things out there for no good reason to save maybe 45 seconds.
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