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Monday, July 25, 2005

Looking like a local

Well, I had to come down to the big city ... El Caballero had picked up a nail in a tire. The limited-service spare wasn't suitable for the road between Five O'Clock Somewhere and the highway, or for the highway itself. I got a can of flat-repair stuff, but it wasn't suitable for highway speeds, and according to the label, it would have caused a whole lot of problems for whoever had to fix the tire later. So I had Pat bring up a new (but cheap), full-size tire and wheel. That allowed me to drive El Caballero to Albuquerque so I can get the punctured tire repaired, or more likely, buy new tires all around -- the old ones are pretty near worn out.

I stopped at a local place to fuel up, since my gas gauge was running low. As I was pumping my gas, it occurred to me that I really did look like a local -- I had a ten-year-old, cheap American car, very dirty, with a bit of body damage, and my tires didn't even match.

The other weird thing was that, at the level the fuel gauge had been at, in Albuquerque, it would have taken 12 gallons to fill the tank. Up north, it only took 10. When I made calculations based on the odometer mileage, El Caballero had been getting 35 miles per gallon. When I fuel the car in Albuquerque, even if coming right off a trip up north, I only get about 30. The best conclusion I can come to is that a gallon is bigger in Rio Arriba County than it is in Albuquerque.


Blogger Carol Anne said...

As it turns out, I didn't have to buy new tires all round -- the tires on El Caballero still had 75% of their tread left, in spite of how old they were. I just had to get one tire to replace the one that got the nail, and I only had to pay 25% of the retail price, since that was how much of the life of the tire had been used up by the time it got the nail. So I got a brand-new $100 tire for $25. Hey, I'm happy.

And since this was a positive experience rather than a negative one, I'm happy to name names -- Costco.

Tue Jul 26, 12:58:00 AM MDT  
Anonymous Andrew said...

You can go for miles/weeks/months on the fix-a-flat. We had an RX7 with a busted rim, thanks to some of my trick driving in college, and the fix-a-flat lasted for a year or two. I did leave the sticker on the rim just so the repair shop knew what was in it. And I am sure I went the highway speeds at least once.

Tue Jul 26, 04:35:00 PM MDT  

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