Mini Mileage

27 April 2009 · 9 comments

We’re home from another great weekend trip to Sunriver. We do this trip every year with the MNF group, and it’s almost always fun. We’ve finally found a house that seems to facilitate group interaction, which is awesome. This was our fourth year in the same spot, and since Kris and I are planning the trip next year, you can count on a fifth year, too.

One of the best parts of this year’s excursion was driving my new (used) Mini Cooper, which we’ve dubbed Bumblebee (or simply Bumble). Kris was very patient with me as I toyed with acceleration in spots. Fun.

As a stats geek, I love the onboard computer. I suppose most cars come with these nowadays, but they’re new to me. Bumble can display his real-time fuel consumption and calculate his average usage. He can do the same for speeds. (And, best of all, Bumble can tell me how far he can go before he needs more gas!)

I’ve always been curious which path to Sunriver is quicker, over Mt. Hood or over the Santiam Pass. This year I tracked our numbers:

  • Our trip to Sunriver took us from Oak Grove to Sandy to Madras to Redmond to Bend. We covered 169.2 miles in three hours and thirty minutes, for an average speed of 52.9 miles per hour. Bumble traveled 34.0 miles per gallon.
  • On our trip home from Sunriver, we went from Bend to Sisters to Stayton to Silverton to Oregon City to Oak Grove. We covered 180.0 miles in three hours and 45 minutes, for an average speed of 51.8 miles per hour. Bumble traveled 39.8 miles per gallon.

For the entire trip (which included some time puttering around Sunriver and Bend), Bumble traveled 430.6 miles and used 12.225 gallons of gas. That’s total fuel efficiency of 35.2 miles per gallon.

One drawback is that Bumble does require Premium fuel. Ouch. That stuff’s expensive. However, I ran the numbers for the final 30 days I owned the Focus and compared them to my first two weeks with the Mini, and it seems the Focus was actually just a hair more expensive to run. (Well, comparing fuel costs only, that is.)

Now, however, it’s time for bed, even though it’s only 7:20. I’ve returned from Sunriver sick as a dog. Ugh. Why me? Why now?

p.s. This is odd. I just re-read my old posts about Sunriver. I came home sick from the 2006 trip, and again in 2009. Kris returned home sick in 2007 and 2008. “Why do you think that is?” I asked Kris. “It’s because those people are germ factories!” she said. I thought that was pretty funny.

1 Paul J. April 27, 2009 at 20:27

do you notice anything in bloom on your trip? I used to think I had a scotch broom (scots broom?) allergy ’cause I used to always get sick around my birthday.

2 Chris Gates April 27, 2009 at 20:34

Claudia thinks that you should call the mini Honey Bee. Our Bumble Bees are large & black. The honey bees are yellow.

3 Denise April 28, 2009 at 07:53

It is ironic that you call your little car the Bumble – the same name as the ab. snowman from the Rudolph Christmas show – I always remember Yukon Jack saying, “Bumbles bounce!”

Does your Bumble bounce if you play the music loud enough?

4 Courtney April 28, 2009 at 09:09

Why is Bumble male? I thought cars were female.

5 jdroth April 28, 2009 at 10:03

I don’t know, Courtney. I haven’t seen Cars, but I’m pretty sure some of those vehicles are male! Also, I know that Herbie the Love Bug is male. And so, too, is Bumble.

Denise, I’ll have to check to see if I can make my bumble bounce. :)

6 Jeff April 28, 2009 at 10:41

YELLOW JACKET is the *perfect* name for JD’s mini. That is what I will call it.

Bumble Bee’s are mostly black and honey bees are mostly amber colored, but a yellow jacket is mostly yellow — and it’s JD’s nemesis insect, so I think it’s perfect!

7 Nick April 28, 2009 at 12:55

Isn’t “honey bee” what Kris affectionately calls JD?

8 Paul J. April 28, 2009 at 20:35


(Warning geeky comment)

I think his name was Yukon Cornelius.

As a native of the Island of Misfit Toys I ought to know!

9 Joel May 8, 2009 at 15:23

Bumble only takes premium gas? What does he do if you give him regular, pout?

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