Thursday, June 23, 2011

Almost to the Promised Land

We managed to scrounge up some veggie oil in Sacramento, which made a huge difference. Now fully fueled, it's on to the Pacific Northwest! We're just north of Mount Shasta, a few miles from the Oregon border. Keep on truckin'...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Yeah Tucson!!

Rolled into Tucson today after spending the morning going to the colossal cave near town. Was awesome to be underground looking at limestone formations after being in the truck for so long. Three hard days of driving in hot conditions does tucker out a man. In Balmorhea, Texas where we camped in a nice campground, the man said it was 108 that day. Real hot... in the shade. But we made it through Texas!! We have spent approximately $80 on diesel to go about 1500 miles, the rest was veggie oil. Probably about 150 gallons of veg so far. We ran out of the stuff I had packed in the truck, and got a bit from a taco place in El Paso and from a truck stop in Wilcox AZ. At the restaurant they could not believe my truck, they said WHAT?

So, we have about 35 gallons of unfiltered oil, hope to get some more in Tucson, and filter it, hang out a bit, and head for LA this weekend. Picking up two riders who need to get to Portland. It would be impossible to travel with all of the oil you would need, and that's part of the fun is scrapping it from anywhere you can. Johnny coined the term, "That's the price you pay when you don't pay anything" when discussing the time it took to get greasy and get some oil.

It's nice to have a rest day or two, it was hard times rolling through Texas. Ex. Second day there were lots of little hills that slowed us down, and the truck would start to heat up, so we would turn off the A/C and (wait for it) crank the heat up to cool the engine, open all the windows and struggle for a while. Nutty stuff and good times. We rollin'.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Ride Continues

We've made it almost a thousand miles so far, all the way to Las Cruces, New Mexico! It's hot as hell out here, but we're surviving. The cats are surviving too. And the trucks's holding up. So, all in all, we're in pretty good shape. Rock on...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Day One

Day one was good, real good. We made 525 miles to get within striking distance of San Antone. Johnny drove the trailer and did just fine. It's nice to have someone to split the driving with. When I rolled down to NOLA in the fall the most I did in a day was 300 miles, so we are looking good. Need to change out some tires on the truck, and she was runnin hot yesterday, but not alarmingly so. The cats were hating life, but they will survive. We gettin er done!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Empress Rides Again

Check out video of the trailer in New Orleans, shortly before hitting the road for the west coast. There's also quite a bit about running the truck on veggie oil. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Ready to rock and roll

Getting ready to bounce out of new orleans for the summer. Getting hot here, might say too hot. I remember back to last fall, feeling nervous and scared to leave Portland. A bit nervous now, but also excited to see friends and family in P-town. I want this blog to be a vehicle to promote my business, HEADWATERS CAFE and also to advocate for the use of alternative energy.

Veggie oil is used in restaurants, food carts, and cafeterias. There is no reason all of the school buses and garbage trucks in America could not use veggie oil instead of diesel. I hope to drive across the country pulling the Empress (2,900 miles) primarily on used vegetable oil. I have 125 gallons stored and ready for transport. That should get me to Los Angeles. Then, I hope to find some filtered, used veggie oil for sale at a reasonable price (usually sold for half the price of diesel) on craigslist or from some new friends. Filtering on the road can be messy, but is possible if I have the spare time.

My goal is to drive across the country for $100 in diesel. We will see. Stay tuned and please pass this along to friends, family and associates.