[Author Prev][Author Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Author Index][Thread Index]
re: Audis at altitude (or maybe just a thinly-disguised road trip report)
Perhaps anticipating this very topic, I took myself and my 91-200-q away to
Taos Ski Valley for a long weekend. What fun.
Went down through Pagosa Springs, didn't find anything I couldn't pass
right-now. Turbos rule.
Zero consultations with constabulary, though I did note a few skin paints.
Roads were mostly clear after some snow on the Utah-Idaho border. Missed the
Totals: 1800-odd miles, 71-odd gallons (>25mpg), averaging "around" 75mph while
driving, 1/2 quart of oil. The 1700 miles of trip (not counting putting around
Taos or layovers) took 26 hours (that's with fuel and bathroom stops).
Three days at TSV, lovely powder in the chutes and bumps on Saturday the middle
day, sunny on Sunday.
College buddies very impressed with the car, part of my personal campaign to
drive up resale value.
Just over the border into Colorado I came upon a very nice straight flat
stretch of highway, let my foot down, came up to 6300rpm in 5th before slowing.
Felt good, had a little more to give but would have taken a lot more road. Next
town was at 8000', still sunny, roads clear but temp a bit below freezing.
After a night on a convenient college-buddy Denver futon, the next day I
decided to take it easy on the Hakkas and go for a distance record from Laramie
all the way home.
More sun, 470 miles in one sitting, three stop signs, 210 miles of I-80 @ 75,
balance of US-191/189/26 @ 70 where conditions permitted. Four pop-tarts, two
breadsticks. 9 hours from Denver to Idaho Falls. I did get the gas pump
autocheck icon pulling into the local service station, but was only able to put
in 17.1 gallons - anybody able to get more in when the car is nose-up instead
of nose-down? Not a huge grade, it didn't roll away in neutral or anything. I
think I put 17.5 in at Green River with no pump icon but the computer did
indicate "E" both times.
If the q's tank is 21.5 gallons, 500 miles should be pretty easy. The GTI's
record on 14 gallons (out of 14.5) is 460 miles, but that was actually mixed
driving with a couple highway jaunts. And since it doesn't have a cruise
control, it's very difficult to drive slowly (or at a consistent moderate
speed) on the highway.
Over and out.
1991 200 quattro, 86k, about to be semi-retired for the summer racing season
(only one bike fits in trunk, especially with the Bazooka in there)
1988 GTI 16v, 174k, two bikes inside, better fool economy, cooler AC, back to
sucky stereo for now