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On the Road Again

10:05 AM -- Economic slump? Fossil fuel shortage? Pshaw! It's ALL GOOD. Reuters reports from America's Heartland:

    Denise Blackerby is hitting the road again. When retail gas prices scaled historic peaks above $4 a gallon last year, she found she could no longer make monthly trips from the Dallas area to Houston in her Ford Explorer SUV to visit her family.

    "When gas was $4 a gallon, I didn't go anywhere. Now it's all good," Blackerby, who is 44 and works in the information technology industry, told Reuters as she bought soft drinks at a Shell gas station in Grapevine, a town near Fort Worth...

    "Last year we, in the spring time, we thought of driving back home to West Virginia from Kentucky. It's about a thousand miles, but we didn't because fuel was so expensive ... It would probably have been $800 in fuel," Debbie Smith said of the cost of filling with diesel the 75-gallon tank of their 2006 Monaco Dynasty RV with diesel.

    "This year, with the fuel prices, we're hoping to get up there in June to visit family," she said in a telephone interview. "We don't have to watch where we travel, we can just go ahead."
Apparently so. "About a thousand miles" from Kentucky to West Virginia? Uh... Check with AAA, Debbie. They could probably point you to a more direct route.

    In Little Rock, Arkansas, Kristy Evans, 41, who was recently laid off as a pharmaceutical sales representative, said she was relieved at the lower price as she filled up her Dodge SUV at $1.899 per gallon.

    "It's better now because it used to cost me $60 to fill up. Now it's $38," she said...
Sorry to hear about the layoff, Brainiac. But at least your vehicle is large enough to live in. If it's paid for...

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

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