Personally I'm a bit skeptical. But for some reason, the guys at CleanMPG not only think they can do it, but they also think they can teach me to do it, too.
So, at 10 o'clock tonight I hop on a plane to LA to join the team that has driven the 2011 Ford F-150 to our start point. We leave at 6 a.m. tomorrow (Not. Good.) and begin the trek toward Savannah, GA. I'll be with the team until May 2, when they (probably thankfully) drop me off at the airport in Albuquerque, NM ... That is if they haven't already left me by the side of the road because I couldn't control my lead foot. (I believe the words "buzzard bait" have been bandied about.)
The goal is to complete the entire trek across the US only filling up
the tank 3 times and achieving 30 mpg or more by employing the use of
That would seem more doable if we were driving a Toyota Prius. But,
instead, we'll be toddling along in an F-150 that comes equipped with a
3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine with EcoBoost.
Be sure to follow along by watching my Twitter feed @jill_ciminillo.
We'll all be using the hash #F150challenge if you want to see the
collective tweets. I'll also be posting pictures to my Facebook page and
This should be interesting because on top of having to control my lead
foot AND driving slower than the speed limit (shoot me now), we'll be
camping instead of staying in hotels. Which I've never done before.
thanks to Eureka! for providing the gear and to Ford for providing the
test truck ... Now who's supplying the coffee?