I came closer to running out of gas yesterday than I have in years.

I thought I had a 2-gallon reserve can which turned out to be empty because I forgot that the chainsaw also uses gasoline. Then the Monday morning water run got set back to Tuesday which wasn’t good news at all. All the back-and-forth had blown through my gas and there I was, engine gonna flame out at any moment.


I made it – but I’m glad there weren’t any more hills involved than there were, or I wouldn’t have.

I’m going to pour virtually all this into the Jeep between now and the next trip to town, and then fill them up again, because I’m burning a lot more gas than the monthly plan normally calls for. D’s been giving me gas money; I just need to be more diligent about spending it.

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5 Responses to I came closer to running out of gas yesterday than I have in years.

  1. Mike says:

    It’s never a good feeling when you look at the gas gauge just as the engine starts to sputter. I’m glad you made it Joel..

  2. Terrapod says:

    Whoof! Been there before, running on fumes at destination.

    Always carry a full 2.5 or 5 gallon can in the back of my vehicle when taking long trips. Also a gallon of coolant, one of drinking water and bottle of oil, just in case. Also a roll of silicone self fusing tape, in a pinch it can be used on leaks or burst hoses. Been a while but also used to carry a segmented rubber belt that could be adjusted to replace a variety of lengths. Stopped that when my cars moved up in time to “only” 20 years old newer 😉

  3. Mark says:

    I keep a LOT of gas here and rotate it regularly.
    I am always driving on gas that is cheaper than what the pump charges.
    Couple extra 5 GAL cans can be VERY useful to have

  4. Stefan says:

    Is a switch to diesel somewhere in your future? I understand it stores better than gasoline, as long as you keep the bacteria under control.

  5. jabrwok says:

    Does the e-bike have a trailer hitch? A lightweight trailer would give you some more cargo capacity so you could do a quick gas run in an emergency.

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