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August 6, 2008

Rollin' 'n bloggin'

Posted: 08:04 PM ET

As we blog, at this moment, we're pushing the 1978 Scout past Alexandria, Louisiana, en route to New Orleans.


I probably shouldn't take pictures of Brian while I'm driving.

This is our sixth state on our California-to-Georgia road trip. We're trying to burn eco-friendly biodiesel fuel as much as possible. Our previous stop in the Dallas-Fort Worth area wasn't showing us any biodiesel love.

We stopped at a Love's outside Dallas, but they had none. We tried another place that was closed permanently. The only other option that we found was an Air Force base outside Shreveport, Louisiana, and that place didn't sell biodiesel to retail customers. We're going to try to get some in New Orleans.

Btw, check out our new photo gallery with pix from California, Nevada, our nightmare in Arizona, and New Mexico.

As for today's weather and comfort level, it's cloudy, cooler and much more humid compared to Tuesday.

It was actually tolerable enough to sleep in the car. (No, I was NOT driving at the time!)

I'd rather be steamed than baked!


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S Callahan   August 6th, 2008 9:08 pm ET

lol just saw you was pretty good...and pretty nice earing Cody!

Brian let us know via the vd about the heat on their feet (that explains the picture of the feet in the last blog ) 🙂

Seems like you had quite a journey trying to 'fill up'. What did you do to hold you over? Are you still using the reserve you spoke of in a much earlier blog? Two thoughts come to mind for me: a travel book needs to be made identifying where there are pit stops for a fill up throught our country, maybe even include Canada. The other is, this is a wake up call to our future small buisness owners to open biodiesel pit's the wave of the future...time to get the small buisness loans.

Have a good stay in New Orleans!

Jim   August 6th, 2008 10:29 pm ET

aside from the breakdowns and what not how fast(MPH) are you pushing that ol' truck??

Jason Burroughs   August 6th, 2008 11:22 pm ET

How in the world did you not find DFW Biodiesel (

Franko   August 7th, 2008 3:56 am ET

Interesting survival problem, not to become a heat death statistic.
Most eco-friendly is evaporative cooling with a wet sheet.
High humidity, then use cigarette lighter plug in camping EcoBeer coolers.

Sports Ilustrated is famous. not for the athletism of the bikini models..
Similarly, do interviews, silly easy questions, with the proper camera angles.
Do real science, measure the cooling effect in a wet T-shirt contest.

Anthem of the expedition; sing a Bio-Fooled Me Wrong, song.
Perhaps, someone can compose and sing a ballad to become a BioFuel Idol ?

sunny   August 7th, 2008 7:21 am ET

Hey guys, what method are you using to find your biodiesel anyway??? It took me about a minute on the internet to find the above mentioned DFW Biodiesel, as well as a BioWillie station in Keller TX which looks to be a suburb of Ft. Worth, and two in Dallas, ECCO Biofuels, and Green Spot Market and Fuels.

You should check out the Bio Willie stations for the story on Willie Nelson's involvement with biodiesel. It appears to be a relatively well-developed effort to market biodiesel.

Franko, check out Willie Nelson for the ballad you mentioned.

I'm beginning to wonder what qualifications you guys have to do this kind of road trip, you don't seem to know how to get organized for it.

Here I was wondering if I was qualified to do a similar run, which I'd like to do, and I've actually driven the Alcan all by myself. I'm beginning to wonder if you guys would survive that trip, even though it's all paved and everything now.

S Callahan   August 7th, 2008 10:16 am ET

Easy on them Sunny, they are doing what alot of American's would do and just 'going it'. Frankly, while they are learning so are we so it is benifical.
Willie Nelson has always been a champion for better use of resources....he's the farmers best friend.

Franko   August 8th, 2008 4:11 am ET

Modern day hunters and gatherers, Tiger Scouting, for the pack to follow. Wagon trains took months, but, Life or breakdown decisions, story deadlines, with limited bean counts, determine the survivors.


wix Wichmann   August 8th, 2008 12:46 pm ET

Baked is always better

Franko   August 9th, 2008 1:14 am ET

Baking Beans in an oven is inefficiently eco-unfriendly.
Roasting on the Scout's hood is conservingly eco-ethical.
Read a textbook, do the math, calculate your carbon to temperature footprint !

Sharon Moore   August 11th, 2008 4:25 pm ET

I saw the story of the fla professor turning a type of bean into bio fuel. This was done at Ohio State in the late 70's. Back then it was jojoba beans being billed as the perfect alternative for fossil fuel. They also grow in any conditions so it was being considered as a crop the Indians could grow on reservations. (This was before the days of casinos). The big oil companies came in and shut it down. I know this for a fact because my father's electrical company was one of many bankrolling the research.

Franko   August 12th, 2008 3:45 am ET

Googling jojoba beans, amazing 50% oil,
Good lubricant, similar to whale oil, produced world over.
Basketful of nuts to make a gallon ? Just pick and squeeze.

Oil companies, monopolies, not only by price, but also by, lobbying,
international policy, regulatory standards, mass hypnosis, mob action.
The life of a soldier is discounted by order, foreign civilians, even less.

Jerry Metz   August 15th, 2008 8:04 am ET

re: Feral OSU Cheerleader. The creature found in the Georgia woods was nothing new. We used to see these up in Michigan after November, but they were Ohio State cheerleaders who were lost and went feral. They have been known to march around aimlessly in the woods, and grow slightly larger than normal.

I hope this helped clear things up.

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