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Is it possible to drive coast-to-coast without stopping at a single gas pump? Journalist Greg Melville is determined to try. With his college buddy Iggy riding shotgun, this green-thinking guy?who's in love with the idea of free fuel?sets out on an enlightening road trip. The quest: to be the first people to drive cross-country in a french-fry car. Will they make it from Vermont to California in a beat-up 1985 Mercedes diesel station wagon powered on vegetable oil collected from restaurant grease Dumpsters along ...
Is it possible to drive coast-to-coast without stopping at a single gas pump? Journalist Greg Melville is determined to try. With his college buddy Iggy riding shotgun, this green-thinking guy—who's in love with the idea of free fuel—sets out on an enlightening road trip. The quest: to be the first people to drive cross-country in a french-fry car. Will they make it from Vermont to California in a beat-up 1985 Mercedes diesel station wagon powered on vegetable oil collected from restaurant grease Dumpsters along the way? More important, can two guys survive 192 consecutive hours together?
Their expedition on and off the road includes visits to the solar-powered Google headquarters; the National Ethanol Council; the wind turbines of southwestern Minnesota; the National Renewable Energy Lab; a visit to one of the first houses to receive platinum certification for leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED); an "eco-friendly" Wal-Mart; and the world's largest geothermal heating system.
Part adventure and part investigation of what we're doing (or not doing) to preserve the planet, Greasy Rider is upbeat, funny, and full of surprising information about sustainable measures that are within our reach.
Burlington, Vermont to Waterloo, New York
Waterloo, New York to Chicago, Illinois
Errand 1: The Ultimate Green Home
Chicago, Illinois, to Worthington, Minnesota
Errand 2: Wind Power
Worthington, Minnesota, to North Platte, Nebraska
Errand 3: Ethanol
North Platte, Nebraska, to Golden, Colorado
Errand 4: Find “Fence Swingers”
Golden, Colorado, to Little America, Wyoming
Errand 5: Heat
Little America, Wyoming, to Lovelock, Nevada
Errand 6: Green Wal-Mart?
Lovelock, Nevada, to Berkeley, California
The Final Errand: The Letter
Posted December 10, 2008
I doubted I would enjoy this book; I am not a particularly sensitive enviromentalist; boy was I wrong! This author can make a stop in the desert to pump gas and buy a coke an edge of your seat experience. He is good, really good. He constantly pulled me into his world and I could not wait to see what would happen next. An entertaining, often hilarious read and I even learned something about the world of "green" and who is and who is not doing something about it.
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Posted September 14, 2009
'Greasy Rider' by Greg Melville is a wonderful and easy to read non-fiction title about two guys, he and Iggy, driving from Burlington, Vermont to Berkeley, California. The two goof balls encounter numerous obstacles during the course of the novel, including one being that the air conditioner of Greg's 1985 Mercedes 300TD wagon will not work at any higher speeds than fifty miles per hour. Greg and Iggy must also be able to go inside restaurants and personally ask managers of real places for waste oil for their fry-oil powered car. For the most part, I enjoyed this book very much, It includes many interesting facts about humanity's attempt at preserving the planet and how easy it really is to save money on your electric and heating bills. Greg also must complete errands set forth by his wingman Iggy to find the "ultimate green home", a "going green Wal-Mart", and many others. As a not so much fanatic of non-fiction books, this one would not be on that list. It taught me a lot about the different cultures that are, on television, overly done like accents. Greg Melville does a good job at attracting the reader to this book and once one picks it up, it seems very hard to put it down. Until you finish it of course! I personally am not a big fan about summer reading as well. But, to tell the honest truth, I actually enjoyed this selection on my summer reading list. 'Greasy Rider' is just one of those books that you just don't want there to be an end to. Of course until one is asked to write a book report on it! I definitely give this book five stars for excellent quality and few mistakes. I would absolutely recommend this book to any reader out there who intends to find out more information of how, slowly but surely, our planet is becoming less reliant to the most popular fossil fuel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 14, 2008
Posted July 1, 2010
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