Monthly Archives: September 2014

45×90 Club

The ground was wet from the morning’s April showers. My shoes were slipping in the muddy cornfield. Looking around I didn’t see much – the drive here put me further north than I had been in a while. I took another glance at the GPS – We were getting close.

One early spring day as I gazed at a map of my fair state in the comfort of my apartment I noticed two lines crossing at a point west and north of Wausau near a town called Poniatowski. It was the 45º north line and the 90° west line. “I wonder if there is anything there?” I thought to myself.

A quick Google search planted the seeds for the adventure to come. Not only was there something there but going there entitled you to become a part of the 45×90 Club. This was going to happen.

A visit to my girlfriend’s in Stevens Point was the perfect jumping off point and also provided a fellow adventurer. (Adventures are generally more fun with company). We left on an overcast morning. We hit a few patches of rain on the drive north but it stopped by the time we pulled into the small lot with the information board and ceremonial marker.

The informational Marker at the 45x90 point in Poniatowski, WI

The informational Marker at the 45×90 point in Poniatowski, WI

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Cost Per Mile

After about 3 years of not having a car I jumped back into ownership in the spring of 2014. I have a 2003 Ford Taurus. Since I bought it I have been tracking what I have spent on it in a spreadsheet to get my cost per mile. I have all of the behind the scenes stuff hidden.

A few notes –
I drive a 2003 Ford Taurus. I bought it in March of 2014. I rarely drive around town (because I try to bike to work as much as I can) so that helps the mileage. I change my own oil and (knock on wood) I have not had any major problems yet. Insurance is paid in full for the year to avoid installment fees and I also check my tires regularly.

Let me know if you have any questions or if you would be interested in the breakdown of spending.