Low Fuel Incident during the 2021 Fall Colors Ride through the Mountains of Pennsylvania
I very nearly ran out of gas riding back from the small town of Renovo, PA, the place that had the Flaming Fall Festival Parade that got us stuck on a bridge just outside of town waiting for the parade to clear the main road through town, back to Clearfield, PA, our hotel home base in PA. I was intent on getting fuel in Renovo, but I got distracted sitting on the overpass bridge waiting for the small town parade to clear out enough that we could finally leave that small town. Once we got out of town and we got back to yanking and banking and turning and burning through the mountain curves, I totally lost track of my fuel situation. Halfway through the mountainside national forest, I happen to look at my dashboard fuel gage and noticed that I was rather low on fuel - just under an 1/8th tank of fuel and in the red portion of my fuel gage. In seemingly no-time flat, my fuel gage was on "E," a big yellow gas pump icon lit-up bright yellow, and my whole lower half of the dashboard lit-up with "LoFuel." Those were warning indicators that I had not previously seen in my bike's dashboard. I started to dramatically slow down and purposefully coasted during downhills portions of the roadway. Thankfully, as we came out of the rolling foot hills near Interstate 80, our lead rider found an Exxon gas station - THANKFULLY! That was the closest I've ever come to running out of gas. All I could do was laugh, though it was a bit stressful and not so funny. So, after dinner tonight, I'm going to celebrate not running out of gas with a bottle of Mike's Hard Lemonade back at the hotel.