Rally Survives Pinch at the Pump

If you think putting gas in your car or S.U.V. is painful, perhaps you should try filling up your home.

More than a thousand motor coaches will assemble at the Berrien county 4-H fairgrounds in Berrien Springs this weekend, for the Great Lakes Area Spring Spree.

While organizers feared that high fuel prices might hurt attendance, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

More than one thousand units are expected to arrive for the weekend event. That’s more than last year, and just 50 or so shy of the attendance record.

Ron and Judy Ruff came from Sarasota, Florida. They figure they spent some $600 on gas. For that price, they could have flown on a commercial airline.

“The last tank I filled up was $200, that’s a new plateau,” said Ron, who figures the trip cost 41-cents a mile.

When asked what price it would take to keep him home, Thomas LaMarque of New York replied, “that’s a good question.”

LaMarque said he was planning to travel out west later this summer, although that might mean staying home next year.

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