I think it can be a good thing to run the challenge in tough conditions - like winter. So what if it more difficult to get good FE in bad weather. It happens to all of us. Just like maintenance issues, people needing rides, whatever.
When I first signed onto the challenge, I figured it might run year round, good weather and bad. It hits all of us, and by requiring each team to have a member north of Mason-Dixon, it hopefully hits us all more or less equally.
Bruce, you should consider posting those thoughts to the FETC Take II thread. I imagine the Commish would appreciate it.
I haven't been on for ages due to "life difficulties," but since there's still occasional discussion about restarting the challenge I thought I'd better pop in and post a note.
For the last several months my work has included doing gas station audits, each of which requires adding fuel to the tank. I have little control over what brand of gasoline gets added when, and a gallon here, three gallons there makes it impossible to keep my gas log accurate.
I've given up on my Shell V-Power test for the time being, and haven't seen a point in trying to keep my gas log up to date. I'd definitely not meet the fill-up criteria for the challenge, so until things change you'll have to count me out.
P.S. As far as the important bit is concerned, I'm still fighting the fight and have been maintaining a little above 33MPG.