I got up at 5am to make it to a very popular Chicago radio show. I can’t remember ever being this cold. The “wind-chill factor” is 25 degrees BELOW ZERO. The ice sheet on the water around the Navy Pier extends out about a mile. PERFECT!
Many people have asked me why I didn’t wait until spring to do this test. My response is simple. It wouldn’t be a test if we didn’t encounter extreme conditions – it would be a road trip. We wanted extreme condition, and as tough as that is at times, we wouldn’t know how cellulosic ethanol performed in sub-zero temperatures, unless we drove in them. Which brings me to the Navy Pier in Chicago during the coldest, snowiest winter on record… Perfect conditions!