High Gas Costs Hit Home

Scott Barnes, a Honolulu resident, fills up his tank at a service station in Kailua, Hawaii, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, near a sign listing gasoline prices. In an effort to gain some control over what Hawaii motorists pay at the pump, the state Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday set the nation's first ever state caps on the wholesale price of gasoline. The price ceilings are due to go into effect on Sept. 1. (AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman)
This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
I live in New York City and for me that means my primary method of transportation is my feet.

I walk all over the place. I walk home from work everyday. Grocery store, walk. Dry cleaners, pharmacy, walk. Doctors appointments, walk. Yankees game? Walk to the subway.

What I don't do very much is drive, except in the summertime as we're always getting out of town on the weekend. I found a station last Sunday that was way below the price I pay in the city and I felt like I had won the lottery.

And now, with a tropical storm headed toward the United States, the price of oil got pushed even higher this week. We're all in sticker shock.

Jim Axelrod of CBS News has been driving a minivan across the country to check out prices and psyches and yesterday he stopped in Elkhart, Ind. where they make the big RVs. How about filling up a 100-gallon gas tank on a monster with pretty sorry mpg in the first place?

I imagine a lot of RVers will be camping in the driveway this year but, there's an advantage: you can walk home from there.

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