“See that road? The way it goes way off to the right and then turns for those two hills?”
“You can tell how it must drop down into the that big valley between the plateau and the mountains in the far distance. I’ve always been curious what’s over that ridge. The view must be stupendous! I can’t believe I’ve never done it. It’s ridiculous. I’d love to just drive up there right now and see, but don’t worry, I won’t, not in this car. It would make it, though…”
“I should say not!”
“See, this is why I need my little truck. A Tacoma with great big tires. It’d go flying over those rocks! I’ll just have to come back out here with my little truck. Jim O’Donnell’s been out there, I’ve seen his photos. There are structures out there in the middle of nowhere, primitive corrals or something built of piled-up rocks. Some of them must be really old.”
“I’ll pour out the sour chocolate milk right here, I think.”
“Can’t take it back to Albertson’s, I don’t have the receipt. And how could I prove it in the first place?”
“I can’t believe it’s a whole week past the ‘use by’ date.”
“Oh well, human error. I don’t mind.”
“I can’t believe it.”
“I’ll bet that’s the last time that happens.”
“Man, just look at that road!”
What car is that? Nice looking and maybe room enough to sleep in it? Does well in the snow?
That’s a 2007 Pontiac Vibe, essentially a reskinned Toyota Matrix. Has the Corolla engine, front wheel drive. It’s actually pretty good in snow, but tires are everything. The back seat folds flat and so does the front passenger seat, so one could conceivably sleep in it. Maybe.
As a car, it’s been fantastic. We got the rare 5-speed manual because it’s underpowered for the weight, and the manual lets me use lower gears for passing or climbing in the mountains. Gas mileage is always in the 30s. Last tank was 36.3 mpg. Pretty amazing. Over 100k miles on it, no problems. It’s very comfortable for three-day road trips. Cruises at 80 plus quite nicely, but you do have to know how to row that gearbox. Naturally, they don’t make them any more.
forgot to say – I am enjoying the new book!
Excellent! By all means write a review. 🙂
Get ya one a them Tacomas, only about $35k for a base model. Ha. The resale on those trucks, even 15 years old, is absurd. I saw a silver Tacoma, 2001, with 156k miles on it, pretty good shape, for $9500. I had the exact same model when it came out new and sold it after four years. Wish I’d kept it. But I plan to get one probably before the summer is out.
Oh, it’ll be one of those used ones. When the moment [koff] is right.
They are great trucks, though. Best I’ve ever owned and I think I’ve driven and owned most every model out there during my multiple decades wandering the earth.