Matt was mowing his lawn, trying to beat a naughty drizzle that threatened to set back his plans to head to Canada for some fishing and logging with other men.
He quickly gave Stan and Katie the keys to his 2011 Ford F-150 4x4, an iconic man's vehicle if there ever was one, and the perfect starting point for the truck novice trying to decide. Stan has driven numerous farm trucks, SUVs, vans and other heavy equipment. . . but Matt's truck definitely was not like any of that.
Katie was pleasantly surprised when a convenient step silently emerged from the truck body to welcome her aboard. Matt's got all the goodies in his top-end machine, claims he doesn't or can't use most of them, but that's beside the point, isn't it?
We checked out the appointments and details, noticed there was even more headroom for Stan and plenty of space for a kennel and trip luggage in the back seat and then we fired up the big engine.
|Deb greeted us at the front desk.|
Our classic pickup was noticed in the newspaper parking lot as an unusual conveyance for the retired publisher, but thankfully no one there had time to remark on an old man desperately trying to regain his youth. . . but then we didn't stick around that long.
The ride back to Matt's on the freeway was remarkably stable, the wide and long wheel-base giving the pleasant sensation of smooth sailing. We quickly passed a couple of slower vehicles, looking down at their rooftops as we accelerated past.
You begin to see the attraction.
We shared impressions with our sponsor, still not convinced of the logic of acquiring this popular and expensive transportation mode. Matt could only snort a bit, laying no claims to making exclusively sensible decisions and ever pleased to encourage Stan in any foolishness or flirtation that would keep him happy in his dotage. So be it.
Meanwhile, Katie will stick to her bug.
|The step was a nice surprise.|