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Avoidable Contact #70: Stuck in the middle (of a desert) with you

The story so far: The author and his 11-year-old son drove to California from Ohio, ending at the Donner Pass. This is normally where the tale ends, whether it’s Pirsig or Simpson or Krakauer … or Alex Roy, whose infamous The Driver rather touchingly concludes by addressing both the issue of traveling West with expectation and the notion of reconnecting with a difficult or distant father. East to West. You never read about anyone coming back East. It would be like ending “Star Wars” by showing everyone lining up for the men’s room after that wonderful ceremony where John Williams has his orchestra playing in some kind of hidden pit and Chewie doesn’t get a medal ...

 

Read the full column at Hagerty.com:

https://www.hagerty.com/media/opinion/avoidable-contact-70-stuck-in-the-middle-of-a-desert-with-you/

Replies (8)

Replies (8)

“When. Are. You. Going. To. Learn. To. Respect. The. Desert?” she asked. 

 

Such a smart woman.

Hagerty Employee

We do a lot of driving on the sand out here by the Atlantic Ocean, and airing down the tires is a big part of a successful adventure in a stock four wheel drive. Next time try dropping those tires down to 10 pounds, and that can give you a lot more squish to move through the sand. You were also contending with some pretty thin sidewalls on that wheel and tire combo, though! Great adventure, Jack- fun read and good luck to your son. 

Hagerty Employee

I will likely have have to steal that line about wanting to sit in the recliner and stare at the wall for a while. Thanks!

Hagerty Employee

Thanks Jack! Good stuff. A lot of us like the Real Thing.

Intermediate Driver

A 528e shout out!  Still operate an '88 528e (with a chipped e2i conversion).  Good A/C, leather, nice stereo, and a trunk large enough for 2 gumbas.  What more do you need?  Btw, nice travelogue.  The kid got lucky in the dad department.

Pit Crew

Can't you find employment with a bicycle magazine? Enough of the bicycle stories on Hagerty, please. I don't come here for the Great American novel, and if I did it wouldn't be another bicycle story, anyway.

Detailer

What a beautiful ending, Jack. Makes me want to take my son on a road trip. Lately we've just been playing wiffle ball in the back yard and then watching the Phillies on TV, but I'd love to take him out on the open road and experience adventures like that. To your comment about the load height of the truck bed, it confirms my opinion that my 2006 extended-cab Dakota is just the right size for a practical pickup bed...

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