Saturday, January 19, 2019

All Good Cars ...

This week I said good-bye to an old friend who had been with me since April 2011. We had made several round trips to Camp Lejeune to see my son while he was in the Marines. We commuted to Charleston WV daily — a round trip of more than 100 miles. We also traveled to towboat christenings in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh and Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, and maybe more, but I can't remember. We chased boats, sunrises, sunsets and fog. We went the Point in Pittsburgh and Fort Defiance at Cairo.

But a few weeks ago, there was a rear-ender. Tuesday we got the news that the damage was too much, so after 281,239 miles, I had to say good-bye to my Honda CR-V. I can't tell you how many times it got my wife home in deep snow late at night or before dawn. The thing was great going uphill in snow, but not so great downhill.

Now I need to find a replacement. Ideally it would be a compact pickup with four wheel drive. With my luck lately, I'll have to settle for a Smart Car. But we'll see.