When we travel through Europe in a mini rental car we enjoy being in a flock of bird sized vehicles. Even the road construction crews flit around in trucks with 11 inch wheels.
As we head up to the Pacific Northwest, our Chevy turbo diesel Duramax crew cab truck, with camper and excess baggage rack, is a trusty Clydesdale. We lumber along in a herd of large beasts. The radio blasts blues from Chicago. We power past truckers with triple trailers and look out across thousands of acres of desert, ranch lands or cultivated fields. Everything in this part of our grand country is large and loud.
And when our gas guzzler needs a refill, we meet folks with big toys.
Our favorite today was a pontoon boat, with a gigantic Mercury outboard motor. This square craft plows through the water at a terrifying 40 mph — the owner said so. They didn’t say how it handles but a ride down the slide launches you high enough for a 360 degree flip before you hit the water. As he topped off 100 bucks of fuel, the bearded captain smiled, “I already got my swimsuit on.”