We use them to go farther and faster. They offer us protection from the miles traveled and generally make the travel easier.
An old pair of shoes is even better. They’re broken in, comfortable and your feet know just where to be.
The same can be said about old cars, which is why I’m still having trouble getting the right “fit” in my new car.
The Avalon was a larger car and one I had “broken in” over years of driving. The new Legacy (still only two months old) is smaller and I’m not sure I’ve driven it long enough to know how to “wear” it.
Recently, I picked up a friend at the West Palm Beach airport. It’s not a long distance, roughly 45 minutes or so, but it was probably the longest drive I’ve taken so far in my new car.
As the “trip” progressed, I couldn’t get my left foot in a comfortable spot and I kept squirming in my seat to get the “right” feeling. It was odd and a bit eye-opening. If a little drive like this made me squirm, what happens when I’m on the road for six hours? Or eight? Or eleven? Or the 250 or so hours of my Great North American Baseball Road Trip?
I wonder if I should take a few “test runs” of moderate distance (a couple of hours, for instance), just to get myself comfortable with my new “shoes”. I probably just need to wear the car in a bit to get myself to stop squirming.
Hmm. Disney is about 3 hours away…