So Michael Engleman is a friend, and he runs the US Women’s Cycling Development Program, and that seems like a great project to me, so I dig that Hüdz can support them. And, because Michael is such a good guy, I like doing anything I can, personally, to help him out. That means that when Michael emailed to ask if I knew anyone who had a ‘team car’ that he could borrow for a few weeks to do Nature Valley and Elite Nationals that I was happy to offer up my Hüdz-Subaru Outback.

The only catch is that I have to run out to our new molder, pick up a 3-year old from school, and do a lot of other things that some times require a car. Since my wife is driving back and forth to Leadville on a regular basis for the RMBFestival that means I’m not able to count on stealing her car. “No problem,” said Mike. “I can leave my truck for you if you need it…”

That’ll work…

And then the truck showed up.

Michael had said it was a ‘farm truck’ (a disclaimer that I was familiar with having grown up with an olive/pea-green Ford F250 from 1970 that was our ‘farm truck’ – my dad was a lawyer, but he grew up on a farm so we had a farm truck and cows on our 5 acres just for good measure). There was no way that I was prepared for this.

It wasn’t a ‘farm truck’ in mid-western standards, it was a Rocky Mountain Ranch Truck. The hood on this beast is taller than a Honda Civic. When I put the child seat in the back (it’s a four-door), my son’s head is higher than mine when he’s all buckled in and I’m standing on the ground.

If my calculations are right, then I’m getting about 8 mpg in this thing also. Plus it’s so big that I can’t even begin to think about parallel parking it, so I have to use parking garages and lots all the time, and that’s getting expensive too. And for the coup de grace, a SmartCar dropped me like a bad habit pulling away from a stop light. If only I had some horses to haul, then this would all make sense…

My friends are loving this. Because I’m typically very environmentally-conscious, low-impact, etc. they think it’s hilarious that I’m driving this thing. Nathan (who runs our grass-roots cross team) wants a picture of me driving it to prove that it happened. Lisa from team VBF asked for a copy if Nathan gets the picture.

At least I’m contributing to a good cause, and commuting on my bike more…