West Coast Run -- Tree Me - 2009 Ford Flex Limited Long-Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Limited: West Coast Run -- Tree Me

July 01, 2010

Flex at Drive-Thru Tree Sign.JPG

If you saw our caption contest from last Friday you already know our long-term 2009 Ford Flex was driven into a tree -- literally -- on this road trip. Actually, the above photo would have made a decent caption contest image too.

Anyway, you know the Flex made it in but what you don't know is if it actually made it out the other side...

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Okay, okay -- it made it out, and without any unintended wood siding to boot. We folded in the mirrors for good measure, but I think we could have left them out and still been alright.

Probably the most entertaining aspect of this adventure wasn't driving our long-term Flex through the tree but watching the folks in the Chevrolet Tahoe try to do it in front of us. The guy got scared about 7/8 of the way in and started wondering if he should back out! It took a lot coaxing from a fellow group of tourists standing on the other side to convince him he should keep going. We were sitting behind him just wishing he'd get out of the way, and we didn't care which direction he chose (though I was secretly hoping for backwards -- ha!).

There are a couple of these 'drive-thru' trees in the Redwoods, but this one is at Leggett if you're interested. Just don't try to back out!

Or do, but call me first so I can watch!

Karl Brauer, Editor at Large @ 58,611 miles

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