West Coast Run -- Wild Thing - 2009 Ford Flex Limited Long-Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Limited: West Coast Run -- Wild Thing

July 02, 2010

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The ultimate destination for this West Coast Run was the beautiful Redwood Forest. I was hoping to find the antithesis of Los Angeles without leaving California, and I did just that outside of the little town of Orick (population 654).

A row of cabins that formerly served logging mill employees have been completely refurbished. We're talking three bedrooms, two baths, DirecTV, microwave; even WiFi. They also include a single-car garage, so if you're driving a vehicle you don't want to leave out, like our long-term 2009 Ford Flex, there's a safe place to store it.

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The best feature of these cabins is that they're smack in the middle of a meadow where Elk are almost constantly grazing. We stayed three days and in that time we saw the herd at least once a day, and usually two or three times at various locations around the cabin (front, side, back).

I never actually put the Flex in the garage because the Elk never bothered it, or anything or anyone else. This is good because explaining the Elk bite marks in your paint is probably a converasation you don't want to have with your insurance agent.

This was the only location on our trip where we really had to completely unload (and later reload) the Flex, and the remote power rear liftgate, plus wide cargo opening with low liftover, made it fast and easy. That's what you want when there are a couple dozen Elk wandering by, as you'd likely rather spend your final moments in the Redwoods watching them -- versus futzing with release latches. After loading the Flex for our departure I manged to sneak out back and snap this shot off the rear deck before check-out time.

Karl Brauer, Editor at Large @ 58,867 miles

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