2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Road Trip: A Delicious Milestone?

August 21, 2009


Our 2009 Ford Flex turned over yet another milestone today. But before you roll your eyes and label this engineer a big fat geek (my wife certainly did), know that it wasn't my idea. I was pestered into doing it by a certain enthusiastic co-worker with two liberal arts degrees.

But if I was going to go along with it, I was going to do it right. So I took the liberty of taking his idea one step further. Let's see if he notices.

Here's the exchange that led up to this point:

It started at lunch about four weeks ago, when the Flex was still one of several candidates for this trip. Mike knew the Flex's odometer by heart, of course, and he knows my Oregon trip is good for about 2,000 miles. If I did indeed select the Flex, Mike had this plan hatched and ready for me to carry out.

Once the Flex got the green light, he reminded me about it a couple of more times in the days leading up to my trip. Then, when I was at home with the Flex and getting prepared for lift-off, I started getting texts:

MM: Aug 8 - Remember to watch the odometer. The .9 is imperative! Enjoy your Trip!

MM: Aug 14 - Hi. Did you reach it yet? How's the trip?

DE: Aug 14 - Great. Might not hit it until the last day.

MM: Aug 21 - Saw your last blog...you're close! Stay sharp!

DE: Aug 21 - OK. 80 miles to go. Chill, baby, chill.

There you have it. But I ask this of the audience at large: Do you think Mr. Liberal Arts Major has been spending too much alone time with our VBOX data logger?

Oh, and here's where it happened...


Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains, somewhere south of Bishop, California on US 395 south.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ Pi miles (sort of, if you ignore the misplaced decimals.)

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