2009 Ford Flex: Oregon Day 3, Stormy Weather
December 28, 2008
I can't remember where I heard it, or even if it's true, but the Weather Channel is supposed to be the most-watched cable network. It's hard to fathom in southern California, where this trip in the 2009 Ford Flex Limited began. But here on the Oregon coast it's a lot easier to believe.
Dad has his own weather setup, and he has logged temperature, rainfall and windspeed more or less each day since he moved here from So Cal some 19 years ago. This morning's rain gauge reading was 5.4 inches, the second-highest 24-hour total he's recorded.
Despite this, we pointed the Flex toward Gold Beach, 15 miles away. Our mission: fresh Dungeness crab for tonight's annual crab feed. That's right, some adventerous fisherman was out in it last night, bobbing around in his boat and hauling up crab pots to harvest what would become dinner for a lot of locals around here.
On the way to town, we encountered a rotted tree that had blown down across the road. Further on, we came to a place where the Pistol River had overflowed its banks and overtopped the road. We had another route to choose from, so we got our crab anyway.
The Flex has a really handy pair of 3rd row seats that fold into the floor like most late-model minivans when not in use. But when the third row is in use, a deep well with a surprising amount of space is revealed behind the deployed seatbacks. It was here that our cooler full of fresh crab rode securely, with no need for tie-downs to keep it from moving about on the trip home up convoluted Carpenterville Road.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 13,951 miles