Saturday, January 23, 2010
For the past 3 1/2 months, I've been cruising around our base in the little Mitsubishi pickup truck that you see pictured above. It's by no means the biggest, fastest, or strongest truck around. But it is fun to drive. It's got a little diesel engine, 5 speed manual transmission, and shift on the fly 4 wheel drive. It seats 4 or 5 of us relatively comfortably, and when we need to haul something off to the dump, or to the air terminal, we just throw it in the short bed.
Whenever it rains here in Southern Iraq (which fortunately isn't often at all), the place turns into one big mud hole. On those couple of days, the 4 wheel drive comes in very handy. But even with all 4 wheels engaged, we've still had quite a few "slip and slide" adventures on the roads ...
One morning, it had rained about 1/2 an inch overnight, and we were driving to work. Due to some construction, we had to take a little detour onto a windy dirt road. Would have been no problem, except parked all along one side of this dirt road was a very long convoy of 18-wheeler semis. One of my forecasters, Dave Smith was driving the truck. We spent about 3/4 of a mile slipping from one side of the road to the other, just barely missing the big truck bumpers several times. Dave was really enjoying the ride. The LT and I, on the other hand, were less enthused ... accidents mean paperwork ... and I hate paperwork !!!
Anyway, as I said, I really like this little truck. And since I traded in my car before I deployed, I will be in the market for a new vehicle when I get back home. Unfortunately, they don't sell this model in the United States. And even more unfortunately the closest relative is a truck called the Mitsubishi Raider, that doesn't appear to get very good reviews. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to enjoy this truck while I'm here, and look for something else when I get home.