On some interesting levels, it has become one of my favorite holidays. Not because of the food, which is what some folks would respond accordingly. Or, the annual football games in Detroit and Arlington, Texas. Or, the futile attempt at getting over the river and through the woods to your family's house for your annual gathering.
As I said in a previous article, my colleagues made it clear that my attendance at the 2019 Midwest Automotive Media Association Fall Rally will be more than welcomed. That's all and great, but was all the effort I put into attending this year's event at the Autobahn Country Club near Joliet, Illinois worth my commitment to fulfill?
Consider what other vehicles were considered for this road trip story. Actually, I have forgotten most of the choices, except for a 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited. It does have the same driveline as the ES 300h – the 2.5-liter gas-electric powerplant with a continuously variable transmission – but with the addition of all-wheel-drive. However, I thought about the impact on fuel economy, as SUVs and crossovers tend to yield less than their sedan counterparts.
This road trip had to be done. I missed the last opportunity because my body was healing from my illness since May. I was not going to miss this opportunity. My doctor did not clear me to do so, therefore we rescheduled everything. I found our next opportunity and gave myself more than enough time to be healthy enough to accomplish this story.
To travel for work again. That was a goal fulfilled. Consider what I have gone through since the beginning of May. Or, as I discovered through this site, a couple of months before then. One would expect to recover from expending kidney stones in a couple of weeks. But, I am discovering that the complications from that event extended this by well over a month because my immune system decided to go haywire letting things go beyond my control.
For as long as both the USA and Canada has been around, we
always had the want of roaming our territory. The freedom of the road and the vast opportunities to see something extraordinary and different. Something unique that you can tell stories about for the rest of your life and pass it down through the generations.