Till the Wheels Fall Off, Literally

by admin on February 28, 2015

One way to break my life into chapters would be by vehicles I’ve owned.  It would go something like this: 1986 Dodge Charger, 1989 Subaru Wagon, 1993 Dodge Caravan, 1995 Toyota Truck, 2004 Nissan Frontier.  The Frontier is my most recent and perhaps most dramatic chapter…

Till the Wheels Fall off - 300,000 miles

As a sales representative I drive, a lot. And to that tune I offer an ode (not an endorsement) to my Nissan that has made it ten years and almost 300,000 miles. From Asheville NC I have driven all over the east coast many many times, as far north as Ottawa and Montreal and as far South as Central Florida. “Till the Wheels Fall Off” is a borrowed title from a Hot Water Music album, but I mean it quite literally.  Before I replaced a blown rear differential, for the second time, this happened…

2010 The Unfortunate Blowout

Luckily, the truck and I lived, and so did everyone else who was driving near us.  After four more years it’s temporarily parked until I find a used transmission.  And even with a failing transmission and the absence of reverse, I was able (very strategically) to drive the vehicle for the last five months.

What is the relevance of all of this you might ask?  Really all it means is that I paid a bunch of money over the course of ten years to drive around, go kayaking, sell kayaking gear, put gas in my truck, repair my truck, and on and on.  I guess that’s the cost of making a living and/or striving to get out there and go paddling.  If I’m lucky I’ll do it for another ten years.

Below are a few memories of road trips from the last decade.

  • 2005 Horsepasture Parking Lot - PB&J on the Tailgate
  • 2005 Ottawa River Trip with Chris Gragtmans
  • 2005 Nolichucky River Trip with Chris Gragtmans
  • 2007 Outer Banks
  • 2008 Bryson City
  • 2008 North Alabama Whitewater Festival
  • 2009 Surf Taco Sea Girt New Jersey with Drew Hayes
  • 2010 The Wheels Fall'd off
  • 2011 Iceman Race Day
  • 2011 Iceman Race Day with Chris Gallaway
  • 2014 Fayetteville WV at Ace Adventure Gear
  • 2008 Montreal with Drew and Ryamond to build surf kayaks at Riot
  • 2007 The Ferry at Ocracoke Island with Mason
  • 2009 Huffy Rocket on the way to Wilson Creek Shuttle - photo Andy Gates
  • 2005 Joey Hall and I on the tailgate
  • 2005 Nolichucky Putin with Chris Gragtmans

Thanks, I guess,
Spencer Cooke, Effort Inc.


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