Pavement Princess Truck

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Pavement Princess Truck

Alright, I must come clean, I own a 2WD pickup truck, but she is not a ‘Pavement Princess’, not even close. This was my first truck, and I purchased her nearly 20 years ago, brand new and currently has 230k miles on her. My son was in Boy Scouts at the time, and I was one of his Scout Masters. So, I often hauled boys and equipment, and the truck wasn’t a year old when I first got her buried to her axles.

BISON Truck
I think she needs some bigger tires, lol - This is not my truck

This was a district event, and they had everyone parking next to a lake. Well, it was raining, and the water levels were rising, but we didn’t know that yet. They told everyone that the water was about a foot deep when I got to my truck. I didn’t even try as there was a Jeep that was towing everyone out. A few events later, she was buried again, this time in mud. I had all the troop gear and they allowed one vehicle back and I was the only truck in the troop. I unloaded all the equipment and loaded up all the boys into the bed and I went mudding so to speak. Since I have owned her she has been buried axle-deep four or five times, all mud except the first time.

Every few months I take it into the horse field and I hook up a homemade drag and I drag the field. Dragging it spreads all the manure around. If you do it right, the manure will be all broken up and spread around the field, which helps promote new grass growth. She has towed just about everything and even has hauled a ton of hay (literally a ton), many times. In fact, she hauls about a dozen round bales a year and sometimes, loaded down with square bales too. Loaded with mulch, both bulk and bags (more Scouting), stone, and wood too. I use her as a truck is meant to be used.

I started this post when I saw the above photo, but the comments under the photo were just destroying the guy in the photo because he was sporting a ‘Grunt Style’ shirt and had a Navy sticker on his truck. I was taken aback by the comments. Most of them were busting his chops just for that. They were basically stating that you should only sport your military service for the first 4-5 years after you got out and then that is it. They thought that after that, you should have done something better than the military.

Well, let’s see what have I done since. I have been involved in Cub Scouts, as a Cub Master, A Scout Master for Boy Scouts (12 years combined), I was a T-Ball coach, I was a soccer coach for 10 or more years. I sat on several boards of directors, and I have worked for the Marine Corps and Navy as a Government employee doing IT. And my truck usually has a sticker supporting most of those. There are other things I have done, but I don’t need to go into all of them. Plus, they are entitled to their opinion.

I’m afraid I have to disagree with their opinions, and I could actually care less what they think. I’m hoping to turn the old truck into a farm truck and purchase a 2024 RAM 1500 TRX. And like my current ride, she will have the Marine Corps license plate for Virginia and an EGA somewhere. If someone is offended by that, then they can kiss my ass.

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Welcome to the Average Joe Weekly blog. This is basically my place on the web where I can help spread some of the knowledge that I have accumulated over the years. I served 10+ years in the Marine Corps on Active Duty, but that was some 25 years ago.

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Welcome to the Average Joe Weekly blog. This is basically my place on the web where I can help spread some of the knowledge that I have accumulated over the years. I served 10+ years in the Marine Corps on Active Duty, but that was some 25 years ago.

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