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Got off work at 8am this morning, decided to go for a ride. (For anyone in the Lehigh Valley area, I took 29 through Emmaus to Rt 100 and continued about another 20-30 mi and back. Rt 100 is a GREAT ride on a Saturday/Sunday morning.)

It was a beautiful, cool morning. The sun was out, the sky was blue, and the open road beckoned. So far I'll admit that most of the joy I've gotten from this car has been the same type I would have gotten when I was a teenager. I've avoided burnouts or any real peeling of the tires, but have had great fun careening through the first 2 or 3 gears on take off here and there, and I got rubber in 3rd on my way out of work this morning. (Though I was getting on it at the time, the 3rd gear rip was not even intentional!)

So, this morning being as beautiful and pristine as it was, I decided to take a different approach. I just ran the speed limit or less (depending on traffic) for more or less the entire ride, but with the windows down and the radio off. There were LOTS of other people cruising the same road today, with speeds from 35mph to 55mph as we rolled through a few different small towns.

I was enveloped in an almost womblike way by the warmth of the sun and the bassy murmur of the exhaust as the car effortlessly glided over the hills and mild turns along the way. I pushed neither suspension nor engine to any sort of limit, just enjoying the competent road feel of the car and the glorious feeling of all that power on tap as I ever so delicately pressed the gas pedal to pick up a bit of speed around the odd corner or steeper hill.

The handling of the car was picture-perfect in every way. The softer-than-I-expected suspension felt truly luxurious, and felt tuned more to the overstuffed Bullitt interior than to the low profile tires and 17 inch rims which stand out so prominently from the outside. As I moved through the gears, my semi-conscious labeling of the car changed rather subtly from "racy hotrod" to "delicious roadster". (Yes, I realize it does not actually fit the definition of the word "roadster".)

While surely it was all in my head, it seemed I could tell the people who were out for joyrides, and I felt a certain unacknowledged camaraderie with anyone I perceived as such. Though I've always enjoyed the occasional pleasure cruise in any car, I arrived back home with a completely new idea about what really makes owning a performance car special. It's alot less about speed than I have always thought...

Just thought I'd share, and hopefully many of you had similar mornings. This was the first time since I picked it up Thursday that I've been alone in the car for more than 10 minutes, so in many ways was my first chance to really experience the car.

Joe
 

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GREAT use of adjectives...that's exactly how I feel!! Except, sometimes my foot gets a little heavy... :smile:
 

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Heh, no but thanks for asking. I'm a self-described wannabe writer. I write little things here and there just to practice, and I keep swearing that one of these days I'm going to write a decent short story or novel. I'm flattered you would think so! :smile:

Glad you liked the story!

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Joe, DHG-1934, I know those roads well. I used to commute from Lancaster County up to Easton and often visited a fellow stanger in Emmaus. Rt 100 is a joy, isn't it.

Your description of satisfaction with your Bullitt is an apt duplication of my own. Last Friday I hit the PA Turnpike from Zinn's Diner to Harrisburg to go jam with a fellow musician and our new digital multitrack recorders. We spent our fair share of time with my new Bullitt, however.

The highway jaunt was the height of the evening for me. Like you, I hit the road with windows down and radio off. Suprising, how much music I generally listen to. The Bullitt is a pleasure. It is such a competent, purposeful, effortless coach. In a way, there can be no finer luxury. Particularly if you enjoy driving. I always thought that if I was able to afford a chaeuffer, I'd simply rather drive anyway.

Glad to hear you're enjoying the ride.
 

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Ditto here on the music. I was really looking forward to having the Mach 460, and I hardly listen to it at all! :smile: Yes, I've enjoyed Rt 100 before in my Honda and my Thunderbird, but never like this!

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