I am so used to driving a small car that the Outlander feels really really wide to me while I am driving it. People around me on the other hand either think I am being overly cautious or a little crazy as I drive around town. If something is sticking in the road I will move far over in the lane sometimes past the yellow line to make sure that I avoid it even though I would have had plenty of room if I had just gotten over a little bit. This morning the first order of business was to pick up my morning Sweet Tea. Going through the drive through was a really new expirience. I didn’t need to reach up to grab my drink and once I had it there were so many choices of where to put it there are 3 cup holders in the front seat. See with my MINI in order to be able to close the window after leaving the drive through I put the Sweet Tea in the cup holder that would belong to the passanger.
I am the Program Coordinator for an innitiative called Smart Lunch, Smart Kid the aim of which is to provide lunch to children at risk of hunger. I find the organizations and individuals to donate the food to the children and make sure everyone receives food 5 days a week. To date we have fed over 9,000 meals this summer in Gainesville, Georgia and we still have two more weeks of feeding the children to go before school starts and they have access to free and reduce cost meals through school. Today I took the day to make a change from my regular schedule and did site visits instead of staying at a single site for the entire time. Of course I didn’t bring my good camera so had to take pictures of everything with my Blackberry. My first stop was to visit with the children at privately run apartment complex who were receiving lunch provided by the local Mormon community. To get there in the least amount of time I take the highway 2 exits so got to really test out the exceleration and how the Outlander handles at high speeds. I was pretty impressed considering it has such a small engine for a big crossover.
While I was visiting with the volunteers and the children at this location I received a frantic call that one of our hot meal locations didn’t receive milk so I ran over to the other hot meal location to borrow some milks. I said hello to everyone there and checked out what lunch was today. I also made a delivery for their after lunch program because it was one of the teachers last day and I knew she wanted to do something really special for the kids there. I already had water in the car as well as fruit cups for delivery to one of our locations that we will be having an Olympics Game Day at so its is a really good thing I had a vehicle with a bigger trunk or I would have had to put my back seats down in the MINI there is no way it would have all fit in the little Boot. It was all of the food deliveries I make that sealed the decision on wanting to test drive the Outlander for a week. I knew it would really make things easier for me.
In order to get from the three locations (we have other locations but some are over for the summer and others we onyl get to bring food to when we have left over from another location or donations to cover the extra children) I visited today I go down a street that is all torn up just to see the difference I didn’t go around the gravel patch the first time I went down the street today but I avoided it all the other times while it wasn’t as horrible with the Outlander it wasn’t great so like everyone else who knows about the patch I went around it. I delivered the milk and put the water in the freezer and the fruit cups in the fridge for tomorrow’s Olympic Game Day. I wanted to do cut up oranges but I already had donated fruit cups so the decision was made for me and since they will be cold when we give them to the children tomorrow I think they will be happy with them.
I then drove over to Michael’s to pick up some paint and a few other supplies for tomorrow’s big event and came back to work. I am so not used to driving a big car that you should have seen my parking job. I am used to never going all the way up to the line when I park so that other cars can see me and not crash into me thinking there is a spot between two trucks. I thought I pulled up enough but I was sticking out of the spot. Not bad enough that I needed to pull up but something that never happens to me unless I do it on purpose somewhere or park in half a spot you know the ones with a light pole at the front of it or something similar. Overall I had fun driving around town in the Mitsubishi Outlander and can’t wait for my long highway drive tomorrow evening.
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Aside from the use of the vehicle and not needing to fill the gas tank up before they come and collect it I have not been compensated in any way by Mitsubishi or their PR company that handles the Press Cars for any of the posts that appear in this series. I also am under no obligation to post once a day I just figured that if I get to really expirience the vehicle and have an adventure with it you all would like to come along for the ride.