Damn I Miss the Summer: Musing the Values of the Dodge Journey
Yesterday morning, it was a chattering nine degrees in this author's hometown of Boston. More than a few people in the area needed jumps, and there was worry of pipes freezing. As I sat at the desk in my apartment, two things crossed my mind: Cold weather sucks, and remote start is a gift from the heavens. These two thoughts coincided as I was fumbling for my key FOB the remote start of the Dodge Journey that I was piloting this week. I am still moving into this apartment and as such, things are still being unboxed. I found the keys next to a collection of photos printed out from my adventures at Lime Rock part in September. I quickly hit the remote start button, and as the Dodge crossover warmed up outside, I sorted through the photo printouts, which led me to this photo. It just looks like the culmination of an epic afternoon. That's because it was. We saw all sorts of vintage F1 and Le Mans prototypes, but the real treat came late in the day, as we gazed upon the sun-soaked back stretch, wondering how one could muster the energy to hop into a steamy, sweaty racecar, when a chair and an iced tea seemed so much more appealing. PHOTOS: See more of the Dodge Journey
Hearing the crunch of snow as I walked out to the previously started Journey, I realized that I would give anything to be in that moment right then, when you did not have to be anywhere, but make sure your cocked your head up as the group of vintage racers flew by. The yearning to be elsewhere waned when I hoped into the Dodge Journey, and was welcomed by heated drivers seat and steering wheel. Linking the remote start to the climate controls and other available programs in the Journey makes for one smart crossover. When the weather is warm, the Journey will kick on the AC at full blast. In the freezing cold, the heat, as well as heated seat and steering wheel will kick on. It is one of those little toys that every driver needs. Like the warm summer afternoon at Lime Rock, you don't realize how good you had it until that wonderful moment has passed, or you have to turn in the keys for something without remote start!