Some bonds are like steel. A boy and his dog, a captain and his vessel, and of course, a man and his truck. Few bonds are stronger than that. That’s definitely the case with John Shuster and his Ford truck. John, of South Berkwick, ME, says his truck has never let him down.
“It’s the only thing in my life I can rely on,” says John of his eight year old truck, nicknamed “Big Blue”.
Big Blue is a 2002 Dark Blue Ford Excursion. Similar to Paul Bunyan and his famous blue ox, Babe, John and Blue do everything together. In fact, John is planning a road trip with Blue up Mount Washington later this year. John and Blue, joined with wife Renee and their dogs, take frequent weekend excursions to hunt, fish, and camp. John refers to them affectionately as “The Griswolds”, referring to the popular Chevy Chase movies from the 80′s and 90′s.
Renee says that John practically lives in Blue. Big Blue is chock full of John’s tools, outdoor gear, and emergency supplies. He even keeps a secret stash of beef jerky in Blue.
John and his Ford Excursion truck, “Big Blue”
“It’s a guy thing- you wouldn’t understand,” John tells Renee, of his love for trucks.
John’s love for trucks goes past just driving one. John has been a diesel mechanic since High School. It’s the only job he’s ever had, and has been working for the same company for 18 years.
John’s Paul Bunyan/Babe the Blue Ox relationship with his truck got us thinking. Who else out there has a great bond with their car, truck, SUV or recreational vehicle?
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