RIDGEWAY TOWNSHIP, Mich., June 12 (UPI) -- A Michigan man has seen the USA, not in a Chevrolet but in a Ford truck on which he's put more than a million miles doing what he said he didn't intend.
Gary Mueller of Ridgeway Township socked away money to travel when he worked for Ford Motor Co., but he said about 90 percent of it vanished when the stock market "dot-com" bubble burst in April 2000.
"That kind of quenched my travel plans for my savings," he said.
He still wanted to travel, and taking a cue from a friend, Mueller bought a truck and went to work for Quality Drive-Away Inc., of Goshen, Ind., in September 2001 hauling recreational vehicles to all parts of the country, The Daily Telegram of Adrian, Mich., reported Sunday.
"I found out right away when you're driving, it's not as much of a sightseeing experience as watching out for the other guy," Mueller said.
He had an accident three months after starting the job but then bought a 2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty diesel truck with manual transmission and dual rear wheels and proceeded to put more than a million miles worth of traveling the country on it, hauling trailers that can weigh more than 16,000 pounds.
"This truck really feels kind of like an extension of me," Mueller said.
His truck ticked 1 million miles Feb. 17, the newspaper said.
Mueller said the company he works for keeps sending him work, and if he keeps on maintaining his truck as diligently as he does, he doesn't see any reason why he can't keep on truckin'.
"I don't think there's a limit," he said.