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New tires are like new shoes: not a lot of fun to put on, but they really make a difference.

A new set of tires is the perfect excuse for Poppy to take her car out into the San Palomino Desert and put it through its paces.


A Highway 502 story

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My stepdad restores Packards. This story has the wonderful feel of those classic cars, where things are built and revile by your own hands. Two years ago, we bought a 1956 Packard Executive. I'm looking forward to when we get it running well, and wet can take it out.

Aw yiss, 125.5 horsepower. :pinkiecrazy:

Oly a cursory glance

Typo report

God, that was beautiful.

What or where is Highway 502?

lovely piece
Love older cars and the open highway.
Been a long time since I last drove down a desert highway.

You grabbed me with that picture of the Cord. Damn, that is a great look.

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Old cars are cool, and there's just something about the looks of twenties and thirties cars that's always appealed to me. I think that that was a time when the automakers were the most experimental, as they tried to figure out what the automobile could or should be.

Also, I really admire anyone who's willing to put the time and effort into restoring an old car. That's a lot of work.

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Aw yiss,125.5 horsepower.:pinkiecrazy:

Poppy's probably got more, since her car now has a Speedwell Ironworks straight-eight. Heck, just the name of that engine alone adds a hundred horsepower (and probably a lot of street cred, too).

Typo report

Typo fixed!

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lovely piece

:heart:

Love older cars and the open highway.

Who doesn't? There's something so romantic about that image.

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Been a long time since I last drove down a desert highway.

I've honestly never driving down a proper desert highway. Best I can claim is I-40 through Texas to Albuquerque.

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:heart:

You grabbed me with that picture of the Cord. Damn, that is a great look.

Isn't it just? I was looking for suitable coverart pictures and came across a Cord and I just couldn't get enough of that car.

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The short explanation is that there's a State Route 502 in New Mexico that runs from Los Alamos to Santa Fe, and a corresponding highway in the pony world that runs through Palomino and Soda Springs.

The slightly longer explanation involves Fimfiction's frequent 502 errors back when I was doing my first One-Shot-Ober.

This was a really nice mood piece. :twilightsmile:

It brought me back to the Triumph Spitfires and Heralds my father (and my mother, and my oldest brother) owned and worked on when I was... well, young. It also reminded me of a time when I actually looked forward to long trips out driving on my own, and night-time always felt the best to be driving in — it always seemed to offer that much more solitude when I needed it.

I looked up everything you mentioned along the way, and laughed when I discovered that the Frisky was an actual car! That's not only very pony, but the original car in your blog does look very pony, though I can't imagine Poppy driving that when she could have a car with a straight-8.

Oh yeah, also caught my eye: Arabic ٥٠٢ = 502 (your section break). Clever.

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This was a really nice mood piece.:twilightsmile:
:heart:

It brought me back to the Triumph Spitfires and Heralds my father (and my mother, and my oldest brother) owned and worked on when I was... well, young. It also reminded me of a time when I actually looked forward to long trips out driving on my own, and night-time always felt the best to be driving in — it always seemed to offer that much more solitude when I needed it.

It's funny--I appreciate modern cars in their reliability, safety, and comfort, but at the same time, there's just something fun about driving an older car that newer cars seem to have lost. Or maybe that's just the difference in driving because you have to, and driving because you want to.

Night driving is about the best driving, IMHO.

I looked up everything you mentioned along the way, and laughed when I discovered that the Frisky was an actual car! That's not only very pony, but the original car in your blogdoeslook verypony, though I can't imagine Poppy driving that when she could have a car with a straight-8.

As much as I like the looks of the Cord, I have to say that the Friskysport does look more like something that a pony would invent. I never would have known it was a car, except that I was looking for names of obsolete auto manufacturers that sounded kind of pony-like, and how could I not use the Meadows-Frisky company?

Oh yeah, also caught my eye: Arabic ٥٠٢ = 502 (your section break). Clever.

Thanks!

Fun fact, in the original story, I forgot that Arabic is right to left, so I had to fix them in that story.

I don't know if you've mentioned it in any previous Highway stories but are the controls of the cars altered in any way to be pony friendly? Obviously a unicorn would have less problem with human style controls (although there might be some problem with using several controls at once) but other tribes might have some issues. It could be uncomfortable for them remain in a sitting position for an extended time and use pedals so maybe cars are driven from a standing position, steering wheels are mouth operated, etc.

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Yeah, I was just guessing at the whole number in order to do the 0.5 joke. :rainbowlaugh:

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Spent most of my childhood and teen driving years in New Mexico. With almost all of that out in the boonies.
Ive done that stretch of 1-40 and the other side to San Diego. I've also done I-10 from NM to San Diego as well.
Lovely driving, much variety.

Ooo! Is it that long awaited promised sequel to Highway 502?
Wait! It's a... prequel? Huh.

Just like Highway 502, it's a neat litle piece of writting. Although this one is more focused on thought and feelings.

A story about cars from the stone age that ROBCakeran53 didn't edit? Truly reality itself must shudder at the sight.

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I don't know if you've mentioned it in any previous Highway stories but are the controls of the cars altered in any way to be pony friendly? Obviously a unicorn would have less problem with human style controls (although there might be some problem with using several controls at once) but other tribes might have some issues. It could be uncomfortable for them remain in a sitting position for an extended time and use pedals so maybe cars are driven from a standing position, steering wheels are mouth operated, etc.

I've been deliberately vague on that.

In canon, ponies are unnaturally flexible, and shouldn't have much problem with conventional controls, except perhaps difficulty reaching the pedals.
And I'll be honest, I kind of like that visual.

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In reality . . . I'm not sure how you'd get an equine into a seated position in a car (assuming that it can fit; let's say a Shetland pony or something) but once it was there, I could imagine that it could potentially work the major controls--pedals, steering wheel, and shifter. Little buttons and knobs would be a challenge, of course, and a touchscreen is probably completely out.

A recumbent position (or even a standing position) seems more usable for an equine. some kind of lever/hoof pedal could be used for steering and braking; maybe left/right with the forehooves (either pushing back and forth, like a bicycle handlebars, or pressing down on one side or the other, like a teeter-totter), and the accelerator/brake could be done with the hind legs. Sequential-shifted transmissions wouldn't be too problematic to operate by hoof, and an automatic transmission wouldn't be much of a problem, either

Earth pony cars would likely have to have large control buttons for accessories. Pegasi could potentially run some controls with their wings, and of course unicorns could theoretically manage practically anything (except perhaps a touch screen).

It might look something like this:

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Yeah, I was just guessing at the whole number in order to do the 0.5 joke.:rainbowlaugh:

And people accuse Silver Glow of being an anti-unicorn tribalist. :trollestia:

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It's been over 20 years since I was out there. I don't remember the final stretch as well as I should have; I was on the tail end of a two-day driving marathon. Stopped for the night in San Jon because I simply couldn't drive any more.

What I do remember of it was that it was both desolate and beautiful. And if I'd had more time, I think it would have been a lot more fun to take secondary roads.

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Wait! It's a... prequel? Huh.

It felt more like a prequel to me as I worked through it.
(so the current order of the stories would be Solo, Drive, and Highway 502).

Just like Highway 502, it's a neat little piece of writing. Although this one is more focused on thought and feelings.

It is--I think that there aren't enough stories about just driving for the fun of it.

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A story about cars from the stone age that ROBCakeran53 didn't edit? Truly reality itself must shudder at the sight.

Fear not, he did. He's up there in the list of pre-readers/editors.

In fact, he's the first one to know about this story. I've been bouncing ideas off him since the late summer.

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Didn't that human in Highway 502 saw a black car speed by him at some point? I'm not too sure cause I just re-read it in diagonal just to remember who was Poppy.

Love this add on to the Highway 502 series. Hope to see more! Good ol ponies and cars stories are awesome. Poppy’s adventure in her car reminds me of the times I would just go for a drive in my Jeep.

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I see. You threw it into the A/N. My bad.

Nothing quite like getting into the car and just cruising.

A beautifully atmospheric story about a person who loves cars by a person who loves cars. Thank you for it, and for the reader's guide.

Tons of little details and period things.

They don't make them like this anymore.

There is a lyric in the Cold Chisel song Bow River that goes...

I’m gonna pick up a fast car,
And burn my name in the road

There is nothing quite like the freedom of the open road.

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Didn't that human in Highway 502 saw a black car speed by him at some point? I'm not too sure cause I just re-read it in diagonal just to remember who was Poppy.

Yes, although it wasn't anypony memorable. Poppy would have stopped, just to check out his Jeep.

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Love this add on to the Highway 502 series. Hope to see more!

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Good ol ponies and cars stories are awesome. Poppy’s adventure in her car reminds me of the times I would just go for a drive in my Jeep.

I used to cruise around in nearly anything. Not so much any more, largely because I never seem to have time, and in part because I already feel like I drive enough. Maybe I should get or build a 'fun' car for cruising around in and nothing else.

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Nothing quite like getting into the car and just cruising.

Totally agreed.

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A beautifully atmospheric story about a person who loves cars by a person who loves cars.

Thanks!

Thank you for it, and for the reader's guide.

You're welcome!

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Tons of little details and period things.

:heart:

They don't make them like this anymore.

Normally, I say that's a good thing, having driving a large number of cars from the late 70s and early 80s . . . but I'd certainly make an exception for a car like that Cord.

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There is nothing quite like the freedom of the open road.

Very true. Especially when the road goes all the way to the horizon.

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Yeah that’s what I was hoping to do if ever I got my hands on a girly decent Jeep YJ.

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I've got an XJ now, although it barely clears the 'fairly decent' bar.

If I've ever got some extra bits and a place to put it, I've been thinking of making a chop-top Crown Vic. You can pick those up cheap, and they're fun to drive.

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Oh yeah no doubt. Those are good solid cars. And I love XJs too.

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I got mine from Alex . . . it needs a lot of work, although it's currently safe to drive, sort of. And the four wheel drive works, which is nice.

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Not his black Comanche is it?

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Oh okay. When you said Alex sold it to you I thought of his Comanche. I don’t think I ever saw his Cherokee. I heard him mention it though.

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He bought it for parts for a project, and wound up not needing it (I'll let him tell you the full story :heart:).

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Ah okay. Yeah if I get home in a timely manner haha

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Well, we're gonna keep hanging out most Fridays, and sooner or later I'll drive the Jeep to one of the things. . .

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Awesome. That brush guard looks good on it.

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If you read the attached blog post to this story, you'll see that very same brush guard on the front of my Sonoma. It's off an older Cherokee, and has been modified to fit a s-truck . . . and when I get around to it, I'm going to finish modifying it back to fit a Jeep.

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