While watching the movie The Martian a few weeks ago, I found myself imagining myself in Matt Damon’s situation. Instead of pondering what I would eat and how I’d actually survive, I couldn’t get my brain past the idea of having the whole Martian planet to myself to negotiate on my ATV of choice. I’m certain I’d want a machine that was incredibly reliable, one that would be able to work hard, focused on efficiency, and would last for as long as it took for me to get rescued.
After spending a few months with the Honda FourTrax Rancher 4×4 Automatic DCT, I think I’ve found my Martian wheels Now… how I plan to keep it fueled with gasoline hasn’t actually been worked out yet. I figure I can work out those details after eating myself into a potato-coma-fueled dream. Truth be told, I’ll likely have to rely on a solution from my buddy/ real botonist Dr. Chris Martine, who just so happened to name a plant he discovered in Australia (Solanum watneyi) after the book/film’s character Mark Watney (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-chris-martine/why-im-naming-a-new-plant_b_8190242.html). But, for now, here’s the scoop on what we’ve affectionately nicknamed The Jolly Rancher. The 2016 Honda FourTrax Rancher 4×4 Automatic DCT ATV.
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