iPhone survives 4-mile journey on truck’s tonneau cover

photo-211I was unloading our truck in Grass Valley with our son and left my wallet and iPhone on top of the tonneau cover during the task. Fine — except I forgot to collect them before the ride home.

“Look Dad,” my son said, pointing to the iPhone sitting on top of the truck’s tonneau cover as we pulled in front of the house about 10 minutes later. OMG.

Luckily, the phone had survived the 4-mile ride from Grass Valley to Nevada City on surface streets, and the 55 mph drive on the freeway.

The wallet was gone, but we retraced the route and found it on the shoulder of the freeway near Idaho Maryland Road. I picked it up, and nothing was missing.

Do not try this at home, but I was impressed that even a thin iPhone didn’t bounce off the top.

Needless to say, my wife was not so impressed at our adventure. “I’m going to glue them to your head,” was the response.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

7 thoughts on “iPhone survives 4-mile journey on truck’s tonneau cover”

  1. Yeah. Those kind of stories don’t impress the wives among us. But hey I’m with you! Now do you have the iPhone 4 or the lighter and thinner iPhone 5?

  2. Good question: the iPhone 4. Maybe we should run another test with both models and even some other brands. We could send the results to “Consumer Reports.”

  3. You didn’t happen to find a boogie boarding fin? I believe I left it on top of the car. I, too, pulled over to the side of the road. Didn’t find it.

    1. You didn’t hear this from me, but you might spot that boogie fin on one of the soapbox derby cars in this years race…just sayin.

  4. Reminds me of a former Deputy Police Chief in San Francisco years ago (long, long ago) was leaving Caesar’s Restaurant cornered at Bay and Stockton in the City. After a long lunch with a few of us he decided to get some take out so Mrs.____ would not need to cook. Great Guy! He gets a large amount of everything loaded in the white plastic containers. The car is brought around. He puts all the containers on the vehicle roof and bids goodbye to the group. Gets into the car speeds off leaving broken white plastic containers of excellent Italian fare all the way down Stockton Street. The kicker; he gets home and phone Caesar’s mad as hell claiming he was never given his take out.

  5. Tom,
    LOL. We remember Caesar’s Restaurant well. It was near our flat on Union and Montgomery streets in S.F. Will contact you soon for a reconnect at Trattoria Milano in GV (AKA, former Villa Venezia). Also looking forward to the KNCO/Kane’s penny pitch.

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