Part 3: A Super American Adventure
Road trips are more American than apple pie and Baywatch combined. Whether it's a quick spin down a winding country road or a full-blown cross-country expedition, the magic that makes this country so unique is right beneath your feet. Though we have to admit: Driving your rig cross-country used to be a scary notion. What happens when you break a ring gear? Where will you find a set of 38-inch tires when the trail devours your sidewalls? How are you going to keep your composure when your rig gets towed into Billy Bob's Wrench & Tackle for a front locker repair and he instead replaces the hubs!?
Luckily, support for the 4x industry continues to grow. With more 4Wheel Parts service centers (www.4wheelparts.com) popping up across the nation, you no longer have to worry about where to take your disabled rig when you're far from home.
It was with this peace of mind that I decided to take my recently assembled Project Super Cross (July and Aug. '08) and head out on a 3,000-mile road trip that would take me from my hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina, back to the crazy hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. So with the F-250 fresh out of the shop and little to no time in the form of a shakedown run, my father and I began what we call the Super American Adventure. This is a trip that every red-blooded American should experience at least once in a lifetime, just to see what this beautiful nation has to offer.
While most families spent their New Year's holiday partying and making resolutions, we packed our things and headed west. We said goodbye to the cool Atlantic shores with the hopes of reaching the Pacific coastal Pismo Beach sand dunes in approximately one week. From Graceland to the Grand Canyon, with a few crazy stops in between, this road trip was riddled with knobby tires, snow-covered mountains, and an epic good time. Be sure to check out Part 4 in next month's issue as we get our heavy rig snowbound, sandblasted, and mixed up in a little old-fashioned fun in the mud.
Want to know how this landing turned out? Be sure to check out next month's issue when we stick (literally) our F-250 in the New Mexico snow, blast up some mammoth sand dunes, and hit some of this nation's legendary tourist spots, because it's not a cross-country trip without a little American terra gawking along the way.