Part 4: Super American Adventure (The Finale)
Are we there yet? Are we there yet? OK, we're almost there! For those of you just tuning in, please allow me to catch you up on Project Super Cross and its cross-country journey dubbed the Super American Adventure. Starting off with one of the most common workhorse platforms available, we transformed an '00 Ford F-250 (July, Aug. '08) into a rugged do-it-all wheeler in just a few weeks. One truck where we could toss in everything but the kitchen sink and head out to whatever far-off destination we desired with little to no worry.
Last month we left things hanging in the air (literally) as we stopped off in Oklahoma for some good ol' fashioned fun in the mud with legendary MX rider Guy Cooper, where we climbed, jumped, and spun knobby tires all day long. Keeping a tight schedule, we set our sights towards the west as snow wheeling, canyon gawking, and sand blasting were just a few of the stops we planned on making in our attempt to catch some of this nation's must-see tourist attractions and fun wheeling spots.
Using 4Wheel Parts (www.4wheelparts.com) as our nationwide pit crew, we didn't worry too much about what-ifs when it came to 4x4-exclusive parts. We knew that if we popped a bead, burnt out the winch, or blew an axleshaft that there was usually a 4WP service center within a reasonable driving (or limping) distance. So with the warm Atlantic shores of my hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina, long behind us, we pushed on to the Pacific sand dunes of Pismo Beach, making it a true coast-to-coast adventure.
With a little more than a week and admittedly a few dollars spent on fuel, this was one trip we think everyone should experience. All the pictures in the world can't compare to being face to face with the epic outdoors and experiencing some of this nation's natural and completely unnatural wonders. Well, it's time for this old diesel to cool down and park for a little while, but be sure to check out more pictures from our trip on the Web at www.4wheeloffroad.com.
1. Using legendary MX rider Guy "Airtime" Cooper's 150 acres to the fullest, we took a couple of laps around one of his many tracks where we proceeded to launch this fairly stock Polaris RZR over a 40-foot table top. Yes, we should have had helmets!