Here's the view from the Clinton Library, can you spot the Silverback?
The Market in Downtown Little Rock.
We finally packed up and got on the road. 12 hours later we arrive at our home in Austin. We drove roughly 1200 miles, which is by far the longest road trip I have ever been on.
This was an awesome trip in which many memories were made, and I would like to thank everyone that helped me put this together. Now, on to a few interesting observations.
1. Just when you think there are a ton of Airstreams on the road, you only see one. We met a nice couple at Crater of Diamonds with a 31' classic. They said we were the youngest Airstreamers they've ever met! That may be true, but they were young at heart and very nice to talk with.
2. The Suburban 2500 as a tow vehicle is not near as adept as my F250. It is a way better family vehicle and has plenty of power with the 8.1 Liter engine, but something was lacking. Even with a WD system it never felt like it was in full control. Maybe I need to do some tweaking on the equalizer. I've never felt any sway with it attached to the bumper of my F250, but I suppose they are just different beasts. That being said, I love my Suburban. Ever since I got rid of my Excursion I've been pining for another big SUV.
3. I learned that when you have your family in your hands, you just need to take care of business. For instance, I have always been a little leary of the tires on Silverback and thought I'd just get by. Well, when you pack the family in the wagon, you better figure on more than just gettin' by. When the tire blew I didn't feel a thing. The Suburban didn't even move; however, it could have been disasterous. When I compared a new tire to the old tires, there was no comparison. The old Marathons were craked and dry, but not overly worn. So, I just decided to put on 4 new ones. It always pays to pay attention to everything.
4. It is a good idea to name your vehicles. It's a great family experience. Even though my 1 year old can't speak, I'm sure he had fun. My daughter named my car "Razorback," as we were in Razorback country. I like it, but I'm an Aggie and don't know if I can handle it. Then, we somehow got the idea of calling the Safari "Silverback." Get it, we're on a Safari.....you get the picture.
5. Taking the back roads takes longer sometimes, but there is a lot to had back there.
6. I have solid oak floors that need to be refinished in a bad way.
Hope ya'll enjoy and have fun gettin' out there.