Back on the Horse

I took the van into Becker Buick/GMC this morning for a regular service check.


These guys were recommended by a few different people and were organized and friendly when I dropped of the van. A very different story from the New Orleans dealerships I’ve worked with.

Getting the Ironhorse tuned up:



Back on the Road

So. The bumper and the wench are officially part of Team Gleason. We have become at least 30% more redneck.

After hanging out at Sportsmobile since we woke up in their driveway early this morning (and peeing on the driveway without realizing there were 24hr surveillance cameras..) – we are back on the road.

We ate chilled leftovers from a delicious Mexican meal at papacitos last night in Houston. The fridge seems to be working quite nicely. And we shared a compostable spoon, which also did the trick just fine.
I also munched on a couple of travel sized Twix bars and kit kats.

We are now headed to a campsite in Carlsbad, NM. The weather is quite nice.



New Bumper & Winch

We are in Austin this morning getting a custom bumper installed. The bumper has a winch on it, which was our primary goal.

During install:


We got in late last night to Sportsmobile Austin. We wanted to stop by Colonel Quinn’s house north of Austin but ended up getting in too late.

We plugged in at Sportsmobile instead:


I can say that Kevin, Paul and Susan have been very helpful during the whole research/buying/upgrade process.

Nice place:


The Pack List

Below is the pack list we have built. We definitely won’t be taking everything on the list. We’re trying to be thorough. Henry David Thorough.
I posted it as “large” to be sure you can read it.


I guess we need to laminate that sucker. It’s already nearly destroyed.

Prestige Audio

I had the van taken to Prestige by recomendation from Brian Young. Just picked it up.
Prestige put a screen in the dash where I have XM radio and can run music (iPod, pandora, rhapsody) via bluetooth and video from my phone or iPad via AV hardline.
Also, using bluetooth we can make calls hands free.


So far the van has been all that I expected and more. I am excited to get rolling.

Still need to have it licensed…