Just wanted to echo everyone's comments about the confab. Real big thanks to Rick and Shelli for all the work they put into hosting this event, and opening up their home to everyone and making it a huge success. Great to see the kids taking part too.
Really enjoyed seeing familiar faces, and meeting new people that I only knew of through the forum.
The weather was ideal, food was great and all the "brag racing" made it a perfect weekend.
Made the 800 mile round trip listening to Detroit music. Kinda forgot how hilly NY state is, sometimes had to drop a gear or two and just let 'er howl. People following might not have been too happy - " don't worry it's not on fire!"
Matt (my 37 year old son) and I got arrived yesterday. We want to echo all the comments about Rick, Shelli and family's hospitality. It was wonderful to meet folks that "names on the internet".
We got to visit family and friends along the way. Even saw Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and take the DUKW (WW II amphibious vehicle) tour of Philly. We drove across Texas the long way (I-20 & I-10) - Probably will NEVER do that again...
We drove 6,000 miles plus, most of it within 4 MPH of the posted speed limit. We averaged over 25 MPG on the AZ, NM, CO, NE, IA leg. Most of this was driven with 75 MPH speed limits. Then stopped keeping records - this was a vacation after all. I "suspect" that the fuel economy was better back east - lower speed limits (50 MPH thru rural VT) - lower altitude - flatter hills.
This was the first confab that I attended and I must say that it was a fantastic show and a great time! Lots of great people and interesting trucks to talk about and look at! Thanks again to Rick & Shelli for making the show possible!!!
I was pretty busy talking and not focused enough on taking pictures, so I only have about half of the rigs photographed, some new and some old school;
Chris and Russ, great job with the pictures. And a belated thanks to Rick and Shelli for hosting the event. The old Dodge knocked down 23.3 MPG (hand calculated) for the trip, with an average speed of 59.5 MPH. Imagine what it could do if I switched the 3.73 gears to the 3.42's that the new trucks use.