For the route west, we steered free of pouring rain from Georgia on I-20, cutting across northern Alabama and Mississippi on what will one day be Interstate 22. As of today, I-22 is U.S. 78, almost nearly complete but missing two key interchanges with I-65 outside of Birmingham and I-269 outside of Memphis. And until it gets them, it won't officially be an interstate, though that's scheduled to happen sometime in 2014.
From the highway, we broke off on to prettier byroads for a couple of missions. The first of which we'll bring you later this week: truck tent camping, in which we found ourselves vaulted from a "seven-star" hotel in Beijing to sleeping under the stars at Mississippi's Lake Sardis within a span of about 72 hours, not counting the time it took to put up the tent. More on that shortly.
The second mission: acquire some much-needed photos and video of our 30 Day Ram, which we haven't formally introduced in that way just yet. Luckily, if you tack across the Mississippi delta early on a Sunday morning, you'll have the place to yourself. Well, you and the mosquitoes. Take a note of the equipment in the Ram that we've used most often, especially the storage built into the front-middle bench seat, the over-the-road wireless Internet, the bedliner, and maybe most of all, the 155-volt outlet on the dash.
This week we'll show you how to camp in the Ram 1500 with a truck tent, bring you up to date on the Ram 1500's gas mileage so far, and configure a couple more ultimate Rams before we head into the woods again. Stay tuned.
Our 2013 Ram 1500 SLT Crew Cab 4X4 has a busy schedule this month as we put it through towing, hauling, off-roading, and accessorizing, from Georgia to Arkansas and back. Stay tuned for more--follow our Ram 1500 run here, and as always, follow The Car Connection on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.