All - I am getting ready to obtain my PPL and would like to purchase my first plane OR potentially partner in the Austin area. My mission would be a long XC 1-2 times a month ~250nm (some longer) and of course local fun. Useful load wise, I'd be looking at mostly 2 adults with the occasional extra pax or two. Also I am an avid skier and snowboard and would love to be able to carry gear out to NM and S. Colorado. Being able to land at some cool airstrips would be fun too Price range is under $75k. All that being said.. I think I've narrowed down my decision to either a 182 (non-RG) or a Bellanca Super Viking. The 182 would be the easy decision and handle my mission. The Super Viking is so intriguing to me though as well. Fast, excellent useful load, many come pre-packaged with a ski tube. Also I've always been the type to go the more unique/road less traveled route I've flown in a Mooney M20k on a long XC but I'm 6'2" and felt a bit crammed up front next to an average size pilot. My wife is tiny so maybe that wouldn't be an issue for the majority of the flying I'd be doing. Any advice out there from the aviation world before I make the big decision?