August 13: Check, please.


411 miles (120 of them on a flatbed)

Got up at 5:30am (4:30PST). Spent 5 hours at a great Saab repair shop in Salt Lake City. Tow driver bent my hitch, and missed my exit.

This trip has long ceased to be a vacation. It’s about survival. Getting me, and the car, home with the least damage. In that order.

What’s that smell? Is that a gust of wind, or has the car stalled? If I break down here, where’s the nearest decent repair shop? I have one more AAA tow left.


Drove 100 miles before breakfast in Laramie, WY. Fill-up with gas. Engine compartment has more oil splatter, flung from the serpentine belt. Doesn’t smoke yet – looking on the bright side. 🙂

Will drive today until I (or the car) pass out. Every minute at the Chuck Wagon restaurant is another minute on the road later.

Check, please.


One thought on “August 13: Check, please.

  1. Dear Dan,

    Have you given my regards to the best looking cowboy at the Chuck Wagon?

    My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your poor car as you travel eastward. My mechanic friend lives in Fruita, Colorado. 😦


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