Oh how we laughed on this one.
We were on our way from Vegas to LA and our minivan was having big problems going up the huge incline to the top of the pass. First I noticed the temperature gauge was showing a little hot, then the engine started rough running, then the temperature gauge swung to max and a few warning lights came on.
We pulled over to read the rental car manual to see what the lights on the dash meant. It looked like an electrical problem and said we would be ok to continue but that performance of the vehicle might be downgraded.
Off we set, but the car was being really slow and started marking a clanking sound. After a very short time the engine cut out totally and we had to stop at the side of the road and call Dollar for assistance. They said they would send a tow truck and replacement van out from Vegas but that it would be a 2 hour wait.
Hmmm… 2 hours in the desert at 113 degrees with no air-con. This is going to be fun. At least there is a nice breeze to make things seem not quite as hot as they were and we’d had the sense to bring tons of cold drinks for the journey.
Out of boredom I turned on my GPSr and could not believe it when I saw a cache 0.4 miles away. I did a double take when I saw the name of the cache – how very appropriate (the cache was called “Blown Engine Cache”).
Off I set along the side of the road, up off the Freeway and along to the cache. I spotted the potential hide as I walked up and sure enough there the lovely big ammo box was.
As I was putting the cache back, my Oregon 550t swung unexpectedly on it’s lanyard and made contact with one of the cache hiding rocks. I heard the horrible crack sound and knew the screen had gone. Sure enough it had. Luckily I know Garmin are really good at replacing them, but it will cost me about $120 for the privilege.
Could the day get any worse – stranded in the desert and a broken GPS. At least we found the cache though.
Just short of two hours after we stopped, a tow truck arrived with a replacement van and we were soon back on our way.
Stranded in the Mojave Desert and a broken GPSr
August 30, 2009 by thebolasheathens
I was not going to blog on holiday but just had to post the following story that happened to us yesterday (taken from our log on GCH97A):