The road less travelled

The road less travelled

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Stranded!

Our little adventure started the previous week. We went to Bozeman Montana to fill a prescription of mine. (No, it was not Viagra.) Montana only recognizes a prescription for 1 year, Minnesota writes them for two. So under Montana law they could not re-fill them. That is why we went to Cody Wyoming then the next weekend, because Wyoming does recognize a two year prescription.

So we planned our day. Got up early and started the two and a half hour drive to Cody. Picked up my prescriptions which only cost 2 dollars and then went to the Buffalo Bill Museum of the West. That place was huge and has the largest gun collection in the states. It was awesome. There are 5 separate wings and we only got through 4 when we said that we had had enough. So back to Wally World to stock up on our groceries. With that done we left Cody, missed our turn for the Chief Joseph Highway. We went about 25 miles and turned around and we where heading back to Cody when Lil' Blue pooped her pants and died.

It turned out to be a blessing that we went on the wrong road, because if we would have been on the Chief Joseph Highway, we would of had zero cell service. So we called our road side service, gave them our info. The lady on the phone didn't quite understand where we were. At least the tow truck driver called us after going to where the road side service lady told him we where and he eventually found us. It took about 45 minutes which wasn't too bad. So we took the ride of shame back to Cody. Lisa called all the rental car companies in town and there where no cars available till the next day. I guess we are staying the night.

When we started this job, we were not given any contact information. Not even the stores phone number. We tried calling the ranger stations, but they did not have the numbers. Luckily Lisa had her tablet with and going through some old e-mails found a number for the HR dept. She called and left a message and they called back a little while later. We told them our situation and they would try to get a hold of our boss or the store. That was all we could do. CYA. Next problem, lodging.

The driver drops the Jeep off at their shop and offers to drive us to the other end of town to find a motel room. First stop was the Super 8. Not fancy but it will do for the night. No rooms. Really? It's Monday for gosh sakes. The next one in line was called "A Wyoming Inn". A little mom and pop type of motel that you would think would cost about $50.00 a night. They have one or two rooms left so we grab one at the low, low cost of 180 fricking dollars. Seriously. What else could we do, being stranded and what not. At least the rooms where clean.

So we stuff our groceries that we got out of the Jeep, the ones that needed refrigeration into the little fridge in the room and take the mile walk back to Wally World to buy pajamas for Lisa, toothpaste, tooth brushes, phone chargers and underpants. Basically stuff we already own. And of course alcohol. We called Kendra and asked if she would check on the cats and  thankfully she said she would. Good thing because when she got there, they where out of food. Poor critters.

Next morning we have to be out of our room by 10. They told us the Jeep would maybe be ready by 5. Kendra said she could pick us up around 7 if the Jeep wasn't ready. So what are we supposed to do in the mean time. I said that we should bring our big bag of groceries and our new bag of stuff we bought last night and put it in the Jeep until Kendra can get us. So we start the 4 mile hike across town, lugging our possessions with us like street people. As luck would have it, we where about a half mile from the garage and they called and said that the Jeep was fixed. YAY! So we payed, threw everything in the Jeep and end of story.

Not quite. Two and a half hour drive back home. We got home about 3:30. Our shift would have been 7:30 to 5:30. What's the point of going in now for 2 hours. But our boss saw our Jeep out front and sends one of the managers over and asks us to work. So we go in at 4:30 after grabbing something to eat and end up working until 9:30. We were pretty exhausted.

Somethings just make you wonder. Now end of story.

8 comments:

  1. Sorry for your troubles, but at least there were a few "bright sides" that you were able to recognize. Hope Lil Blue stays healthy!

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  2. Lil'Blue is doing her part to help make memories!

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  3. Sounds like quite the adventure! Maybe your boss saw you were home and figured you needed to make some money to cover the jeep repairs.

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    1. Everybody should go through that once in awhile. Keeps us humble. You never know what's going to happen out on the road.

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  4. Oh what fun :( Geez your boss couldn't cut you a break? Time to drive Lil blue off a cliff!

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    1. I know, really? If we were still in Moab we could have Thelma and Louised it. Dead Horse Point is where they filmed the final scene.

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