Well, as we pull to the shoulder, to let the line of vehicles pass, suddenly the engine dies, our rig clearly mad at us for working her like a dog. Then we begin to roll backwards. Jer quickly tossed her into park and yanked the parking break and we all sat for a second. He then turned the key but alas, nothing happened. Battery’s dead. We are now stranded, helpless parked on a steep incline with nothing but our emergency break keeping us (and all of our belongings) from rolling down the mountainside, and essentially off the cliff.
(Now, I should mention that this battery issue is nothing new, for the past few days we have required a boost to get the engine firing, but today, parked vulnerably on a steep incline, on a mountainside road in jasper- the location was less than ideal.)
We hooked up the booster cables and Jer waved them at passers by. In no time we had a friendly man to our rescue. Rightfully so I suppose, he was slightly intimidated by the group of us, and justifiably asked if we would step away while he started his car (as if we were going to jump him). However, he did give us the juice we needed and wouldn’t even accept any cash as a thank you.
Jer here now. The morning after this escapade, we woke up at our camp site (this time our refuge was a rest stop off the Trans Can) and it was time for another adventure. How about no brakes? We were in the middle of no where, in the mountains no less, with barely any brakes and no sign of a gas station for some more fluid. Thank goodness I have years of experience with my Jetta (R.I.P) and leaky brake lines. Don't worry mothers, we ended up finding some brake fluid tucked away after about an hour of driving.
We’re now back on the road, with yet another interesting experience behind us.
Canada is beautiful.
Naming this post reminded us of several other names we have heard people say when asking about our trip:
• The Magic Tour Bus Across Canada Trip
• The Great Canadian Odyssey Trip
• The Hippy Wagon Boys Trip
• The You Won't Make It Past Grimsby Trip
• The Travelling Nice Guys Trip
• The Five Intrepid Adventurers Trip
• Sammy and the Shifty Boys
• and many many more that just will not come to my noggin at the moment.Anyways, we remain thankful that we are safe. We are also starting to think that we are invincible. Probably not a good thing.