Archive for May, 2012

Adventures of a MadBomber – out of Gas!

May 16, 2012
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Comfortable Dodge!

After leaving the Transient Hostel in Fort Nelson we are find ourselves on a road  covered in a thin layer of snow and ice.  Andrew gingerly drives the car into the misty morning, it is 10am, shortly after dawn! Gassed up and with Bombers secured we head for Watson Lake, 350 miles North. The fuel gauge has stopped working, but the WD40 has settled down the speedo. More rags are stuffed into the dash to stop drafts. Our Mad Bomber gloves are too hot in the car, so we wear socks on our hands. 

Andrew stops the car again on numerous occasions, allowing precious warm air to leave the car. He is listening to another annoying sound now and is eventually convinced the wheel bearings are dry but is satisfied no wheel will come off – today. Sigh… We stop for lunch and Andrew finds some grease at a gas station to stuff into the bearings and we add $10 of really expensive gas to be polite, and to be safe. He is happy again. From our calculations we cannot make Watson Lake with our fuel, but expect to stop at the first reasonably priced service station. Alas, we see no more gas-stations after lunch. The closed ones we pass have seriously high prices! We eventually slow down to 45 mph hoping to extend our range. It gets dark at 4pm and we fear getting stranded in bear territory. Still no gas stations and the fuel gauge still broken, we have no idea how far we can go, but estimate Watson Lake to be very optimistic.

The car rans out of gas just as the road descends into Watson Lake. It is pitch dark and 8pm. The town is deserted as we coast in quietly and pull into a car park in front of a shop without even needing to push the car. It just rolled into town, a miracle! We thank our lucky stars as we plug the car into the extension lead hanging out the shop window right there as well. We nibble at our supplies and get out the sleeping bags. Within an hour Andrew is sprawled out asleep on the front bench and I crash on the back seat.