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Apr. 13th, 2011 09:23 pm
[personal profile] calvinl


This post is dedicated to the Brazilian couple who picked us up in the middle of nowhere on Highway 1 after I blew out my front tire while running over a rock, and had absolutely no service on my cell phone.

People probably have seen the photos I put on my facebook, but the part of the weekend that was not photo-documented was interesting as well. Davina and I left Hearst Castle looking for a restaurant to eat at dinner, and we were driving an incredibly dangerous area of the highway that twisted and turned along a rock slide area, with the other side being the ocean. As majestic as that may sound, it also resulted in no cell phone signals being available.

Luckily this Brazilian couple stopped and picked us up to take us to the nearest town. It was the incredibly tiny "town" known as Gorda, which consisted of a lodge which no one stayed at, a general store that wasn't open, and a gas station. The phone call to AAA itself was an adventure, since they couldn't figure out where Gorda was on the map, and I kept getting passed back and forth between Northern California AAA and Southern California AAA.

While on the phone I did talk to a guy named Will, who is a 73 year old biker who biked all the way from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to California. He needed to use the phone to tell one of his colleagues that he didn't need a ride to Monterey since it was only 60 miles away and he could bike it. Now that's hardcore.

I offered to buy the Brazilian couple dinner for the inconvenience we caused them, but there were no restaurants around. So then I tried to give them some money, but they didn't want to take it. They were incredibly nice and owe them a debt of gratitude.

It was cold outside, at least for California. It was around the mid 30 degrees Fahrenheit, and all I had on was my track jacket. Davina and I scurried periodically between the laundry room that happened to be unlocked and the pay phone, to make sure we didn't miss the tow truck guy. While we waited, about 5 raccoons were walking around and made me somewhat nervous. When the tow truck guy arrived, he also made me nervous because he had this odd aura about him, almost like a stereotypical serial killer from a horror movie.

Luckily he ended up being a pretty cool guy, although he told us there's nothing open to eat in the area. No Denny's, truck stop or fast food restaurants, nothing. This pretty much bummed us out because we didn't eat dinner. We drove 30 miles south to San Simeon to have a bowl of cheerios and sleep at the Quality Inn.

The next morning we had to drive about 45 miles south to get my tire fixed in the town of San Luis Obispo. Then we drove up to San Jose. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the missing written piece of the puzzle about what happened between Hearst Castle and San Jose.

Date: 2011-04-14 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katryna7.livejournal.com
Wow, the extra details makes this sound even crazier than what you had originally told us. A town AAA had not heard of, a pack of raccoons, having to backtrack so much, etc. It's a good thing that tiny town at least had a payphone you could use!

Date: 2011-04-15 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thenextlife.livejournal.com
Yeah, that was lucky indeed! I hadn't used a pay phone in years, but luckily AAA is a toll free number. The other part of the story was that there was two pay phones, and the other pay phone was being used by some Mexican guy. He was just chatting to either his girlfriend or someone from his family, having a casual conversation while the old guy waited.

Date: 2011-04-15 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilswtpea.livejournal.com
Yeah, that does sound crazier! You also didn't mention the serial killer looking tow truck guy! Freaky!

And what's with the Northern and Southern CA AAA? Why do we have two? And neither claimed Gorda! That's just sad.

Date: 2011-04-19 05:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thenextlife.livejournal.com
I guess I'm a better writer than talker ;-)

I'm not sure why there's two AAA, but I guess California is so big that they needed two regions. But with the age of the internet, it doesn't make as much sense. Anyone from anywhere can easily call a tow truck to send to an appropriate place :-|

Date: 2011-04-15 02:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] killjoy6.livejournal.com
honestly though, I wasn't really scared or nervous because you were there to protect me =)

I wouldn't change it for the world. I love you!

Date: 2011-04-19 05:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thenextlife.livejournal.com
I wasn't scared about the situation, just having a bunch of raccoons swarming around us made me feel nervous :-P

I love you too!

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