"They're Country Folk Around Here"
Trip Start Jun 11, 2012
15Trip End Jun 29, 2012
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A little while after entering Colorado, while we were driving on local roads, mom started to get tired, so I took the wheel for her for a while. The views were MUCH, MUCH better than on the way to Utah - mountains and fields everywhere (no more salt flats, thank God!). Next thing I know, I hear a "ding" from the dash in the Jeep, and the tire pressure light comes on. I thought nothing of it, because it's happened a few times on the trip and nothing's gone wrong. A few minutes passed and, while mom is sleeping in the passenger seat, I began to hear a bumping noise from outside the car. Flat tire. Mom woke up promptly, and we pulled over in a grassy area (there were no shoulders and the ground was really hard) to begin changing the tire. Well, that area of the road didn't work because it was too uneven and the car wouldn't balance on the jack. So after having unloaded all of our stuff (as well as loosening the wheel), we had to move. Luckily, there was a really kind local man there who helped us find a spot out of the way, and then had better equipment to change a tire. He said he worked on a gas field, and obviously had a work truck, and he was incredibly helpful. Mom used the booster on his cell phone (because, of course, ours didn't have service) to call the rental company and figure out what we were going to do. Now, after about an hour and a half of driving 45 miles an hour on roads with speed limits of 65, we're in a small town called Rifle, Colorado, a few hours out of Denver. Tomorrow, we get to figure out what's going to happen with the car, and though it has mom stressed out, something tells be it'll all work out. This is why we got a rental, after all. For now, though, it's going to be a long night.