We drove to Clearwater on the May long weekend, eager to experience Wells Gray Park and enjoy some R&R.
That plan changed abruptly when, two km before we got to our motel, the car broke down.
We were towed to Aspen Service Centre at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The fuel pump had gone, we were told. And the part was not in stock.
“I’ll be in Kamloops tomorrow. I could see if I could find it for you,” the mechanic said. But the shop would be closed Sunday and Monday. How would we get back to Kamloops by Monday night?
The mechanic called us Sunday. He’d found the part. He couldn’t guarantee it, but he might be able to help us in time; otherwise, Tuesday was the best we could hope for.
Without wheels, we hoped, walked and taxied all weekend, and envisioned having to hitch a ride home.
On Monday at 7:30 a.m., the phone rang. The mechanic had risen early and replaced the fuel pump; the car was ready to go. We got to see Spahats Falls and still get home on time.
Huge thanks to Sean Dawson of Aspen for going above and beyond the call of duty on his days off.
Thanks also to Flo at Mystic Dreams for shelter during the rain, and to the woman at the gas station for giving us plastic bags that doubled as raingear.
We’ll be back.