Ramblers care package

By: bienesrobados

May 20 2011

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Thirty five miles from Austin our van began exhibiting signs of mortality.  Like a tired and stubborn old nag it began stalling every 10 minutes.  We would pull to the side of the road and let it cool down for several minutes and it would eventually restart only to sputter and cough to a halt after a few more miles.

Slowly we made our way into the city and we spent nearly two weeks taking it to different mechanics all of whom were sure they knew what the problem was but, inevitably, after we picked the car up it would continue to stall.  We pondered our options which thanks to the inescapable arithmetic of our dwindling bank balance were few. Our decision: sell the beast, buy plane tickets & cut the cord.

We took it for one last ride, rolling out of Austin to a small town where we parked next to City Hall and slept in the back.  The next morning we woke early and headed back.  At a roadside rest stop we left a care package for the next drifter: a couple of cheap dress shoes, toilet paper, a cutting board, a kitchen knife, a can of coffee, an Italian moka pot, dish soap & a sponge, an empty tuperware, a bottle of camp fuel, a Traveling Wilburies cassette, and a copy of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.  The rest of our belongings we crammed into our backpacks.

Back in the city we got down to the business of selling.  After a day of sweat and haggling we were free of it and I had a thick wad of cash in my pocket as we shouldered our packs.

A day later we boarded a plane for San Francisco & and Texas dwindled away as the plane began it’s swift ascent into the clouds.

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