A 7634 mile journey through the western United States, with one minor hiccup
Earlier this year I was on a Northern Arizona road trip with fellow travel blogger Archana Singh of Travel See Write. We were setting up camp in a remote area not far from Lake Powell. Off in the distance we happened to see two people walking in our direction. Given the remoteness of the area, it seemed to be an odd sight. As this couple got closer, they attempted to say something, but the high winds that were plaguing our attempts to set up a tent, also prevented the sound of their voices from reaching us. When we could finally hear them, we discovered that their vehicle had become stuck in the sand and were in need of assistance. They happened to see us drive by and noticed the 4×4 truck, hence the reason they walked the long distance through the sandy terrain to ask for help.
I told the couple (Will and Cat) that I just needed to secure our tent and I would drive right over. Moments later I was in the truck and at the spot in which their camper van had become immobilize. While I was retrieving and attaching a tow strap to the two vehicles, I asked Will and Cat where they were from as I had noticed an accent.
“We’re from London on an epic road trip around western America,” Will said.
I too have road tripped all over the western part of the U.S., so I asked about some of the spots they had visited thus far.
We chatted for a spell as I had been to nearly every place Will and Cat had just been. I had a smile on my face thinking of all the cool places this couple had just visited. I was also impressed by their adventurous spirit and was glad to have made their acquaintance. After I had their vehicle free from the sand, I told them the only thanks required was to follow me on social media, everywhere at @MikesRoadTrip.
I heard from Will a few months later and he share with me the rest of he and Cat’s road trip around the west.
During their epic road trip adventure, Will and Cat documented everything in video and produced this wonderful short film. Have a look:
Have you ever been on a road trip around the western part of the U.S.? What was your favorite sight/part/experience? Please share by leaving a comment below. If you’d like to see more of Will’s work, you can visit: www.movingglass.co.uk.
Wow, what a story. You might have saved them from a tragic situation. I’ve read a lot of horror stories about vehicles breaking down in the desert.
Hey Scott…how ya doing? I’m sure someone would have come by, and thankfully for Will and Cat, it wasn’t a very hot time of year. Always scary getting stuck though. I wrote a post and a video last year about getting stranded by a flash flood by myself. https://mikesroadtrip.com/how-i-survived-being-stranded-by-a-flash-flood-while-camping. Thanks for stopping by. Hope all is well. Cheers, Mike
My favorite experience in this part of the world was going to the grand canyon just before Thanksgiving a few years ago. My husband and I lucked out. First, we saw very few people at this off time. Second, we didn’t like our first lodging and were able to snag a room at the El Tovar lodge, located right on the South Rim. Finally, we took a last minute donkey ride down the canyon, which was a lot of fun. We discovered rocky, desert scenery and that donkeys are smart, wily animals. Plus, the snow came on the day we were leaving!
Wow, very cool experience! Thank you for sharing your story!
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