After waking up in a casino parking lot just past Grants in New Mexico, I had some coffee while watching the big rigs roll by. I thought it was going to be a pretty straightforward driving day, and I was excited to get on the road.



I headed to the McDonalds across the road so I could brush my teeth and use their wifi. I parked Bets on a small incline and got in the back to get my stuff. All the sudden I looked up and I realized Betsy was rolling back. The emergency brake wasn’t holding.

At this moment I had a fraction of a second to panic. I hopped out of the back of the truck, and the only thing I could think of doing was try to stop her by myself. That clearly wasn’t going to happen. I glanced behind me and I realized that she was heading towards the a curb that was separating the drive through lane from the rest of the parking lot. I thought I was in luck. I assumed Betsy’s tires would roll up to the curb and she would stop. To my surprise, however, she just kept rolling right on over that curb. She secretly wants to be a rock crawler, I think.

Thankfully the second curb stopped her, but now she was blocking the entire McDonalds drive through lane. I quickly got in the cab, fired her up, and went around the parking lot looking for flat ground to park her on so I could figure out what I needed to do.

After a good half hour of mentally preparing myself to drive again, checking all the fluids over and over again to reassure myself,  I hit the road towards Albuquerque, which was less than an hour away. The road treated Betsy just fine, and although it was slow going to keep my anxiety at bay, the driving was warm and pleasant.


My amazing friend Ian, who started this whole adventure with me in San Bernardino, put me in contact with the Enchanted Trails RV Park located on Route 66 just outside of Albuquerque. Vickie, the owner, was generous enough to put me up in one of their vintage trailers. I didn’t know how much I needed a safe place to stay after the day I had just had and I was beyond thankful for her generosity, and still am!

Spot the Betsy!

After the stress of that morning, getting into that sweet 70s Silver Streak trailer was absolutely magical, some may even say enchanting…

2 thoughts on “Rollin’”

    1. Hahaha! Yeah it was definitely an adventure! In Austin, my transmission got jammed in 3rd gear, so we push started it down a hill and rode it in 3rd all the way home, doin a bunch of right turns at like 30 mph in a big old truck. It was pretty nuts, pretty sure I should be dead on the side of the road somewhere!


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