Green River, UT to Green River, UT (by way of Helper, UT) – 144.8 miles
Last night we were able to find a shop about an hour away that could get a fuel pump in hand first thing this morning. I was pretty stoked that we’d only be stalled one day and made a point to be up early. I still had a mean headache from yesterday’s stellar journey and wasn’t thinking straight, but locked the hotel room, grabbed a key, and walked to the coffee shop for some liquid medicine.
The coffee was great as was their rendition of green eggs and ham. While we were eating, the shop called and said my parts had arrived. I quickly finished my food and walked back to the hotel where I reached in my pocket for the key, but pulled out the one for my motorcycle instead.
I went across the parking lot to the office for a spare and found it locked with the shades drawn. I then looked for one of the housekeepers. Despite evidence they had started the day’s job, they were nowhere to be found. We waited over an hour for someone, anyone to show up. It never happened. Finally, a lady living in the hotel told us the owner doesn’t return until 3 pm, she didn’t have a phone number for him, and had no idea where the housekeepers were. Must be on break until 2:45.
We checked the door for the hundredth time and tried to pry the windows open, but the place was tighter than a facelift. Feeling defeated without a halligan or axe laying around, we sat down to wait until the owner returned. I then remembered there was a bathroom window we hadn’t yet checked. We hopped a fence, climbed a chair, pulled out the screen, and by a miracle opened the window. Naomi hoisted herself up the eight feet, contorted her body, and slithered through the 10×20″ window without giving herself a swirly in the toilet on the way down.
A couple hours later I had parts in hand and made the delivery to my A1 mechanic. Naomi already had my bike torn down with the gas tank off. She went to work and in no time had it all put back together. A short test ride proved the quality of her work and we ended the day with dinner at the best restaurant in town.
Today’s lesson: Persistence is key.