After the usual struggle with packing the tent I drive to the nearby town to go online for a moment and post my blog. The sunrise over the nearby lake is beautiful and I text with a friend back home for a while. When he sends me photo of the cloudy weather in the Netherlands I instantly realize how I’m not missing that at all.
Last night I was thinking that I wouldn’t go hiking again today, but after a good night’s rest I have new energy and feel like going for another hike. I just don’t want to leave Yosemite National Park without having seen Sequoia Trees.
This morning I understand better again why I love road trips. The drive to Yosemite National Park is very pretty, especially because there is more and more snow alongside the road the further I drive. The roads are windy and the view of the mountains in the distance is amazing. Just before I enter the park I see a boy hitchhiking along the road. I think for a moment and decide to give him a ride, because I also used to hitchhike when I was younger.
When the garage man arrives this morning he looks at my tire and says “This is not good”. Yeah, like that wasn’t obvious yet. But it isn’t good at all. He can’t fix the tire, so I have to get a new one. The nearest tire shop is about 45 minutes away, so what we’ll do is fill my broken tire with air and see how far I can go. Fortunately I find a mobile pump in the back of my car, so I can pump it up again on the way if I need to. I call the tire shop and they tell me they can have the right tire for me around noon. Then I can call the rental company and they have good news: they cover the costs of a new tire. That is the reason why I almost always rent with Hertz. Their service is great and I’m glad that also this time they’re here for me.
Since I still have a couple of hours to wait I drive to a restaurant next to a river and sit down to have a coffee, check my email and update my blog. Even though yesterday was beautiful, I’m a little less excited now about the pictures of Sequoia National Park. I think it’ll all come back when I got my car fixed and ready to continue on the road trip again.