It was like a movie. The sun was mid-sky, tumbleweeds were rolling, and when you looked to the horizon, you saw the heat coming up from the road. Then — pop and hiss as steam came up from the hood of my beat-up Chevy van. We were driving through Death Valley and had just passed a sign that read “Turn off Air Conditioning to Avoid Overheating.” When I opened the hood, I saw a small tear in the radiator hose. We tried tying a shirt on it, electrical tape and nothing worked. It was a long time in that 106 degree heat before the tow truck came from the only station in the valley. A little motorcycle maintenance and repair kit would have gone a long way at that point.
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