Over the weekend we made a few trips to into town for food and supplies as well as preforming a service on the Dodge in the car park of the Walmart. Lucky we did because it needed a top up of pretty much everything. Brake fluid, power steering fluid, engine oil and coolant. Back at the cabin it was really nice to have our own space and kitchen rather than intruding on someone else’s place and it was all amazingly free! Mark and Michelle usually rent out the cabin for $172 (NZD) per night but as they didn’t haven’t any bookings they offered it to us fellow overlanders free of charge! We did feel a little bad about this though as we know the diesel in the heater wasn’t free nor was the water from the tank that was filled once by a water truck while we were there. I welled up at the DeCorso’s kindness when they flat refused our offer to pay for our stay.
On Sunday morning we organised the stuff we would need for the trail and I went to the laundromat down the road to do some washing. As I sat there waiting for the machine cycle I wrote some blog and contemplated the coming end of the trip. It had been a mammoth journey with many highs and lows and now here we were so close to the end, what would happen next? With the washing done and the Dodge spick and span Will went into town alone to do some jobs. This was always a bit worrying… I never knew what he might come back with. This time it was three McDonalds apple pies and a DVD about duck dog training. We spent our final evening at the cabin watching the dog training DVD or “dog TV” as we called it. Even Scout found the DVD quite captivating especially the trainer who kept exclaiming “atttta boy” or “good dawwg” in his heavy southern drawl.
On Monday the 7th of April we woke to a few inches of fresh snow and dark cold skies, in the warmth of the cabin it was easy to believe we would also be warm on the Stampede Trail so we stuffed our packs full of all the gear we would need including survival blankets, hand warmers, and plenty of trail snacks. We then made a final stop at Walmart before heading out in the late afternoon. The sky looked ominous and the forecast was for more snow the next day with clear weather following that; nothing we couldn’t handle.
The mirror fix worked a treat and with our packs still ready to go we set out the following day to begin the Stampede Trail second time round.
Rochelle & Will