Later that day we planned to meet up with Neil and Julie aka the Overland Birds who we had last seen in Bolivia. Having driven through Africa they too are driving the Pan-am but they don’t like the cold so went home to England not long after we saw them for Christmas. Will and I were planing to go to a ski movie on the same night as meeting Neil and Julie so we tried to do both but the Ski movie wasn’t the Birds thing and we left feeling bad for dragging them all the way to it. Will and I had words at each other for wasting our time with the Birds but we ended up going to a bar and then heading to our favourite parking lot for the night.
The next morning we had plenty of people stopping by our two foreign vehicles and asking us about our trips, one couple with two big Golden Retrievers took a special shining to us and invited us to go to their house for a coffee. Neil and Julie had a date with MacDonalds so after a final goodbye we drove two minutes down the road to Bob and Jeans, the owners of the two Golden Retrievers. It turned out that Bob and Jean own a kitted out Sprinter van that they take on road tips all over the States so they knew exactly what we needed and immediately said that we could use the shower and washing machine and we had only just walked in the door of their house! Jean then made us breakfast and we spent the day looking over maps with Bob who gave us lots of travel tips for the area. As the day progressed Bob and Jean asked us to stay for dinner as Jeans Cousins Bill and Tom were coming over. They also said "sorry the bedrooms are full but you can park your car in the heated garage if you like”. “Perfect” we replied. When talking to Bob we also mentioned that we are looking for a skibox for the roof and that must have got Bob thinking because next minute he offers us the Thule skibox he has in the garage saying that he has another one and has been wanting to get rid of this one so we can HAVE it for free! Absolutely stoked and blown away with their generosity we said yes please and Will began rearranging the roof to make it fit. The guys had it fitted just in time for dinner which was lovely. As the snow once again came down we had a really fun night getting to know Jean's cousins as well as Bob and Jean. Jeans cousin Bill even mentioned that we should come and stay at his place in San Francisco when we made it there, Apparently he has spent the last 25 years building a unique mansion with his wife. Despite our short stay we felt really close to Bob and Jean and hoped to stay in contact as they would be heading to Moab in their van only weeks before we did.
Rochelle & Will