A day of Touring in Denali National Park
Miles Driven:
33 miles
Hours on the Road:  
2 hours
Started At:  
9:00 am
Stopped for the Day:  
12 noon
Cumulative Miles
271 miles
     Nancy’s brother, Robert Pursell of Houston, is always surprised to hear our stories of the people who help us along the way.  Total strangers, not always even Model T people, always seem to appear when we are in a difficult situation and offer us tools, or a workshop to get out of the weather, or help with some skill they have that is just what we need.  "People always seem to help you," he says, "when I would be left standing on the roadside."  What I tell him is that it isn't us they are responding to, it is the Model T.  People just like this car.  They respond to the charm and quaintness of it and they want to be a part of keeping it on the road.  

    Let me tell you about our day and the people who helped us today.
Driving it Home
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On The Road Again
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Day 15 - Thursday, July 8, 2010
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Our friends Bruce and Marl Campbell left early to go home and we did a little sightseeing and shopping in the Park area.  We intended to look for a picnic spot and were still in the Park when we had a blowout.  It was the explosive type of blowout:  loud noise, rim grinding on the pavement, and about 50 feet between where we came to a stop and where our tire had blown off.  Several people offered assistance but one couple, Charles and Kathy Goodell of South Dakota, had been on a bus and saw the tire go flying.  They were dropped off minutes later, got in their pickup truck, and came back to give us a hand.  They parked behind us to warn upcoming traffic, provided wooden blocks to give us a level surface for the jack, and even pulled out an air compressor to make sure we had enough air in the spare.  They might have stopped even if we had been in our Dodge pickup but they were very interested in our story and were glad to help us get back on the road.  Thanks so much to them for their kindness.

We sent an email to Bruce to see if he knew anyone along our intended path who might have a spare wheel or if he had one that he could put on a bus to us.  We are planning to drive the Denali Highway tomorrow, a gravel road (also designed by Bruce in the 50's) and we were concerned that the damaged rim had left us without a useable spare.  While we were waiting to hear from him, Ben sat to work organizing the parts and tools into a more organized and accessible layout.  Tucker Stoepler, the third generation owner of the Carlo Creek Lodge, stopped by to take a closer look at our Model T.  He had been here in 2001 when we stayed here and had been very welcoming.  When he found out about the rim, he offered to try to fix it for us.   He apparently does most of the maintenance around the lodge and thought he could weld and polish the flattened edges enough to make it useable again. We had nothing to lose so he and Ben took the rim to Tucker's shop and, within an hour, came out with a finely welded rim.  He is an excellent welder, self-taught because, as he says, "something always needs repairing."  He was very excited about our "Drive It Home" plans and we hope to give him a ride tomorrow before we head out.  We were very impressed by both his skill and his "let's do it" attitude.

By the time Ben got back to our cabin, Bruce had located two tires, two rims, and an innertube and a truck going north that he could put them on.  So if all goes well, we will have several spares when we leave here tomorrow.  How did Bruce accomplish that in such a short time?  He "knows people."  From the first time we met him back in 2001, he has been there when we've needed help in Alaska and we are grateful.