How to Kill a Rental Car
Andrew Walker has spent six years as a freelance stage manager for the performing arts. During those years he logged thousands of miles on American and Canadian highways. He currently lives in Seattle where he is desperately trying to avoid the rat race.
For years he and his friend Josh had been talking about traveling together, but they had never been able to make good on their promises. Time and circumstances conspired in their favor this summer, so they took advantage.
Planning to spend 12 days touring the American Southwest, each had things he wanted to do. Compromise was going to be a prominent theme. Andrew and Josh’s 4,264-mile road-trip was to be as much an exercise in delving into their own personal dynamics as it was an exploration of Utah, Arizona, and California.
Andrew knew his vehicle would never survive such a trip, so he and Josh decided to rent a car. They first agreed on three basic requirements: good gas mileage, air conditioning, and a CD player. Josh does not own a car and until recently had not had a driver’s license. He was eager to get behind the wheel. "I could just drive for two straight weeks," he would say. Somehow Andrew knew better.
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Day 7, Chasing the Wild Goose: Pursuing Your Inner Artist
The search for Roden Crater has Andy feeling like a bungling bank robber, but he also learns never to underestimate the power of a cigarette.
Catch Up On The Journey
Day 6, Reservations: The Navajo Negotiation and Hopi Hospitality
One man’s roadkill is anther man’s art, one man’s general store is another’s Stephen King novel – and the smell of money is sheep dung.
Day 5, Hovenweeping: At Cross-Purposes
When visiting ancient Puebloan communities be sure to bring an easel and a GPS device, but be careful not to morph into a park ranger.
Day 4, Entrajo: In Too Deep
All their Seattle rain training does nothing to prepare the lads when they take a cold mudbath and risk flash floods in Entrajo Canyon.
Day 3, Canyoneering 101: Desert Highlights
Trusting their rappelling lives to a device dubiously called "the slick", Andrew and Josh tackle the canyons of southeastern Utah.
Day 2, Race Day:
Challenging the World Land-Speed Record in Your Rental Car
Find Mad Max and the Thunderdome at the Bonneville Speedway in the salt flats. But can you race a rental car for pinks?
Day 1, The Long Haul:
Some Observations of the American Highway
When leaving Seattle for Salt Lake City, first find god in the belly of a dinosaur, then have coffee in the bohemian oasis of Boise.