As we passed Duluth we decided to drive all night and Get to Winnipeg which was another 6 hours,it was 8pm.
Around then Magali said “Did you ever play here?”
“Spend any time here?”
A little later there was a sudden liquid splash on the windshield, at first I thought it was from an oncoming truck’s windshield wiper fluid but then it slid up the windshield like coolant and Magali stuck her had out and it smelled…like coolant.
Pulled over 5 minutes later, into a small lot belonging to a local bar in Saginaw MN. Ample steam and flourescent green splatter, we had a crack in the radiator and had to get towed. Then of course it started to rain. Many friendly older drunk people in the bar wanted to know what happened, who we were and surprisingly, if they could help. A woman named Sarah offered us a place to crash.
“We have clean sheets and diapers. I used to hitchhike across the country 30 years ago so this is just paying it forward.”
Someone else said he could call the tow truck driver to speed up the AAA business and he did and it did speed it up. Soon we had a tow. Had to be towed to a garage, had to assume the driver was not deceiving about the place he suggested, had to find a hotel because he wouldn’t be taking us back 30 minutes to the strangers in Saginaw plus we needed to be near the car for Monday when it would be seen by a Duluth mechanic.
Then we found out all the hotels were sold out.
Eventually found a motel right out of an Alfred Hitchcock fantasy. At least we could finally finish the first act of this new movie we didn’t know we auditioned for.