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  1. fightheheathens

    fightheheathens TPF Noob!

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    so...i took a trip to yosemite this weekend to do some camping and shooting of the falls since they are at full force this time of year. we camped outside the park and on the second day the timing belt on our car blew out. long story short, currently im trapped in Groveland California because the local mechanics only know about fords and chevys, not BMW's. luckly i have a good sence of humor. Groveland is about 1000 people, small and has the oldest saloon in california. I finally got a new computer with photoshop so whenever i get back to civilization i'll be able to put up pictures not only of yosemite but also my little adventure in groveland, california.

    anyone else ever had an adventure like this?
     
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    To bad about your car. I hope they'll figure it out.
    Good that you have a sence of humor about it though. I once had a trip to Crete, where I went sightsing in a rented car. I drove for hours, and came to this lovely beach..... then the car stoped.... out of gas, and the needle for the gas gauge was aparently stuck on full.... So long story short, I got some nice shots of the the local fishermen, and a good cup of coffee at the restaurant.... (They had not had any tourists visiting since the '70 or something...) They sold me a gallon of gas, and pointed me in the right direction to the nearest gas station.... (It took about 5-6 hour before they realized that I was stranded, my greek has never been good (I've never learned greek) and their english was pretty much non existent.)
     
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    Man, I don't even have a BMW, much less adventures like yours!

    Hope everything works out well in the end.
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Oh. Oops. I have a BMW.
    But I don't wish for THIS KIND OF adventure with it!
    But I've had others... I remember! :idea:
    I was reporting about it in_this_thread_from_12_Oct_2005 :D. It includes a BMW, and a tractor. :D
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I managed to slide and slip with my car into two other cars which were going in front of me ... this all happened on a single track road in a very remote part of the scottish highlands. Took ages for the police to arrive, even longer for the mechanics ... and my car was the only which was still able to drive ;)

    This all happened in an area with close to zero traffic .... I guess I hit the only two cars around within a 10 mile zone ;)
     
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    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    I ran out of gas on a motorbike (gauge still read full) 30 km on unpaved road from closest pavement in rural northern Laos. Orange-robed monk, passing by on a bicycle, helped me to buy a liter of gas (in a old whiskey bottle) from a unmarked store 3 km away.
     
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    Yeh... I did a really stupid thing several years ago...

    On a whim, I took my Jeep out into some remote areas for pictures and blew my hydrolics to my clutch.

    .. no cell phone signal...
    .. forgot to tell someone I was going out there..
    .. it was hot ..

    Luckily I walked a few miles and got a signal on my cell and called for help.

    A couple years ago... I made the EXACT same mistake... (i'm such idiot at times). But this time, I was in a small town.

    My mountain bike and provisons are now standard equipment when I do such things... One of these days, Darwin is going to get the best of me..
     
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    Never ran out of gas in laos but I drank the local whiskey called makong and spent serveral hours throwing up monkey blood.... don't ask.
     
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    Way out in desert back country once I had a set of points on an old truck break at the little goodie that rides on the distributor cam. Fixed it with a piece of scrap wire. Pretty cool, stayed out for another two days before getting it fixed.

    &

    I killed a man in Reno, just to watch him die.

    Just kidding- I always wanted to say that.
     
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    For those who travel Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back by car, you may know of a little town called Yermo, about 45 minutes or so east of Barstow on highway 15. We lost use of our tranny (they car kind, not the gender identity kind) 30 minutes east of there. Also known as "the middle of nowhere".
     
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    abraxas No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I signed up go on a four day trip in June to study some of the historical sites and old trails out there- Want me to look around for your lost trans?

    BTW, there's a saying about, "getting sand in your shoes." If you got it, and you'll know if you did, PM me and I can hook you up with some websites and people/organizations of others enjoying the affliction.
     
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    BMW = Bring Money With (you). That's what happens when a part breaks. I think its like $900 for a BMW 3 series front bumper because of all the sensors and crap. A ford mustang bumper is $255 ish. Those crazy Germans and their expesive parted cars.

    (that is the base non painted bumper and you can't order it without the sensors)
     

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