“The Boarder Patrol is not going to win any Humanitarian Awards, but at least they called a tow truck for us. They also seemed to like our dog Ueli, which never hurts a situation.”
We recently checked in with our KELTY road team … Katri, Tim, and their dog Ueli. Since May, 2016 they have been traveling across the West Coast educating employees at different retail locations about all things associated with KELTY gear. As expected, they have had a few unexpected adventures and detours along the way.
The biggest fear on any road trip, is car problems. And if you are out on the road long enough… it is not a matter of if, it is just a matter of when. Hopefully you get lucky and it does not happen in another country, or in the middle of nowhere. We caught up with with Katri yesterday about a fun situation in Mexico last month.
After a short coastal excursion on theBaja playing on the beach and exploring local villages, they were on their way back to San Diego. It was getting late in the day, when they started noticing some vehicle problems “It was close to dark and we were still about 50 miles from any big city when our lights started to flicker and then go off,” Katri reflects laughing a little bit, but also stressing the potential seriousness of the situation. “We pulled off the interstate to try to make it to a campground for the night. We were driving on some obscure side road when signs for the border crossing came up.”
Their van died right before the border crossing, just after the sun was sinking into the ocean. The alternator had decided to die. “We couldn’t even roll down the window to let the officers know what was going on, and they seemed to be kinda suspicious of us with the big truck and a trailer in tow.” The border patrol were less than impressed, and they certainly did not win any Humanitarian Awards for their kindness. Katri mentioned that one of the officers seemed to love dogs, and almost instantly warmed up to them when he saw Ueli leap out of the car. “The Boarder Patrol is not going to win any Humanitarian Awards, but at least they called a tow truck for us. They also seemed to like our dog Ueli, which never hurts a situation.”
After waiting over two hours for a tow truck to arrive, they got everything sorted and once again were back on the road. As they left, the border crossing officers didn’t say two words to them, but at least it all worked out … thanks to some luck, and a pup named Ueli. Stay tuned on the KELTY Blog, as we follow their story throughout the next few months on the road. You can also follow them on instagram@katrikittenhouse