After the longest detour of our entire trip (6 hours!) we finally made it to Yosemite National Park. I had big hopes for Yosemite National Park. It’s one of the National Parks that everyone has heard of thanks in part to it being close to San Francisco and being the main subject of plenty of John Muir musings.
Upon our arrival we got a flat tyre which didn’t set things off to the best start…
It was probably about time we experienced a flat tyre. We’d made it all the way down the Atlantic Coast and across the south without a hitch (well, apart from a broken sensor in Florida). “No worries”, we thought, “we’ll just put on the spare and be back on the road in 30 minutes.
We discovered, to our dismay, that we didn’t have the tool to undo the flat tyre and replace it with the spare.
Then we discovered that the spare was useless anyway.
Being stranded in the middle of Yosemite National Park isn’t exactly a bad place to be stranded but we didn’t fancy forking out who knew how many dollars to get towed to the nearest town with a garage that could fix our tyre.
Fortunately we didn’t need to turn to that option. After trying (and failing) to get internet at Yosemite Lodge (who were very unfriendly and didn’t give us any advice), we stumbled across Yosemite Village’s Library.
This was the one of very few places in Yosemite where we could get some free wifi. Not only that but the woman working there was super helpful and told us there was actually a garage in Yosemite that would be able to fix it.
The guys at the garage were great and patched up our tyre for just $35 (waaay less than we were expecting!).
So whilst our first day in Yosemite didn’t exactly get off to the best of starts, it turned out alright in the end. But that didn’t stop the minor freak out that you’ll see (a little bit of) in the video.