Desert Cat - Somewhere in West TexasJuly 13, 2017 in the United States
Ok, we had an adventure tonight. We almost ran out of gas in the middle of nowhere west Texas. There is not much out there and if you don't plan it right, you can be stuck between gas stations. It was almost 9pm and dark... really dark.
Luckily we found a town (about 12 miles after the light came on), Sheffield. There are no gas stations, but there is a towing company that had gas. We were able to get a hold of them and drive to their lot. They wanted $12/gallon. What can you do? Ah, wait... We noticed on Yelp that they were AAA. So, we used the AAA app (there was spotty reception, but just enough) and put in a roadside request. They contacted the towing company and we got 3 gallons and AAA paid them $7.
That was enough to get us to the next gas station, about 30 miles away. Ok, it turns out that in our 2007 Odyssey, we have 3.01 gallons left when the light comes on. We have been getting about 20 miles/gallon this trip. We could have made it to the gas station without the drama. Pro tip: know this before you go on a road trip. 😉
There was pretty much nothing around besides the spooky looking Exxon. No one was there, but the pumps were on.
While I was filling up, this little kitten ran up to the kids. She was very skittish, but stayed near. Our hears broke. We wanted to take the kitty, but knew we couldn't. We left her some water. The saddest thing was looking back to see the little desert kitty sitting alone under the sad little light at the gas station. 🙁Read more