Have you ever tried to use the cheap jack that comes with your car to change a flat tire? If it won’t raise your car high enough to get your tire off, try digging a hole under it with your LNT trowel.
We were 3 miles from the US/Canada border on a backcountry gravel road in northern New Hampshire and about 10 miles from the nearest paved road when my buddy Ken got a flat. We didn’t have any cell phone service and the only way we were going to get out of there was to put Ken’s spare tire on. But first, we had to get the flat tire off the car.
Ken got out the jack that came with his car and started cranking it up to lift the car, but the jack wouldn’t go high enough. Then Ken had the brilliant idea of digging a hole under the tire to get the required amount of clearance. It worked and his orange trowel saved the day.
Ken is a mountaineering guide with Redline Guiding in North Conway, NH and we’ve had many adventures together over the years. This latest bikepacking trip to Northern New Hampshire reminded us of how uncertain off-the-grid travel can be when the maps you have are out of date and lack important detail, you’re off the cell phone grid, and your car breaks down far from help.