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Alaska or Bust

I was enjoying a nice drive, heading west on Highway 16 in central British Columbia, when a tire flew at me, loosed from a vehicle that was heading the opposite direction. My car is fucked but thankfully there were no injuries. If anyone has any advice on handling auto insurance claims while traveling abroad, I’d love to hear it.

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Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy; I pass the winters in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. I'm working on a memoir-based nonfiction book on the American Dream. I blog, quite frequently, and I also have a novel in process, set in Alaska.


  1. So sorry about your dear car! That must have been a scary near miss, glad you are not hurt. All I can do is to wish you good luck with sorting everything out.


  2. LaSundra says

    Glad I got to see you during the calm before the tire storm!!! SAFE travels the rest of the way!!!!


  3. Tamie Parker Song says


    I’m so sorry! What a weird freak accident my friend. Exactly NOT what a person wants when on a peaceful journey north. I’m glad you’re ok but geez louISE. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    • Thank you. Yes, it was a wire lovely trip up to that point, but after a wheel rim blows at just the right time to spring loose a tire that takes just precisely the right bounces so that it crunches your harmless little Fiat, you start to wonder what other ill-fortunes that fate may have in store. I didn’t rest easy until I pulled into McCarthy.


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