Had a real bad Friday afternoon in the woods. My wife and I were headed up to Scout Camp to visit our son and we got within five miles of camp when I smelled the antifreeze! Apparently the truck lost a hose and had been spraying my precious fluid out for a long time. At highway speeds, the engine stayed cool. Wasn't until we were about eleven miles off the highway on MT Hood that I got that nose full of the bad smell and the temp gauge shot up. Luckily I had some high temp radiator tape in the truck. However I was not packing a lot of water on board. I fixed the hose and poured the two liters of water from our Nalgenes in the radiator. Some very nice folks saw us and pulled over and gave us about four more liters. I was sick with not being able to head into the camp to see our son as we had told him we would. I just could not run the truck uphill another five miles with so little water on board. Downhill to the river we went! We filled up at the river along Rt 35 and then headed into Hood River stopping to top off the engine every 5-10 miles. Made for a heck of a stressful ride but we made it home. I figure the truck suffered for it and in the morning it goes into the shop to see if I am repairing it or replacing the truck. It's an old 97 Honda CRV with close to 200,000 miles on it. Might be it's time. One small half inch long rip in a half inch diameter hose caused me and my wife to almost be stuck way out there!
So what did I learn? I learned I am psychic! I found that radiator tape about two weeks ago in my old truck box and threw it in the CRV! That hose was not replaceable on that hill unless somebody knows how to build a field expedient 90 degree bend half inch hose also I need to throw in a set of thin gloves in the kit. I used an old gun wrag/t shirt to handle the hot parts but some thin cotton gloves would have worked better working around the hot engine. EDC'd flashlights were extremely helpful along with the Leatherman Supertool I keep in the glovebox. I was also happy to have two wool blankets on board if we had to stay out overnight plus matches and a fire steel. I can not stress how important that tape was though. It made the drive out of there possible. By staying mobile we did not have to go even further into the realm of a survival situation.