I started to notice an occasional wince from Jesse. It’d follow after a mundane movement from his torso; after bending down to the footwell of the car or reaching behind the seat into the cooler. The once crisp, December sun that lit the peaks and valleys of our journey was waining and soon disappeared entirely. Snow began to fall and quickly turned into a very serious situation. The tires on the car were all-weather, in which “all” did not include “white-out” conditions. While uneasy, I continued to drive up hill not realizing that what goes up- must come down.
The descent had us all at full pucker; manually gearing down with the automatic selector because any application of the brakes would’ve immediately locked us up. I had to act preemptively in the event of a defensive maneuver; trusting in the tracks of the vehicle ahead of us as the road itself was covered. Obviously no pictures were taken during the almost two hour ordeal.
Later that day, we were rewarded with an incredible sunset outside of Mancos, Colorado. While the view was breathtaking, our attention quickly shifted to Jesse. The once dull pain in his abdomen turned sharp and biting. Fearing a ruptured appendix, we called ahead to an emergency room several hours away. Shit just got real.
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