The following Saturday Chad got up bright and early and drove back to Laramie to return the rental and pick up our car from the shop and then drove back home. It was a long day for Chad, but we were just glad to finally have two cars again. So... a $900 car repair + $200 car rental + about $120 in extra gas = one very expensive trip home.
Exactly where our car broke down. Right in the middle of mile markers 278 and 279. Poor Chad had to run about half a mile to figure out where we were. Lol.
The view from our car ON TOP of the tow truck. The only good thing about this experience was Cayden's excitement. He couldn't believe that Mater the tow truck came to pick us up and that we got to ride on him. The kid giggled the whole way back to Laramie. (By the way, it's kind of hard to be frustrated and angry when your two year old is giggling in the backseat.) For days afterwards Cayden pretended that a white car had broken down and had his Mater come tow it away.
Moral of this story... Never take your almost 20 year old car on a road trip (especially if it's through Wyoming). Frank has now been banned from all long distance drives and is only a local boy. Poor guy.