Our trip to Alaska was one of the biggest adventures I have ever had. I was happy to be there with Louise but on the other hand I was regretting that Jonathan was not here. I have not heard from him in a while that time and I started to wonder about many things. I felt sorry for Louise because of what happened to her but I was also happy that she could finally breathe. I wonder what I would do if anything like that happened to me? I had to start planning my way back home so these few days in Alaska with Louise were the last days of my stay in the USA. I have organized my car rental to be completed in Edmonton and booked my flight back to Europe. I still had like 10 days.
Alaska was absolutely wonderful. McKinley is the highest mountain in the whole continent and it was truly spectacular. What is interesting people in Alaska know it as Denali which is its traditional name in the language of native Americans. This mountain was reached for the first time ever in 1913. Since then it has been regularly approached. Mount McKinley National Park is the territory where the mountain is located and we have seen animals that we will not meet anywhere else. Grizzlies, caribou, elks all of them any many more. Alaska is the biggest American state which was bought from Russian Tsar in 1867 for only 7,2 million Dollars. Although Anchorage is the biggest city over there it is not Alaska’s capital. It is Juneau which is situated much lower in the South. We had some great fun over there. We were traveling around Alaska for two days but it was not enough. I hope that one day it will be possible to stay over there for a month or so. That would be just great. And of course I will need a better car for that. Although I was generally happy about it I did not rent it for this trip. If I knew it would happen I would definitely go for a SUV. When we came back to Anchorage I was left with the set of winter tires I bought for the trip. There was no chance and no point for me to take it back home with me. What could I do? I went and spoke to Aaron.
He appeared to be very helpful again. He changed my tires back to summer ones and bought the winter ones. He said there were many people asking him for a second hand stuff and this time he could guarantee that the tires were new. He even offered me such a good price that I did not loose any significant amount of money. Me and Louise had some great time when I was in Canada and Alaska. I am very happy to have visited her. On my final day in Candada she took me over to the airport, we had already been hugging each-other goodbye when I got a phone call from Jonathan. He shared some great news with me. He was working on a big contract and he actually managed to run a very expensive transaction in Europe. He has always been connected to automotive market and he was hired by a big tire company to complete a merge of several smaller stores and online operators to unify under one brand. This is actually a common practice now. The big ones are taking over smaller companies. I think that even this huge market leader called Oponeo was involved in it. He asked me before for some info about them. And as you remember this is the company that I got the winter tires from. Anyway, Jonathan said that he has a thing to do in California and he wants to meet me there. It was like 3 weeks until he was supposed to arrive so he just offered that instead of me coming back to Europe I should wait for him here, in America. Well, it was not a bad idea at all. When I told Louise about it she was really happy. She suggested that I should stay with her in Edmonton for a few days and that we could go to California together. I had to change my flight arrangements and rent another car. All of that went really smooth. One hour later and I would already be on the flight back to Europe. Good timing for Jonathan. I was not even angry with him. I was happy I could stay in Canada for longer.
The reason why Jonathan was coming to the States was the part of the merge that was going on at that time. He wanted to speak to a guy called John who lived in Sacramento. Interesting character actually. He was running the American Oponeo and he actually started it in the States. Him and his friend Peter were traveling around the States when they got that great idea for this business. I am not sure how they managed to do it all but I think there is the blog online called www.carsofamericablog.com where John mentions the whole history of the business in the USA. His website www.oponeo.com was the one where we ordered the tires back there in Alaska. I was wondering how come it was possible that they delivered it so quickly and free of charge. Now I know. The company is so big now, that they send it from many locations. So when I was ordering tires from Alaska it does not mean they were sent from California but from… are you ready… Anchorage. They just paid someone to deliver me the same tires I bought online and paid that company the money I paid to them. This is how it works today. “Maybe we should do the same’ Louise asked. Maybe we should travel around Canada or the States as well for the next three weeks and we will come across a great business idea as well?” We had three weeks… “Let’s do it…” I thought…. Two days later we were on the road again. Like Thelma and Louise…