My engine was backfiring through the carb so bad the night before I thought I'd bent a valve thus causing it to quit running. But with a dead battery it was hard to tell; yay AAA! I got a jump and everything spun around inside with the usual clatter, win. AND the truck driver let me know of an off-road shop that may have a TIG.
When I came out I met Jacob. This dude kept me entertained for the next 6 hours while all batteries charged up. He was headed from SLC to Pittsburg and has been on the road for the last few years. To say the least he had more then enough stories to tell and I was absolutely content with the company. Lesson learned: talk to people.