well part of that was true...since we were almost at the top it did cool as we descended...however, as we float through town we escaped all the red lights (2-HA!!) but at the last light we got caught...and as we sat there i watched the temperature gauge climb...i knew we were about to get out of the car...i woke Jonathan and said: "houston, i think we have a problem!"...i watched the signature white steam coming out of the exhaust and i immediately killed the engine and pulled to the side of the road immediately...popped the bonnet and got my cell phone...i suspected that it was a blown head gasket...i would later find out...that was not the case, instead the coolant chamber had eroded and allowed water to leak into the combustion chamber...more on this development would come later!
after several calls to friends with tow trucks and roll-backs...i finally got a hold of a guy that was loading the bmw in just over a half hour!!! we were 50 miles from home...we drove from stubenville, ohio to the pittsburgh international airport so that i could pick-up my truck that we had left at the airport on the way to california...we were home in another half hour and the rest is history as they say...the end!