I rolled out of the house at 0745 with New Melones in mind and the Float Tube Cumberland in the bed of the truck.
As I was slowly working my way through San Andreas (speed limit 30 mph) I noticed the "low coolant" light came on. Not to worry, the temperature gauge hadn't moved so I continued. I thought I'd stop in Angels Camp and get a jug of antifreeze and top off the tank.
I stopped at the Chevron Station where there was a mechanic (I know that's odd, but Angels Camp is a small town) and asked him what I should use. He suggested I stop at O'Reilly Auto Parts down the street and get, I forget what type it was, and picked up a gallon. Explaining that I was just as auto stupid as I am Entomology stupid one of the guys inside was nice enough to put it in. I probably could have gotten it in the right place, but since he offered.......
With the coolant tank topped off I headed for New Melones. I made it about three miles and noticed I was steaming all over the place. I pulled in at Glory Hole Sports and shut off the engine. Carefully (because I couldn't tell if all the smoke/steam was steam or a fire, I was hoping for steam) I opened the hood to find a whole lot of steam coming off the engine and one of the hoses that goes to the heater element hanging down from a broken connection.
Needless to say AAA towed me to the GMC dealer for repairs and I spent the rest of the afternoon watching "Love it or List it" on their TV. Maybe I'll try again tomorrow.