“Heading up north,” is a loaded phrase among Michiganders, typically implying some combination of vacation and relaxation. So it might not be fair to say that my fiancee and I were “heading up north” when her car broke down exactly halfway between Ann Arbor and Traverse City. There was no vacation involved; this was a permanent move for our household that just happened to coincide with everyone else’s trip to Lake Michigan. Nor was there any relaxation in the forecast—not with a broken car filled to its ceiling on the side of the road. Thankfully, we had one thing in common with the leisure-travel crowd blowing by us on the freeway shoulder: we had a Ram 1500.