March 22 – La Paz
Nobody is ever completely ready for a long cruise. The skills are so numerous and the learning so infinite and the breakdowns so random that inevitably you will find yourself in a learn as you go program. Cruisers on either side of me are dealing with engine failures worse than mine. I’m on a fast track advanced diesel training program. All day I got help from putting out a call for it on the morning cruisers’ net. I consulted over the phone, followed instructions, hunted for parts and took things apart trying to sidestep the option of “if it ain’t broke, don’t break it”.
The blessing in the day was a new friend Marty devoted the main part of his day to working my problem. Call it serendipity, call it good luck or call it divine intervention. So often the resources you need show up just-in-time, and that was my good fortune today. Suffice it to say that Marty turned my two-day project into a one day walk in the park. By sunset a new oil cooler was installed and tested.
March 23 – LaPaz
I found and fixed the diesel leak,. So RD is back in business. Shortly Lisa and I will depart on our second effort to visit north up the Sea of Cortez as far as Loreto. We will likely be beyond Internet contact for several days, so you can if you wish check our position on SPOT, or know by this blog silence that we are once again on plan.