April 06 Wednesday — Puerto Escondido
Up early to meet with Elvin and see if we can improve upon yesterday’s non-results. He has a new plan, and we jump into his car to drive to Loreto.
It’s scenic outside and light-hearted inside his car. I get a tour of Loreto as we make several stops.
Our final stop was a 50’s style hardware store. And low and behold they had an Easy-Out tool set.
The highlight of the trip was a sort stop in Elvin and Connie’s home. They live off the grid with all the amenities of a modern home (including Internet and Direct TV) , plus large open-air patios that take full advantage of their beach front property and scenic views in all directions. What a delight to peer into their lives!
An early lunch at Elvin’s favorite restaurant.
By noon we were hard at work focused on RD. Several hours later we found the Easy-Out tool was not, and in fact after considerable struggle, we made zero progress. By 4 pm we were again skunked, and the fall back position was to wait for the mysterious man with the perfect tool.
In summary we are long on perseverance and short on the tools we need. This is our fourth day of working heroically and producing no forward motion toward an engine fix. We are “trying” multiple ways but failing mightily. “Trying” doesn’t get the job done; “trying” mightily doesn’t get it done either. Thus far it’s a bummer of fun. We are discouraged and frustrated and resolved to get our engine running (what choice do we have?). Elvin and I will meet with our coffee in the morning, and after a few stories or jokes maybe the mystery man with the tool will show up and we can begin to attack the problem again.
I’ve been assured that things do get done in Mexico, but at a more relaxed pace.