Driving with flashing warning lights has a high informative value here in central america. By the “chicken busses” it means: attention, I will stop right away or I had just stopped, attention, upcoming humbs or I have forgotten to turn it off, I still can take passengers or I am full (that´s here in guatemala inconceivable), maybe it means joy about the just passed exhaust emission test but it always means: caution, I´m completely regardless.
By the way: flashing left or right means: caution, one of my flashing lights is broken. And for those who hadn´t a proper hazard lights system, there is a monument in the graveyard of chichicastenango.
Here you will get helped! All travelers with complex problems on their vehicles. Actually, it is not a workshop, but a campspot for overlanders run by a very hospitable, canadian couple. Calvin has the knowledge, the experience paired with an invention phantasy and the right tools to solve many of your problems.
And if your problems can´t be solved right away, perhaps you will experience the enjoyment of leanne’s cakes.
At an off-road fair, a new, flexible and light solar system was offered as the non plus ultra. Simply glue on top of the roof and the energy problems are solved. Half a year later, under the marrocan sun, bubbles formed under the surface and my problems began. It was still under warranty and I was told, all the initial technical problems were solved, so we installed the second system. Great. But these panels sparked off under the weak canadian sun. In a lack of time the third panels of another manufacturer were put on top of the fault system, but this time with an air gap underneath. The mexican sun also had a solution for this construction, the uv radiation made the plastic brittle and the energy output fell drastically. Wow, solar systems which do not tolerate the sun.
In the overlander oasis / oaxaca i found great help. I mounted the fourth installation (in four years) on top of the roof, this time i had used the solid design with glass, aluminum frame and neat weight, which I actually didn´t want to have on the roof.
Congrats to all méxican peaple who are celebrating their independence day (Día de la Independencia)- It´s a mexican holiday to celebrate the cry of independence” on september 16, 1810, which started a revolt against the spaniards. It follows from the day of the Cry of Dolores (El Grito de Dolores), on September 15. We widnessed this day in tepozotán where our truck was stored.
We started the next section of our trip from halifax to patagonia. The truck was stored méxico city, well protected under a roof, which was built especially after we left méxico. but unfortunately the cover was not translucent enough to load the batteries through the solar system. Shit happens. Mishaps are also part of such a journey …
Today I got a great mail from gary anderson, the editor-in-chief of the mercedes-benz club of america. I was awarded a gold medal for the best photography in the american car magazines in 2016. I had photographed andrew atwood´s perfectly restored “heckflosse” for „the star“ magazine as a small thank you for his help and support searing for the failure in our truck software.
By the way: Last year I got gold medals as well. At that time for my contribution “the big trek” in “the star” magazine.