Saturday, May 12, 2007


Okay, so here's the latest news: Minnie has developed several expensive problems that are primarily the result of her being an old car. To fix everything, the estimate is in the $2,000-$3,000 range. After some soul (and bank account) searching, I've decided to go ahead with the most critical repairs - everything but the A/C (needs a $1500 overhaul and conversion that will wait until I get a new source of funding, be it a job or whatever). This means we will be crossing the Mojave desert at night, and keeping Minnie under cover during the day.

So, the show will go on, but we will be in Albuquerque for slightly longer than originall planned. Instead of leaving on Monday, we'll be leaving on Wednesday-ish. I think we have plenty of slush time left to absorb this delay, so we should be fine for getting to San Francisco by the end of the month (Mary has a plane to catch).

In other news, I haven't been able to FTP to the website since leaving Austin, so the front page still says we're in Austin. This is a lie. We are clearly in Albuquerque. We am working to remedy the problem ASAP - sorry for any confusion this may cause.


  1. Are any of your mechanical problems related to your use of vegetable oil?

    While your there in Albuquerque you should be sure and contact Kevin Forrest at Albuquerque Energy Alternatives. He is a good resource for vehicle problems as well as a place to buy vegoil.

    Have a safe trip.


  2. @sam:
    Right now, I don't think any of these problems are related to our fuel choice.

    Actually - the fuel line replacement is due to our use of biodiesel - old cars have natural rubber fuel lines that need to be replaced with Viton hoses due to the solvent properties of biodiesel. This was something I knew needed to be done eventually, so now is the time to do it.