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Making Lemonade when life tries to give you lemons...with a lotta help from our new Ecuadorean Friends...

Roxanne's Brother Ward, his wife Vee, and their daughter Rolanda, joined us in Cuenca for some fun, and we will post pics of that a little later...just wanted to tell about a truly great experience that we had at the end of our trip to the Coast...We had been running fully loaded for over seven hours, over fast freeways, slow muddy, potholed foggy roads, and everything in between, and we were finally on the last 15 mile stretch before arriving at our home in Manglaralto--when all hell broke loose!!!

I was truckin' along at about 60 mph, when all of a sudden I had no power in high gear, none in fourth, and nothing but a highly revved engine in all gears...bummer...I coasted to the side of the road, but didn't like where I was, so I thought I would try four wheel drive to get forward motion...that worked OK, except that you can't use 4WD on pavement...and I pulled off again, just as I heard a loud metal and pavement screeching noise--not good!!!

We all jumped out of the car to see what was wrong, and I have to say that I was truly amazed...the right rear wheel was sticking out from the car by two feet, held on by the axle!!!  The car was resting on the differential and the wheel (not the tire).

take a look...

 Now, I have been driving for over 50 hears, and I never heard of this happening...needless to say, we were at a loss as to who we should call, and just what the heck we would say.  We were also loaded to the brim with luggage, and it would be dark in 30 minutes...

Well, miracles do happen!!!  The second truck to pass us contained two young men who looked over the problem, asked me if we had a jack--and I dug up the 2 ton rollaway, and they ran all over the field getting pieces of board to shore up the jack in the sand.

 

Vee and Rolanda took a bunch of these pics, and I thank them for letting me use them...

 

That guy in the blue shirt obviously does not understand the situation!!! 

 

 

 

 

 They got the car jacked up and were able to push the wheel and axle back to where it was supposed to be, and then another man who lived across the road came over to see if he could help.  They all decided that they would push the car out of the sand on the right side of the road, onto the pavement, and then back 100 yards of this fast moving highway, where this gentleman could safeguard the car, until a mechanic could be found.

Rox held on the Coquita as she waved the oncoming traffic out of the way...  

 

Everyone pushed as we went backwards down the busy "Pacific Coast Highway" of Ecuador...notice right rear tire as it tries to escape from the car...and it actually had to be jacked up rignt in that fast lane, to put it back in place.

As we turned in to our resting place...tire was still trying to get loose...  

So, now we have the car safe, but we are still 15 miles from home, and these same wonderful men said that we should put everything in their pickup, and they would take us there.  Here are a couple of shots...

 

The ladies and Jesse, Javier's brother, all road in the back, and generously told Ward and me to ride up front while holding Coquita, and giving directions...take a look at their pictures, as the ride along...

 

 

Well, we arrived at home, only 45 minutes later than we had planned, Agripina and Isidro all got the story, and helped us carry all of our junk inside...

We tipped Javier and Jesse, who told us that they would make sure that a mechanic would look at the car in the morning, and we would go from there...Rox had made dinner previously, so we served up drinks all around, watched the ocean, had a great dinner, and a well-deserved good night's rest...

 

And...to help the story along, Javier has just left this following morning, where I have given him enough money to get new parts, fix the car, and have it delivered back here...stay tuned...

 

 

Posted on Thu, August 20, 2009 at 08:40AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments2 Comments

Reader Comments (2)

Wow, what a story! I recognize the "Pinguino" ads on the cement walls in the picture where Roxanne is holding up the triangle, so I know exactly where you were at! Glad everything worked out ok.

August 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Workman

Now that's what I call adventure! Happy to hear you are all safe. Why aren't the highway workers in the US as good looking as Rox?

August 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Reel

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