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Trip Start Oct 16, 2009
Trip End Mar 01, 2010

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Flag of Mexico  , Jalisco,
Saturday, December 5, 2009

You've probably have been wondering why you haven't heard from us for awhile.  Well after flipping the boat, Ken worked several days on trying to get the motor to run again.  Would get it to run for a minute or so, then it would die again.  Realizing he was going to need some new parts we located a Honda dealer in Barra de Navidad. Barra is about 47 miles south taking us about 1 hr 20 mintues to get there. The ride is through some hills and the road is such that we don't drive faster that 45-55 mpg.  However the locals seem to be able to whiz on by us.  That's okay, we're in no hurry. 

Upon finding the Honda dealership (using great directions provided by our neighbor David - thanks David!),  we met the owner(s) Jesus and Sara Maria.  We were very thankful that Sara Maria spoke English.  She provided all the translation to her husband.   We dropped the motor off and waited patiently to hear the outcome.  The very next day received an email and the prognosis.  Needed a new ignition module and coil.  The parts would take about 8 days to arrive once ordering.  Ken kept hemming and hawing about whether or not to allow them to fix it as he knows he could fix it more affordably in the US. 

In the meantime we heard from my family that my Aunt was diagnosed with a cancer that could take her life.  I immediately wanted to go home.  Lots of emails and phone calls back and forth between family members for a couple of days.  I was comforted to finally speak with my Aunt and Uncle however my heart is heavy.  With this news we informed the dealership to not order the parts (thinking we were  buggin' out) and that we'll be in to pick up the motor. 

In the mean,meantime Ken started some dental work here which commits us to staying through the first part of January.  So since we're commited to staying here thru part of January,  we inform the dealership to go ahead and order the parts.  They should arrive later next week.  Jesus and Sara Maria must think we're nuts.   Only goes to add to our already existing belief that the locals think we're crazy gringos.

Yesterday we drove to Tomatlan to sightsee and shop.  It was an easy drive and I wish we had left earlier so we could have stayed longer. Discovered a great vegetable tienda.  Spent about $8 and got 2 different kinds of onions, apples, romaine lettuce, limes, bell peppers, potatoes, garlic, cilantro, and of course tomatoes!  Can't go to Tomatlan and not get tomatoes.   We completed our shopping and came home. 

Today I do laundry which consists of me bagging it up and taking it down the road to the lavaderia (sp?)

My thought and prayers go out to my aunt and uncle. 
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Liz Daniels on

Hi Jodi
So sorry to hear about your Auntie, will keep her (and you) in our prayers!
I need some dental work done and am reluctant to spend the FORTUNE needed here... is Ken pleased with his care? Prices good enough for vacation too? Send details please!! Love ya, Liz

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