Well Chuey is up and running again, thanks to Rich. This is the latest excitement in a saga that has had its disheartening moments. Just before our wedding four years ago, the van’s transmission went out. Rich and his groomsmen were stranded in Portland. Due to financial stress, the van project was put on the back burner and Chuey languished for two years. Eventually we paid up the nose to have the transmission rebuilt and decided to drive to Seattle for the rebuilt van’s “maiden voyage”. On the trip north, the windows stopped working. On the trip home, the ICU went on the fritz. We limped to the nearest mechanic, who, of course charged upward of $100 an hour. Another $500 down the proverbial drain. Two days later we were happily heading out of Portland with a new ICU when we discovered there was something else wrong. Chuey was banished to a parking space for a couple of years while we worked on our anger management issues.
Now the problem (throttle position control) in question has been solved and Chuey and Rich took a maiden voyage over to our neighbor’s place for a barbecue. Next stop Oaxaca! (Okay, a few additional minor exploratory missions might be advisable before we head to the border. I get it.)