We have been in San Diego for almost two weeks now and are waiting every day for a new trip to Mexico. After all, we have since been able to hand over the van to proven experts and know that we are well advised. Until then we spend the nights in a hostel and the days on the surfboard at Pacific Beach. A welcome change from camping life. At least in big cities like San Diego. But as it is in life, things don't always go according to plan. This means that these days we receive e-mails with less positive news for us. It seems as if we are taking one step forward and two steps back. In addition to the deficiencies already known from the initial inspection, further deficiencies have now been added. The manual transmission and front axle are in such a desolate condition that there is no way around a complete overhaul. This is a quite costly undertaking, which burdens our already overused budget even more. In addition, there is a set of new tyres for the poorer road conditions, which are still waiting for us and the repair of the "Ignition Coil". The originally planned solar panel installation for the days far away from the civilization and the usual comfort is no longer necessary.
After several days of waiting, the time has finally come on Thursday. Shortly before closing time we can pick up our van again. The team around Pete and Tim from South Westies San Diego have done an amazing job. Only the problem with the "Airflowmeter" couldn't be solved for time and cost reasons. But we have the spare part with us, which is very difficult to get, for the case of the cases and we hope to never have to use it. Now we have to buy the obligatory car insurance for Mexico and then nothing stands in the way of the border crossing. Theoretically.