Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mexico 200 years

Happy 200th birthday!

Mexico 200 years
Today Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its independence from Spain.  On the morning of September 16, 1810 in the Town of Dolores [not too far from Tequisquiapan], Father Miguel Hidalgo shouted "The Grito", the cry for independence.  Thus began Mexico's fight for independence which would not be won until 1821.

Big weather coming!
A tropical storm is heading toward the City of Tequisquiapan! It is Tropical Storm Karl, which is predicted to be directly over us next Sunday.

Karl should bring us a ton of rain!
MsTioga is at the red arrow

Oh those darned topes!
Yesterday when we were driving away from Pete & Jimena's construction site, MsTioga drove too fast over a tope! Wow! Hate those topes! [Topes in Mexico are speed bumps]

The bump jarred stuff in our computer work station area. As you may see in the pic below with the desk top removed, the work station was sort of cobbled together when it was built in early 2003. This work station has held up pretty good for all of the bumps that it has taken over the last 7-1/2 years. This bump jarred loose the mounting screws securing the Xantrex Inverter/Charger. The Xantrex is heavy, and it slid into the boards breaking them.

Using tools and supplies that we have onboard, the construction was repaired. It is even better now than it was before! Stronger too!
Damaged work station frame

All fixed!

4PM - Looking for Storm Karl
For much of today, we have been working out how to do some maintenance items.  One thing that we have found is a potential source for a paint to seal MsTioga's all-fiberglass roof.  Online we found this Cheri Enterprise product that looks really promising! [link]

This afternoon we received more info about Hurricane Karl which should be a tropical storm by the time it reaches where we are camped. Little Mavicita and I went outside and looked east to see if we could see sign of Karl. Nothing so far.
Looking east - No sign of Karl's clouds yet!