5/30 Update

posted May 30, 2012, 2:30 PM by Ian Fitzner   [ updated May 30, 2012, 2:30 PM by Ethan Shirley ]
Oi Tudos,

Sooo, here in the Pantanal things are kind of at a standstill as our beloved Kombi is currently broken down. Our team was trying to get down to PCER one last time to finish up the filter we started there, however, when the first group, myself included, were driving the final 5 km, we heard a terrible clunking sound.  Pulling over we found one of the rear hubs broken and the bearings pulverized.  Unfortunately it has taken Ethan a while to find the needed replacement parts.  Right now he is headed back, with hopefully the right part to repair it.

Meanwhile our team has been as productive as we can be.  The three of us who actually made it to PCER finished the filter there and got back by catching a 3:00 am ride with one of the guides.  At Nazare and Cotia our team finished installing the final filters, painted them, and gave maintenance lessons.  So really, we are pretty much finished with everything that we needed to get done on this trip, which is an awesome feeling.  We can spend the rest of the time relaxing, enjoying the countryside... and keeping our hopes high that the Kombi comes rolling up the Pantaniera in one piece.

Ate Logo,