June 15: I would encourage my child to become a civil engineer. Forget the computer software or even hardware, the construction of highways, dams, elevated rail beds (for the high-speed trains China is developing, streets and roads for new apartment buildings are proceeding at a mind-boggling rate. This country is trying to put together an infrastructure for the future. There is a lot they don’t yet have, clean air and drinkable water and sanitation standards. If your child isn’t material for engineering, then send them to school to become a trunk mechanic. The number of trucks on the roads here must outdo the cars and most of them are in bad repair with diesel fumes emitting from the back. They are all so overloaded they breakdown on a regular basis, clogging the already overcrowed roads.
So much has happened since I was last able to get online, that I hardly know where to begin.
But the most imporant thing is Stewball. We may have a very serious problem. Yesterday it was cutting out in low rpm. Ed changed the spark plugs and leaned out the fuel since we were at high altitudes-nearly 8,000 ft. Today by the afternoon it was running even worse. Now he has determined that the compression is seriously low on #3 valve. The best news would be that it is out of adjustment. He is out now with Stewball trying to determine that. The worst news would be a burned valve which of course he is not prepared to deal with. One choice may be to truck the car to Almaty, Kazakhstan. We know there is a garage there that can do this work. Right now we just don’t know. It may be that we can’t move with the group tomorrow. I will let you know the outcome as soon as I am back on-line.
Hopefully still on the road to Paris,