At the close of last years drilling season in March, as the Stadeli rig left the last village drill site, it was obvious the old 1946 Military 6×6 was nearing the end of its service life. Only the front axle was pulling. There was a serious malfunction in the transmission. It would move, but slowly and it gave one the thought that it could die at any moment. The Bucyrus 22W drill rig was still in good shape. What we needed was a new truck under it.
To the rescue come our good friends Bucky and Speedy from Ohio. Bucky was asked if we were interested in 2000 International diesel flat bed truck with about 47,000 miles on it. It had been a propane tank delivery truck and had a lift on the rear. It was available for under $3000. It took about 20 seconds for Bucky to decide we were interested. He checked out the truck and it appeared to be in good shape. Now to get it to Guatemala.
Speedy (who owns a small trucking business) offered to drive it to Miami where it could go onto a roll-on roll-off ship bound for Central America. As he headed south from Ohio, there was a large crate on the back that was of special interest to me. It was an old heavy-duty power chair I had purchased on Craig’s list to use in Guatemala. It seems to be excellent shape and uses two car batteries. I shipped it to Ohio in time to be loaded with other tools and things on the back of the truck and go on to Guatemala.
After the drive to Florida, Speedy is certain that we have a good truck. The fare for the shipping was about $2500. The truck was left with the shipper and then the trouble started. Somehow the title had been lost in transit. It took three weeks of paperwork and a special power of attorney before a new title was in our hands and then theirs and the truck could be loaded.
On January 24 the ship arrived at the port in Guatemala, but there was flooding and the ship was not allowed to dock for three days. Finally, we got the word that the truck had been unloaded and Berny Leonardo left on a bus to work his magic and bring the truck through the customs process. We learned long ago not to have an American anywhere near the import process. It makes everything more complicated and that means more money is needed to solve the complication. The land of the fee comes to mind again.
On Tuesday, Feb 1, the truck with my wheelchair on board rolled into our shop on the campus. Annette and I are leaving in 4 days to visit our children at the orphanage and be involved in our drilling efforts. Please come and join us sometime. It will change your life to be a blessing to someone.