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TDT stalled by vodka but sobriety does wonders

August 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

TDT returns at 10 am filled with blind hope and a determination to get the taxi out of the graveyard. We bypassed the fuel injectors with a wire and got the car going upon the advice of a taxi mechanic in London, but the alternator wasn’t fixed. We asked the mechanic’s son why it took him six hours to get nowhere yesterday but half an hour to fix it today. It turns out that his erratic behaviour and pyromania yesterday was to be explained by a surfeit of VODKA.

While the mechanic struggled with the alternator with his newfound clarity in sobriety, TDT headed back to the hotel to watch the Mongolian light flyweight boxer win silver in Beijing over a plate of horse gulash. At, 1430 our Mongolian mobile rang. It was good news. The taxi was fixed with a new alernator installed. Now the battery will charge. The mechanic declared there would be no problem getting to UB. Another mild eccentricity has now been added to the old girl. In order to pump fuel into the engine, one must cross two bare wires on the dashboard.

With fingers and wires crossed we setout on the 10 hour drive to Bayanhhongor. We only have 600 miles to go.

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  • 1 Ellen Starratt // Aug 25, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    You certainly found a crackerjack mechanic.

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