Moving Forward: the Business of an F350 + International Phones & Mexican Beach Fantasies

We are plugging away at our Pan Am Overland preparations. I mean, hard-core, big time, every*single*day, plugging away at it. For My One True Darling Man, Mikey that means an intense amount of truck work.

I can’t make head or tail or a long way around everything he’s doing, but it’s something like this:

  • He took off the truck bed of our F350 (- did you even know you could take those things off? I didn’t!)
  • He got a flatbed for the truck for $150 (- this is evidently a stealish deal – they normally go for around $700. His deal involved a complicated story featuring a failed trek to a hippie commune in Texas…go figure)
  • He is doing things to the parts of the truck that are really, super complicated and make me glaze over when he talks about it (- “screw”, “bolt”, “shaft”, “wire”….yaaaaaaaaawn)
  • He’ll put the flatbed on the truck when he’s all done with the innard-parts-fixing stuff – and this has to be done by THIS SUNDAY because we don’t want to pay for another month of storage for our Alaskan camper
this is what it looks like! a truck without a truck bed!
this is what it looks like! a truck without a truck bed!
this is the flat bed. the one he got for $150 on account of the failed hippie commune thing
this is the flat bed. the one he got for $150 on account of the failed hippie commune thing
oh, how adorable! isn't he?!
oh, how adorable! isn’t he?!
the truck bed looked better with Mack in it... and gosh but our neighbours LOVE us! always keeping the 'hood spicy with our unique blend of rednecked-venturesomeness
the truck bed looked better with Mack in it… and gosh but our neighbours LOVE us! always keeping the ‘hood spicy with our unique blend of rednecked-venturesomeness

Me! I’ve been busy, too. I’ve spent the better part of the past two weeks researching phones and internet connections for Mexico.

This is the thing: when I was traveling in Cambodia and then when I was in Bolivia and Peru, I had big issues with my hearing aids and I had to resolve my issues – or not hear anything. In all three places, I had to figure out a way to contact my audiologist in Berkeley immediately and it was a major hassle. I mean, major. More than an entire day in each place was spent in trying to figure out where and how to call. In the end, it all worked out – I ended up utilizing skype and having a friend “translate” on the phone by telling me what the audiologist was saying and repeating what I said back.

But while it worked, all that hunting down weighs heavily on my Mexican beach fantasies. The fantasies in which I lounge easily in the shade, the kids frolic only where I can see them (and reach them easily), and I am able to do all of my work on the laptop which never, ever has battery issues nor any type of internet connectivity failing!

Oh, and did I mention that in my fantasy, we are able to pick up the phone and call whoever we would like to at a moment’s notice? Liiiiike, my Mom or the kid’s pediatrician or the guys from Lee auto in Alameda, with F350 questions? Yeah, I mean literally anyone.

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I just heard about a company called Rebtel – they have an international calling App that I think is the ticket I’ve been looking for: you can call any other Rebtel user from your iphone FOR FREE, and you can call anyone else through the system. Easy peas. No catches. Since most everyone I know has an iphone, we literally can be sitting on the beach in Mexico, calling family to say hi. We could call my Mom in California or even Mikey’s (jet-setting) Mom in Ho Chi Minh city or Paris, which ever she happens to be.

The modem for the internet is evidently as simple: we can get that through Telcel in Mexico (involving passports and stuff – I’m going to write another post on just this later, for those of you interested).

Sooooooooo. This is coming along. Little by little. We are actually looking good to leave in early September or so; just as soon as Moxie has the post-op green light.

Any advice for us? Tips? Are you planning on leaving for the Pan Am too? Some new friends have started a Pan Am group on facebook for those leaving soon, if you message me, I’d be glad to add you.

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Meriah

is a deaf blogger, global nomad, tech-junkie, cat-lover, Trekkie, Celto-Teutonic-peasant-handed mom of 3 (one with Down syndrome and one gifted 2E).

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