Friday, March 9, 2012

Trouble in Paradise; no, no, I mean TEXAS!

These photos were taken about 4AM Thursday morning outside the LaQuinta Inn in San Antonio.  We were sleeping peacefully, when Chuy started barking.  When I looked out the window, I noticed a young man who had already cut open our canvas roof carrier and taken all our clothes and shoes, and had just smashed our driver's side window and our passenger's side rear window and was in the process of trying to take more items out of the car. Thanks to Chuy, I ran out and chased him away.  The police came and interviewed us, and an evidence cop came and took blood samples (the idiot had apparently broken the glass with his hand and bled all over the dash board).  I doubt they'll find him though.

So we were left with trying to figure out what to do.  We figured that our car was so obviously loaded with stuff, especially with the canvas carrier on top, that we were an obvious target.  We decided to unload the entire car into a new ground-floor room.  This took us till about 6AM.  To make the rest of our trip better, we decided to ship some of our stuff from San Antonio to Maine.  And our car is at the local Toyota dealer being repaired.  We're hoping to get it back this afternoon, ship our boxes, and get the hell out of Texas!  

Overall, we lost a bunch of our clothes and shoes, but none of our other Mexican treasures, and, of course, no one was hurt, except for the young thief (no sympathy here!).  So we were fortunate, and we hope the rest of our trip will be less eventful.  

We'll keep reporting from the road, hopefully about a lot of boring days!


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