Went to JA this last week for my brother in law’s wedding (my father in law’s family from there).
Rented a mini-bus Thursday to take ~13 of us to Frenchman’s cove (beach).
There’s a drought there and protesters had made a roadblock to protest water shutoffs.
We diverted to take an alternate route, but local thugs made several copy-cat roadblocks (with rocks & tree trunks) to demand money from vehicles.
After paying ~$10 to get through two roadblocks at a third one they demanded more, much more.
Bus driver complained we’d just payed at last one couple hundred yards back.
They went behind the bus to communicate with the last group.
I got my nephew-in-law to jump out with me and quickly clear the blockage, much to the surprise of the other locals hanging around.
Jumped back in the moving bus and got away. Now my in-laws think I’m Indiana Jones.
Sunday a few of us go out in my sister in law’s 18 year old Toyota minivan, to visit family members up in the mountains and another beach (Ocho Rios).
We stop at a couple of houses, take one cousin with us to the beach, everything is fine.
Take the cousin back to her house, quick drop off, it’s getting dark. My s.i.l. opens the hood. I get out to see what’s up.
She’s worried the mountain roads might make the engine overheat, so she’s pouring cold water over the radiator.
I mention this isn’t gonna help anything, especially since it wasn’t actually overheating.
I look in the reservoir and it looks like it’s half full of mud.
I tell her she should get the cooling system flushed out and put in fresh antifreeze.
“Oh we don’t use antifreeze here it never gets freezing cold.”
I lecture her that antifreeze/coolant also prevents corrosion.
About 5 miles up the road, climbing a hill the engine starts stumbling. “Oh, the temp gauge is pegged on hot.”
We do the heater on full show for a few hundred yards. Hot air out the vents, but gauge still pegged, engine running worse, CEL now on.
No shoulder. We pull over at first opportunity ~ 1/4 mile further.
I see that the radiator had been patched with epoxy, and the crack has re-opened
All we have is a half full 500ml water bottle. I pop the hood. See the windshield reservoir is full with about 1/2 gallon of water.
I pull the hose off the hood nozzles and pump that into the radiator. Now I’m McGuyver too.
I suggest if that’s not enough we can pee into the water bottle to supplement, but a policeman comes by with a 5 gallon jug he carries for just such occasions.
Refill radiator, refill windshield washer.
We’re on the road again, but the engine is missing. I break news she’s down a head gasket, maybe more.
Twenty miles later temp starts rising, pump out washer into radiator again. Gets us to a gas station. Refill. Make it home.