The rollicking tale of a first-of-its-kind adventuredriving a Tesla through Central America.
Only a week after the nation’s newspapers were filled with headlines of the first cross-country trip in an electric car, two Louisianans slip quietly across the Rio Grande in south Texas in an attempt to do the unthinkabledrive a factory electric car across seven Third World countries to the “end of the road,” Panama City, Panama.
Without support and armed only with a toolbox, a bag of electrical adapters, and their wits, author Randy Denmon and his friend Dean trudge on through jungles, deserts, volcanoes, rivers, and crater-sized potholes, all the while trying to avoid the drug cartels and corrupt border guards that could mean a quick end to their adventure . . . and their lives. Through it all, the same enormous problem loomed daily: how to charge the car in such a primitive and desolate setting?
Despite the numerous setbacks, Randy never lost his sense of humor. Off the Grid is as much a spiritual journey as a physical one about two guys who dropped everything for one grand twenty-first-century adventuretraveling back in time in a car that seemed to come from the future.
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About the Author
Randy Denmon is a writer and engineer. His novels have been reviewed in numerous papers and magazines and have won the Western Writers of America Spur Award and the Faulkner-Wisdom Award. A lifelong Louisiana resident, he currently resides in Monroe, Louisiana.
Jim Motavalli is the author of two books on electric cars, Forward Drive and High Voltage ; cofounder of FuelCellCars.com; and blogger for Car Talk at National Public Radio.
Table of Contents
We're Off 1
One Day Earlier 7
Drug Lords and Federates 11
Don't Come 21
Latin Electricity 29
Out of the Desert and Into the Tropics 34
The Riddle of Mexico 40
Ancient Mexico 45
Second Thoughts 50
Highway to Hell 56
Topes and Potholes 66
Bouncing into the Clouds 75
Stranded by a Snowstorm 80
Land of the Maya 84
Crazy Drivers, Big Mountains 89
The Car Steals the Show 95
Southern Slimmer of Love 100
Guatemalans' Hospitality and Short Memory 104
Guatemalan Math and Bridges 115
We Ain't in Orange County 125
Fleeced or Robbed? 135
Poets, Volcanoes, and Hugo Chavez 149
Through the Lobby 158
In Mr. Twain's Footsteps 165
Just Another Border Crossing 173
Highway of Death 180
Gringo to the Rescue 187
Touch and Go 192
Redneck Engineering 199
The Real Jungle 207
Saved by the Marriott-Again 213
Sometimes You Just Have to Wing It 223