Dune Buggy




Dune Buggy

Originally uploaded by Nick Ciske.

Yup, I drove a dune buggy in Puerto Vallarta. This pic was taken by one of the guides.

I did pretty well, considering I hadn’t driven a stick in 10 years, much less a bare bones 4 speed with a clutch held to the frame with a handkerchief.

I killed it twice- once because I thought I was in neutral… and once because my foot kept slipping off the clutch after we went through the river. The handkerchief knot released and the clutch was pinned to the floor. After the clutch was fixed (retied) the accelerator got stuck wide open when I was starting it. Luckily I was in neutral that time!

Other than that, it was a fairly uneventful drive…

One of the guides bought the $10 watch I got on the boat…

I almost got rear ended at the bottom of a ravine…

My mouth was so dry I could barely breathe (motion sickness patch side effect + dusty backroads)…

My eyes were coated with a layer of dust, grit, and sand… so that it was hard to see at times…

I almost hit a large rock coming out of the river…

I drove by a cow… who I would have hit had it been in the road (it was right after a sharp corner)…

I didn’t realize there was a seatbelt until halfway through the ride…

Like I said, pretty uneventful 😉


One Response to “Dune Buggy”

  • Wendy Says:

    Hey Nick, I discovered your blog through Bryan’s and wanted to tell you that I’ve enjoyed reading your entries and pictures. I noticed that one of your random headers showcases three members of my immediate family!
    Your cruise sounds like you made alot of memories. Take care and have a
    blessed Easter! Wendy W.

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