Week 12: Engine Failures

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It was a cold night on San Joaquin Ridge. I sat behind the wheel, staying warm and killing time until I grew tired enough to inflate the mattress and try to get some sleep. At the back of my mind was the challenge I would face at sunrise: attempting to descend this rocky, four-wheel drive road with an engine that had tilted 30° and was liable to start scraping the ground if any more bolts sheared off. Needless to say, it was going to require a substantial degree of caution and a heavy foot on the brake pedal.

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