Adrian just phoned from Bakersfield. Apparently the van's radiator blew, and the brakes are shot. He will probably fly out and ship his stuff as parts prices are more than the old pig is worth. Not sure what happened there, the brakes were OK when I checked them last summer, but they did get quite a work out on the mountain passes and the coastal highway. Probably resented my slanging it as well.
According to Adrian he will save money over driving it back.
I hope this is not a sign of disasters to come.