And the studs are sorted!!!

Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Had a leisurly breakfast and morning - there's no point in pushing too hard as the parts will only be ready this afternoon. 2.00 or 4.00, no idea. Spent the morning sorting the drivers lock again, the work I did has improved things, but didnt take it far enough. Chipped out the rest of the first lot of packing and packed a load more in on the other side. Where we thought it was wear, was obviously someone else chipping the metal away to fit the lock.. What they didnt do (IMHO) is pack the other side to make the lock work once they fitted it. Which we have now done, and the lock works properly. Great peace of mind.

After lunch we went to the Cafe City for a coffee and to update the blog and check e-mails as they have wifi. However it wasnt working, and just then we got a call from David Kavanagh of Hertel to collect us and take us to Weir's where the part ARE READY! Off we went in what may well be our last drive in a luxury vehicle, to Weirs. There we saw Brian Whalley and Robert Hancock, who were responsible for the catual new studs. Brilliant. Made out of special steel, and looking great. Spare studs and new tab washers as well. If this doesnt get us going again, nothing will! Also gave us contacts for the next countries. All the preparation we did before we left doesnt match the value of a direct name.

Back to the car, to fit the new parts. The car's back on its wheels again, so a few other minor adjustments, and we're done. Two successes today, lets hope tomorrow's appointment with customs at the ferry post is as successful?

Off to dinner not to celebrate, and bring you all up to date with our travails.

Martin's metal moments:
I was given the name of the material from which the new studs are made but have asked Roger not to mention it either.I'm assured its the toughest thing going in the oil industry but I'm nervous that one of our readers will write in to say it loses its toughness once you put it on a Morris.
A niggling concern remains the leaking petrol tank.A bit incongruous looking to find something out here to cure the leak when its one of the epicentres of the oil and petrochem industries.
Off tomorrow to receive our fate at the hands of the Customs services and hopefully thereafter sort out the ferry across the Caspian.I'm sure when we get back on the road we will get in the swing of things.
Haven't left here yet but have got great benefit from having a point of contact with a dozen or more people.Borne out of distress no doubt but the support from genuine people - company majors,drivers and yes even the local Polis has given a diversion to each day.
Roger is prowling our apartment as I write this with a native language magazine in his hand seeking out mosquitoes.he reckons he knows wich ones are dodgy.One type is called Xenopheles and the other Jeremy but he cannot remember which is which.Another display of his talent for remembering so many things.Except where he has put his glasses,phone,satnav,pocket microwave etc.
By the way any typos discovered in our reports are entirely the fault of the computer which has unpredictive texting as standard and has a built in time delay on vowels in preference to continents.I know,I know
Anyway today is day 19 and there are reasons to be cheerful....for the moment.
Wait on for the next lines in our bathetic tale.It probably means more to me than to you.

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Polly on

Good news! You seem to have run into some very generous people. I'm sure tomorrow will be a reason to celebrate. Use that Irish charm. I seem to have missed two days of blog, even though I read it yesterday. I think the students are getting to me. Digital re tuning today. TV seems to have coped. Fingers crossed for tomorrow x x

Chris on

This is good news. With all these new studs ( plus a couple of rejuvenated ones in the seats!) you should be fine. Let's hope so anyway.

We are enthralled by the blogs. Keep them coming. My knowledge of geography in that part of the world is improving every day.

Lorraine and Roy on

Will keep our fingers crossed and hope that all goes well!!

tim on

Martin, thats great news about the wheel studs hey. I'm sure they will be made of strong stuff (although am now maddeningly curious as to what it is)...just like the drivers. Hope all goes well tomorrow with the customs, and we get back to rolling hills and high average speeds again soon.
All the best. I wait daily with anticipation on the next installment, beats all of the trash on the square box...

sara on

glad that all the help is paying off, fingers crossed for reasonableness (dan says that's not a word) at customs tomorrow.

Emily on

Can you cook jacket potatoes in your pocket microwave Roger?
Very pleased you got the studs sorted, good luck with customs tomorrow.
I'm off to the private osteopath tomorrow for the next stage of sorting my back out. Let's hope they come up with something that's going to help.

Let's hope you're on the move soon.

Barbara Goss on

So good to read that the studs are sorted!! Am sure the luck will hold and you will sail through the rest of the trip.

k and s on

Great news re the wheel studs; what a relief ! Think we were all getting rather anxious there for a bit. Isn't it amazing what wonderful people you get to meet .....................holding thumbs for customs. Take care.

Sally on

You two are hilarious.
Really enjoy reading your reports.
Love, Sally


RE: the mozzies ; the male ones are the most '' venomous '' !!??**

daniel on

Hope all went well with customs today and they haven't kept you overnight for observation, and you've set sail by the time we hear from you next

Jemma on

Jeremy hey, hope you have some toxic stuff to stop them biting. Polly and I found it worked in Nam. Mind you think it repelled people too.
Saw old Charlie Boardman (is that his name) on the tv. I thought he was some guy who knew a famous man and like biking. Turns out he is some blonde haired child actor with a famous father.....Rubbish.
Mind you I think possibly I now have a famous father.
My only advice with dealing with customs is crying doesn't work/strangely enough neither does anger. It seems indifference is the way to go They seem to live of your frustration and lack of funds.
Hope all goes well with the ferry. Hopefully I will have sorted out skype by the time you dock but oh look a flying pig.
Take care and hello Roger.

david on

havent been on for a while, but have enjoyed the last 8 sessions much like a good book. (now there's an idea!!)
I'm sure those engineering oil boys know what they are doing....sorry what was that , BP you say....... ;-)
Good luck chaps.....get rolling and a tumbling.

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