And the studs are sorted!!!
Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
109Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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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.