Meze - Arles

Trip Start Jun 02, 2007
Trip End Sep 14, 2007

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Woke up early in the morning as Hayden decided it was time to check out the noise coming from the starter motor, he pulled it off and a part of the housing was missing, oh uh not good, lucky it had not come flying off when we had started it would of damaged the whole engine, we had driven about 1000 miles with it like that too!! 

Time to find a new starter motor, let the mission begin....was not really a good time either as most places where having a seista.  Parked up just out of Arles at a mechanic and waiting them for them to reopen.  They didnt speak any English so with a little help from the phrase book and some pointing and photos they sourced us one.  The others went ahead and sat around and waited for one to arrived which we got fitted that afternoon.  Planed to stay with Heidi and Shaun that night in St Cannat so got on the road and pulled over at petrol station.  Went to start again and it wouldnt start.  Sat around for an hr trying to start but still wouldnt start, by this stage we had pretty much had enough, this was not fun anymore.  Ended up having to push start it, me driving and Hayden pushing, took 3 goes on a very small slope but it started, Hayden was very exhausted afterwards, the bloody French just sat there and watch!!  Found our way back to garage and they were just about to close, explained to the guy that it wouldnt start, he took our spare keys and ran it down by the contacts and it started, he said he would fix in morning so camped there for night....awesome, just about want to get on plane and come home!!
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