Hobbling Into Holbrook

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Last night, just to pass the time, I thought I would look back at the puncture count. When we left Bosham there were many pound coins flying around (all landed in Elizabeth's pocket) to bet on how many punctures we would get.  After 7 punctures yesterday it seemed a good time to start collating the data.  It revealed that in 2 months in New Zealand we only suffered 3 punctures.  However, in America we have repaired 16.  You can now add 5 more from today.  It is making things very difficult and I must confess to throwing some serious puncture paddies over the last few days.  I will continue with the puncture count back through Asia later, but I remember that on leaving India, we had tallied up 13.  That means player, if you are anywhere below 37, you are certainly out of the running (I bet Elizabeth has spent all the money on shoes or something anyway!).

It wasn’t too upsetting to leave the site this morning.  There were some strange characters living in trailers and the area had very little to look at.  Breakfast was made good by some left over bacon from last night and we were on the road again.  7 miles later we were fixing a puncture, surprise surprise.

We rested for cold drinks at 20 miles and decided that although it would be a short day we would stay the night in Holbrook which was only 10 miles later.  As we were enjoying the shade on some empty drinks boxes a hilarious truck driver came up for a chat.  He was a Mexican and was really interested in our journey.  Like all others we have met in USA he thought we were from Australia but we forgave him because he was so funny and warm.  After telling him we were actually from England he asked us which town we were from, his first guess was Dublin!  He shook our hands and returned to his truck talking to himself about what we were up to.   A great meet.

As he left us we glanced over and saw that Polly had a flat front tyre.  As we retrieved the overused puncture repair kit we discovered that I also had a flat. This is getting to be ridiculous.  Looking over at the group of 30 Harley Davidsons which had also drawn up at the garage made me think we are seriously on the wrong machines.  Then I saw they were all wrinkled and overweight so I got on with fixing the punctures.

We almost made it to Holbrook without another but then my back tyre gave me that sinking feeling again.  We limped home again to a lovely campsite and dived in the pool.  Things are much better when you can dive in a cold pool.

For some reason instead of sitting down with a book, which Polly wisely did, I thought I would try and fine tune the gear shifters on Polly’s bike.  2 hours later I was covered in oil, sweating and seriously about to throw in the towel.  To cut a long story short I have destroyed Polly’s front derailleur and there is now no cable between the gear shifter and the derailleur.  Instead I have used a piece of branch and a drinks can (see picture) to fix it in place until we reach a bike shop.  She will therefore have to cycle the next 90 miles with 7 instead of 21 gears.  What a plonker!

Having then repaired all the punctures from today we are also worried about the fact we only have one tube of glue and seven patches left.  That is until the lovely man from the campsite just drove over and gave us a complete new puncture repair kit which he had stolen from his son.  I love that so much, just when you are almost down and out, someone appears out of nowhere to help you onwards.  Must get to Gallup where we can stock up on spares and hopefully enjoy July 4th celebrations.

Miles Cycled:  35 and the punctures keep on coming
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Lindy on

I am up to date!!!! I have at last worked out how to get the latest epistle - it has only taken over 10 months. Puncture count sounds horrendous - hope it decreases dramatically and that you have a great 4th July. Men's final today - my money is on Rafa - could be in and out of the house like a yoyo as the weather is lovely for a change
Take care Love Lindy

Elizabeth on

Oh the very cheek!! It was deemed that it would be easier to take no money as you would be gone for so long it would probably be worthless by the time you returned! So the winner gets the glory, and in my genius, to take you both out for an amazing slap up dinner to hear about every one in person!!!!!
ps..may have spent the money if I had taken it! hee hee

Spigs on

Hello lads,

Just had a little Sunday morning catch up. Amazing stuff. We LOVED the KOA campsites when we did our two road trips - so friendly and good facilites. Have to admit that we bailed out of our tent a few times in August last year around new Orleans as it was so hot - they had air conditioned little wooden cabins in that part of the country. Might be worth a look if you want to treat yourselves to a better night's sleep...Fantastic to read about the Grand Canyon adventure and all your days of difficult cycling. Stuff here is good. Saw Maddy and Clarey yesterday for a picnic in Littlehampton and there was much talk of you guys. So excited that it's less than two months until you come back and we're all well up for the cycling back from Gatwick. I was out on strike on Thursday which was good fun - marching around Brighton etc. Teachers look quite a funny bunch when they're all grouped together...Definitely getting into the end of term phase now (ie no lesson planning or marking happening) and cannot wait for the holidays. Stay safe and enjoy. Lots of love Xxx

triciagick on

So enjoyed our lovely, long banter on skype last night Pols - think seriously about getting out of hat desert! I love that man who purloined his son's puncture repair - what a goody. Betty and I are opting for a Pub lunch in the sun today - can't bear to be inside watching TV despite the promise of an amazing final - would have to leave before the end anyway as I shall have to pick Dad's up from his charter - was another Stag event and he just hasn't cottoned on to the fact that he's really not Stag age and it sounds from his call this morning that the Folley Inn got the better of him again! XX

Charlotte on

Sounds like, you've had a tough few days but keep your chins up..... reckon the 4th July celebrations will be very fun!!

I am currently at G&E's babysitting the wee man whilst E goes to get Echo - trip to the beach planned today as the weather is fantastic. Giles has his usual Sunday hangover as we were at a 50's style party last night, (loving the big skirts and neck scarves) so pleased to be hiding away from him for a little while he recovers :-)

Jamie and Edwina have gone to Cuba and E and G are moving at the end of the week so Williams Road will be a bit empty soon - really looking forward to your return though and the White Swan opens soon. The whole thing looks very promising and they even held an event on Friday when people could taste and vote on the beers and wines they are going to sell.

Giles and I have finally taken the plunge and have officially joined the sailing club. Very relieved that I won't have to sit there being terrified of being told off now :-) Feel like real grown ups (kind of)


Jojo on

Hopefully you two will be waking up to an amazing 4th of July celebrations - I hope you get the full works and have a great time after all you have been through! CJB says you should have kevlar tyres (I bet you could say a thing or two to him about that suggestion) I am frantically trying to find the original sweepstake for punctures - I know I have it somewhere. Williams Road was out on the water today - Elizabeth took most down to East Head on Echo and George was racing at Itchenor. Amanda has been playing cricket with Dom and CJB and I have been having a lovely time in the garden on our own - the calm before the storm of an invasion by family! Grown up is not all it's cracked up to be Charlotte - leave it out for a while!
LOL Jojo

Mum on

Ffion and Les came over today so we have had a nice lunch followed by a walk round the head.Glorious weather-lots of people having picnics on the point and lots of boats moored up.Still dissappointed about murray .Did not watch final .will catch highlights tonight.Blessed nuisance all those punctures.Lets hope you find a good shop and get everything sorted.Enjoy all the celebrations-Speak soonxxxxxxxxxxxxxWhat time is good for you?

Puncture Tally... on

Well a lot of people are now out of the running but the following are in;
Bob - 45, Spiggot 75, Clarey 82, Phillippa 100, Madddy 63, George 60, Charlotte 84, Edwina 77, Alex 41, Everyone else was tooooooo low! But at least they were being a lot more positive! ..Though Giles said you knew a man who only got 30 so he changed his down from 80 something to 22! Perhaps those below this number should get a chance at the per person average...
Love E xx

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