Up shit creek...

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Hotel Werteim Pension, Praha 6

Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Friday, August 20, 2010

Headed to Munich, via McDonalds and Ikea! No WiFi at this Maccas, but clean free toilets at least. One of their breakfast items is scrambled eggs with a muffin. Looked nice, but Kel was trying to order a egg/bacon Toastie.

Stopped at Ikea just on the outskirts of Prague, Czech Repubic - pretty similar to Adelaide's. Same 2-storey layout, a lot of the same products, same Sweedish Meatballs! Upon leaving, the clutch felt a bit weird, and it was hard to get into 1st. At this point I said we need to get a mechanic to look at this before too much longer. We struggled grabbing gears and got around a couple corners before the clutch completely went. It looked like it could have just been the slave cylinder, or possibly the fork/linkage. We used the GPS to find a mechanic about a km away, so drove there without a clutch. When we got close, we stopped in a bus lane and went on foot looking. No mechanic to be found, only a big Diamond shop! The road we were on was very long, and i suspect the GPS got the numbering wrong. We phoned for roadside assistance, which took several attempts and waiting on hold for some time. After giving all the details, the operator was going to call back in 10 minutes to confirm how close the tow is. This didn’t happen, and after trying unsuccessfully half-hour later to try to call them back, we gave up. We called another mechanic about a km away, and spoke to someone who could speak a little bit of English, but was very unsure about what an LDV van was. I said we’d come visit anyway, and we set off on another clutchless journey! We planned the route, but managed to have to travel up some big hills and also came to a dead end. Clutchless driving is fun when you have a clutch to use as a backup. But its a pain in the arse when you approach red traffic lights and have to stop and keystart, or turn a corner and are confronted with a big hill which needs a blip and flick back to 1st – miss that and its all over. Or when you approach a T junction and are trying to sneak around without stopping. Anywhoo, we made it to the garage, which is a truck repairer!

We spent the afternoon here, only one manager who spoke reasonable English, but was quite helpful. No one here has seen an LDV before, they are a UK company. His parts supplier for Czech gets LDV parts from the UK, and it would take him a week to get them. He suggested arranging from the UK myself. Spent about 2 hours in his office calling different LDV dealers. Struggled to find one who would take over-the-phone payment, and i still needed to organise my own freight. Cut a long story short, we’ve got a whole new clutch assembly and slave cylinder on the way, should be here Monday or Tuesday. The manager (George) recommended a hotel, made a booking, and even dropped us off there. When we arrived, we realised why he walked us into the reception – he wanted to see Regina, the receptionist who was revealing enough to make Trav uncomfortable and look at the paintings on the wall.

So we are staying in a reasonable hotel just a tram’s distance from the centre of Prague. Free internet and daily breakfast is included. We can think of worse places to be stranded!
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Dad Birdie on

Bugger..........i hope the clutch probs don't put too much of a dampener of the travelling. More great times ahead T & K. xo

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