Every tunnel has light at the end

So Paulo who replied to a post on a Spanish motorhome forum turned out to be a great help. His mother is Irish so his English was very good. It also turns out that he is part of a management group for motorhome aires in Galicia. Not only that but his boyhood friend is Daniel, who happens to manage a Peugeot dealer in Pontevedra. 🙂

So off I went to visit Daniel who quickly established that the water pump had indeed gone but to replace it meant a whole new timing belt and kit. That’s actually fair enough, most non-dealer garages would recommend this too. Amazingly they booked it in for the next day and had the whole thing done in 3 hours flat. He showed me the damaged pump, it’s 14 years old and had simply worn out.
What I liked was that I already had an auxiliary belt that I was going to fit anyway and I also had a whole set of plates that protect the engine and timing gear, and they fitted those parts for me. I’d bought them after having the engine refurbished as at some stage of the engine coming out and going back in the top one had been cracked and broken. The timing belt was totally exposed to the open and in fact there were other problems with the engine going back in such as a damaged EGR cooler and downpipe, damaged fuel filter and a variety of other things. Chris Ritchie in Barrow is a decent mechanic but I think he simply took on a job that was too big for him.

Anyway, I’m very happy with the job the garage did and the overall price was a reasonable amount, less than I’d pay in the UK just for a timing belt. they’re at A Carballeira, 57, 36143 Salcedo, Pontevedra, Spain, and this is their website
I went back the next day to get a rocker cover gasket because I now think that’s the source of the oil leak. I also ordered 2 more FibreFix tapes. I was most impressed that I’d got this far thanks to the FibreFix bandage and the GunGum over the top. But FibreFix do a proper bandage designed for high heat applications so I ordered 2 of them from Amazon and some fire cement. I’ll pick them up at the weekend from the post office in Pontevedra. That should make a semi permanent repair to the split on the catalytic converter pipe.

 

Where I stayed: Pontevedra, Pontevedra, Spain. N42.43302, W-8.6356. Free toilet dump and fresh water, 72 hours max stay per month.

 

Mountain bike and his coat of ‘no’ colours

Something else that suffered in the storm was the cover on my mountain bike. It was a Halfords one for £20 and by far the best bike cover I could wish for. However there was no way it could withstand the 113 mph winds especially as it already had tears in from where I’d reversed into trees. And walls. And gates. And lamp posts. Anyway…I went into Halfords here but they only had the cheap but good covers meant for bikes sitting in the yard or whatever. But I found a huge cycle shop called Tiso’s in Inverness and they sold me a cover for £20 which I thought was a good price til I got it back to the van and found it was cheap rubbish.

Honestly, you know those plastic tarpaulins you get from the £ shop? They’re useful for many things, this cover is literally 2 of those, laid on top of each other and 3 sides stitched. I am not kidding they are a total and utter piss-taking rip off. I really can’t find any way I can return it as it is what is says on the package, a plastic tarp rain cover for a bike.

Biggest load of shite I’ve ever spent £20 on and Tiso’s brand themselves as all things to all cyclists with an aim for quality and customer service. BOLLOX!! Anyone selling this shite should sell if for £5 as a budget option to those who want a stopgap cover.

I did manage to get it on the mountain bike, although it’s perfectly square shape doesn’t help and means a lot of space is wasted. Also because of that the bike pedals, chain bottom and almost half the wheels are exposed and anyone with a mountain bike knows what salt spray can do to a bike. It’s going to have to do until I can find another Halfords one, which covers the whole bike. Or any cover really which is not just cheap shite plastic bag.

Tiso’s I won’t ever buy anything from you whilst here because if you sell this utter crap as the only bike cover you sell, then what other cheap crap have you got for sale?