Barcelona - Zaragoza

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


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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Today we all headed off at different times planning to meet at Montserrat a old monastery on and amazing mountain just out of Barcelona (it was amazing but heavily overshadowed by the following occurrences). Half the group got there early and left for Andorra before we arrived because Cy and Ants got us horribly lost trying to find a supermarket then they had a slight barney (we have all had many of these navigating our way around cities) and then they just about ran out of gas (not a good start to a long day!) we finally arrived saw the place and zeke still wasn't there.

He finally rang to say his van was almost dead so we found him and his exhaust was sheared off at the extrators so he got AA on the case but it took a couple of hours, sat around soaking up the sun then they finally showed up and winched the van onto the tow truck.  We followed zeke in the tow truck there until got we got a call over the walkie talkie 'major mechanical failure, turn around from Ants and Cy.  Stop following Zeke and turned around and went back down the road to find the 'Crank' on the side of the road with hazard lights on and Cy walking down the passing lane with a hi viz vest on to put the warning triangle out!! Pulled in front of them and got out to find their exhaust was lying on the road snapped off in front of the muffler. Cy managed to tie it up with a good old wire coat hanger (go the kiwi intinuity) when the cops turned up and said he had to get off road cos it was a dangerous place. Luckily they escorted them (sounding like a tractor) to a mechanic who amazingly welded it back together within an hour and a half for only 45 euro.....bargain! So back on the road and we hear from zeke and his van is almost fixed as well so we head off and he was supposed to meet us half way to Pamplona to camp for night, but an hour later he text to say he is totally dead now. The others had returned from Andorra and were behind us a way on the road to Pamps, so the next morning Hamish and Astro go back in one van to help Zeke whilst the rest head to camping ground out of Pamps, no more dramas but the lads couldn't help Zeke and had to leave him at a mechanics and come to Pamps.

What a day full of dramas!!
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