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Alice and the shogan/pajero

The adventure has begun and I hadn't even got the car from UK back to Norway.  I suppose this is a taste of things to come.

I flew to England on the 21st of September to collect the Mitsubishi Shogan that we had bought for the trip. I had a really busy weekend planned and it was going to be tough fitting it all in.  I took the train to my brothers in Eastbourne where the car was. Everything looked great and it was the first time I seen it.

The first challenge started the following morning when i turned the key and... nothing! So out came the jump leads and managed to get it started. Headed off on the 3 hour drive along the coast to Weymouth.

alice and shogan/pajero
Thought this would be enough to charge the battery and so when I pulled over to get some diesal I switched off the engine and, yes you've guessed it, when I tried to start it again, nothing. So now Im stranded at the petrol station. Bought a new set of jump leads and after several attempts at asking for help managed to get a jump start.

On arriving in Weymouth, I surprised my daughter by turning up at her house on her birthday. I was with her the week before so she wasnt expecting it. Her face was magical.

A quick trip to the shops and £100 !!! later a new battery was fitted and the shogan was great. I spent the rest of the weekend driving around friends houses collecting toys and clothes. They were fantastic and it was nearly full by the time I left.

Sunday afternoon I set off for the 7 -8 drive to Newcastle to take the ferry to Stavanger.

Juliet Lloyd. superstar. I knew I could rely on her to help.
.... And thats when it all went terribly wrong. :((

All was going great and I was only 1 hour away from Newcastle when all of a sudden I smelt oil, then I lost all power and the oil pressure dropped. Managed to get to the hard shoulder but couldnt quite roll up the slip road under a light. So there I am stranded, car covered in oil and very poorly. Didnt have a torch, so tried looking under the bonnet with the light from my phone. Quite comical looking back. Sat on side of the motorway for an hour!! waiting for assistance.  When they finally arrived they towed me to their garage which was less than 5 minutes from where I stopped. I cant work out why it took an hour!

I was put on a lorry and they drove me to The ferry terminal, where thankfully there was a new traval Inn motel, otherwise it was a night in the car.

Paul, Chris and Juliet.

It transpired that the oil flter had come undone and dumped all the oil from the engine. Very rare. The engine sounded awful but managed to drive it onto the ferry at least.

I had to spend 2 days sitting around waiting for the next ferry. There is a shopping outlet mall at the terminal so carried out a little bit of retail therapy.

The car is now back in stavanger and the engine is out. We will give it a full rebuild and hopefully we will have a really good car that we know well. 

I have to stay positive. Im a great believer that everything happens for a reason. Its better to find out now rather than on the way to Budapest or out in the desert.

We  have been invited  by the organisers to show us around Budapest and film us for next years Travel Channel documentary. I hope we can make it in time for this to happen.  A trav buddy on the TC, Kudos.

Today in Stavanger we were interviewed by the local press and they will do a feature on us this sunday. If its any good I will post it on the blog.

Thankyou to those of you that have shown interest in our project.  

Lonelytravelerwin says:
Film on travel channel??!! How cool is that ;o)
Can't wait to see that...great job John!
Posted on: Apr 14, 2008
tvillingmarit says:
I know I have been visiting this blog several times, I just had to come back.
Posted on: Apr 13, 2008
FlyDolphin says:
Heehee what an adventure. Looks like you gathered all the bad luck you could. And yes a reason for everything, now you used your 'bad luck quota' so should be good ;) I can related to the 'an hour before Newcastle' as my car driving down from Edinburgh, after stopping to get on petrol, started with a roar like an African lion and then continued to sound like it was about to explode. Turns out the bottom part of the exhaust had fallen of. Little do I know about cars but I needed to get to Newcastle so I continued to drive like that. So not anywhere near bad, but still your story made me think of it. We must have had this happen almost the same time, how funny.. Thanks for a good read!
Posted on: Oct 11, 2007
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Alice and the shogan/pajero
Alice and the shogan/pajero
alice and shogan/pajero
alice and shogan/pajero
Juliet Lloyd. superstar. I knew I …
Juliet Lloyd. superstar. I knew I…
Paul, Chris and Juliet.
Paul, Chris and Juliet.
Paul LLoyd and Chris, supposedley …
Paul LLoyd and Chris, supposedley…
Paul, Chris and Juliet
Paul, Chris and Juliet
marco wanted to donate his dinosau…
marco wanted to donate his dinosa…
Jan Fredrik handing over some dona…
Jan Fredrik handing over some don…
some of the toys and clothes colle…
some of the toys and clothes coll…
more toys and clothes
more toys and clothes
before the op
before the op
Im under there somewhere.
Im under there somewhere.
ready to lift the engine out
ready to lift the engine out
engine out. never done this before…
engine out. never done this befor…
Steve and poorly engine
Steve and poorly engine
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