A flat welcome

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With Andrew navigating, we somehow miss the A246 which will take us to an area that we know will have camping and local transport into the city.  Find ourselves driving right through the middle of Barcelona on a Monday afternoon public holiday and huge areas of the road undergoing road works with deviations to decipher in Spanish.  Suddenly a fellow motorist tells me that I have a tyre going flat on the right hand rear and we pull over immediately into the left hand lane where I was attempting to do a left hand turn at traffic lights on a one way street!

Put out the warning triangle and don the reflective vests required by European law.  Andrew losens the wheel nuts and jacks up the van as the tyre continues to deflate while I lower the spare and try to locate the lock nut key!  I have to ring Greg back in Lee-on-Solent Hampshire and he tells me about the secret compartment on the back floor covered by carpet.

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  With all ready we attempt to remove the wheel.  It won't come off.  I put the spare wheel under the side runner incase the van falls off the jack and we kick the wheel in true Jax Tyres fashion.  I have worked in the tyre industry and have watched the guys remove reluctant wheels but they often resort to a rubber mallet to whack the wheel and we don't have one of those!  We pull it, kick it prise it, curse it and pull at it again.  Three lanes fo traffic inch their way around us and curious bus passengers idly watch from their air con bus.  We ask some removalists if they can help and they say, no.  My youngest daughter take this moment to text message me to ask where we are.  Tersly I text back telling her "in the mddle of Barcelona trying to remove a flat tyre".
From the top deck of the sight seeing bus
  " Oh great.  I loved Barcelona.  Mae sure you see the Gaudi buildings and is it your tyre?" she responds.  Finally I approach two young males ans ask them if they might be strong enough to get our wheel off.  They try to no avail and an older man stops, sits down and eventually wiggles the wretched tyre off.  Thank him profusely and finish the job.

Find the ring road and Castelldefries with great difficulty and a camp ground.  After pitching the tent and soaking our washing we walk to the beach, have some pizza and beer.  Wake next morning to another flat mattress.  We are under a flight path and the planes start taking off at 7am on the dot.  Drive around to find a tyre place as the puncture was in the sidewall and therefore is not repairable.

The yet to be finished Gaudi cathedral
  Wonder what I caught up against amongst the road works?  Find one and we are happy again after spending 98 euros for a Kumho.  Lunch at the caravan park then catch a local bus for 1.20 euros into town.  Take a double decker tour bus which takes about 2 1/2 hours to see the sights. 

Many of Gaudi's buildings are featured on the tour and they remind me of Alice in Wonderland type of thing.  Turrets and wiggly shapes.  To end our day in the city we walk through La Rambla with thousands of others looking at the shops and stalls.  Bus back for dinner and a long sleep.  France is tomorrow's destination.

 

 

 

 

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