[Images by Koen]
What a mad comedy!
Tim discovered, in the first 10 metres, that his rear tire was flat.
I pulled out my small pump and tried, in the dark, to put some air in the tire...on failing, I concluded that my pump worked only on wheels fitted with racing valves. [At the end of the tour I was telling this story to my friend who owns the bike shop where I purchased the pump, and he showed me that the pump does work on mountain Bikes...one of the facts that fell out of my head when I damaged my brain!].
So we walked a few metres to the restaurant where we ate dinner the previous night. The Owner was there, and he offered his fine Pump for our use. We added air and it stayed inside...we suspected a practicle joker has let down the tire in the night! In minutes we were mobile.
1500 metres lated and Tim's front tire was flat! We walked 100 metres to a shop that was open and active. The lady in charge offered the use of her pump. "Brilliant" Ray had already realised that this was a real puncture...he whiped off the wheel, removed the tube, and discovered a large thorn through the tire...another joke? No problem...Ray was carrying a spare tube! The loaned pump failed to operate as required, but a Young Man appeared on the scene, took the wheel to a compressed air outlet in the back of the shop, and inflated the tire. All good!
The locals were friendly and helpful, and refused our offer of payment for services provided.
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