So this morning, after waiting ages for the coach to turn up because the usual Monday trafic held up it's progress, and once all the Gadabouts were safely on board, we got underway and made the first stop at Watford gap without incident. 40 minutes later we were once again on the move and after another couple of hours made the services at Newbury for the next scheduled stop. We were all back on board and about to set off when Paul our driver realised there was a problem with the coach. The front right tyre was flat as a pancake..... but, as pointed out, only at the bottom mind! This made it impossible for us to proceed and only one thing for it, call for help. Having sat on the bus for over an hour eventually a very nice man in his van arrived with new tyre. Now we fully expected to be told to disembark while the wheel came off and tyre changed but we were all very surprised (including the driver) when we were told to stay on-board. Turns out this chap could removed the tyre without removing the wheel only using two tyre levers and a dirty great hammer. After a lot of brute force, pulling, pushing and heaving the old tyre was off and the new one fitted and all done in 30 minutes. Three cheers for the man in the van.
|Shelia Gadabout organiser|
|The culprit. A bolt|
|New tyre going on|
|Swimming pool. Could be a bit chilly this time of year|