Monday 3rd November 2014, Swansea.
We have now done most everything we had to do with regard to repairs after the blown tyre. I have purchased two new tyres, which have been placed on as spares with the two tyres purchased two years ago on and working. The idea is that in a few years, when the workers are 5 years old, the spares will be swapped with the workers, and the workers will become spares. Then when the then workers are 5 years old the spares can be replaced with new ones and become the workers, with the then workers becoming spares because of their age. It all sounds complicated, but to me it seems logical so we then will be replacing tyres every 5 years with all of them doing a fair bit of work.
I didn’t mention the other day about our stroke’(s) of luck when the tyre blew out, we were fortunate that when we came to a stop we were parked in the white line painted section of bitumen between the highway and an off ramp which gave me a bit more room for replacing the wheel. Then just after I started an NRMA tow truck pulled up and parked behind me with his orange warning lights flashing giving all traffic a better warning than my hazard lights would, and they all then gave us a wide berth. This made it a much safer situation, my thanks to them considering they didn’t even put in a claim for payment for their time.
I do still have a couple of things to do with repairs before we go, but they are small tasks that can be done at any time. One of the things is to take off the wheel again to place the dust cap outer cover on the wheel, as I forgot it while the wheel was off. The other is to repair a leak in the tank water pipe that was damaged by the tyre fragments as they dispersed under and out from the caravan, I have the parts so it can be done any time.
We met up with some travelling friends, Coll and Jean, yesterday and had a scenic tour around the Newcastle area. We met them in Beachmere and promised that when we were in their area we would call in for a visit.