Posted by: kathandroger | March 2, 2010

3 wheels on my wagon…

Another spring like day today. It isn’t going to last though. As Evylene Dheliat said on the weather this evening – today we had mid April temperatures, by Friday we’ll be back to mid-January. It’s a good job we are in Carrefour most of Friday and Saturday, collecting for Les Restos du Coeur! 

Anyway, it was a lovely day so we decided to go out for a spin on the road bikes – the first reasonable ride of the year. We passed many of our local sites and stopped for a coffee in the spa town of La Roche Posay. We were last there in the good weather when it was heaving with visitors – quite a contrast today, though the noise levels were kept up by the locals playing petanque in the square. Sounded like quite a match. Here are some of our local sites: 

Beautiful Chateau de La Guerche down the road

La Roche Posay

The River Creuse

(It was a nice day, but definitely not nice enough to canoe in bikinis….). 

About 7 km from home we noticed a car in the distance that had stopped in the middle of the road. As we approached we noticed that it was leaning a bit to one side – because the front wheel had come off. It was an old Renault 4, slightly worse for wear, much like Monsieur who was wandering around muttering. He clearly had no jack or tools of any kind with him, so getting the wheel back on was going to be a challenge. He didn’t even seem to know how to open the bonnet. I walked back to where the wheel had clearly parted company with his vehicle (evidenced by the groove cut into the road surface) and found a nut. I would imagine this was the only one of the three that had been holding the wheel on for some time.  After a while we established that Monsieur lived about 200 metres away and there could possibly be a neighbour who could help. At which point a white van drew up and the driver’s knowing look was enough to tell us that this sort of happening was not unusual. Fortunately the neighbour had a jack and we were able to fix the wheel on with one of the rear nuts so that at least he could get home. The neighbour gave him a stiff talk about going to see the mechanic straight away…I wonder how many months he’ll be riding around on 2 nuts? And how on earth does a wreck like that (the car, not Monsieur) get through the control technique? Maybe Roger’s little car has nothing to fear after all…

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