Day 01 – Friday 27th May
Plans go awry
The plan was for me to travel down to Glyn’s. I had planned to visit my uncle, too, but he was unavailable. So I finished off some work related stuff & set off at 4pm.
I checked the state of the motorway traffic with it being a Bank Holiday weekend. I decided to go “the country way” via Buxton, Ashbourne & Lichfield through the Derbyshire & Staffordshire countryside. This then made me think of a Plan… so I arranged to meet up with Glyn in Lichfield for a beer & something to eat. It was a place that neither of us had been for a long time.
Driving past the limestone quarries just south of Buxton, I noticed what appeared to be a plume of white dust behind my car but thought nothing of it. The countryside in that area is covered with a fine layer of limestone dust from the blasting operations at the local quarries.
However, by the time that I’d reached Ashbourne, I realised that it was a little more “home grown”. It wasn’t dust, but smoke coming from the engine. Eeek!!
Just outside of Ashbourne, I pulled over & had a phone conversation with my mechanic – Ashley . He had only finished putting the engine back together on Wednesday evening. As he was going out with his family, we agreed that I’d get in touch with the AA. Meanwhile there was a small pool of diesel forming underneath the engine!!
After an hour, & spot on to their ETA, the AA man in his yellow van arrived. After some digging around, he spotted that one of the new fuel lines had come off its injector. It was pumping diesel out (the mpg is bad enough without assistance like this in using the stuff!!). Fortunately, the AA man was able to fix it in place with a cable tie. He suggested that I head back home to get it checked properly by Ashley.
So a phone update to Glyn revealed that he’d missed the last bus home… or rather it hadn’t turned up. So now he was going to head out to Cannock first, before being able to head to Walsall & home. We planned to (hopefully) meet the next day providing that the car was sorted & he’d managed to find a way home!
All the way home as I passed pub after pub, I wondered why I’d not stopped & waited at one of those for the AA man & instead waited in a layby!