Boolarra, Australia

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One of the tasks for today is to try and change the rear tyre on Carl’s bike. Thanks to James and Emily, we’ve been carrying a spare tyre since Bishkek as James gave us his old tyre. It’s been a bit of weight to carry, but after the problems we had in Almaty trying to get a new tyre, having a spare gave us huge peace of mind.

The first task is to break the bead on the tyre so it’s loose on the rim. We’ve found the easiest way of doing this is to use a vice, which thankfully one of Tony’s mates has in his workshop. This task seems to go ok, but it needed a lot of effort to break the bead and even then, only one side same off. Carl is hopeful that the other side will come off easier when we start to remove the tyre back in Tony’s garage.

Back in the garage, it’s hands on with the tyre levers. The last time we did a similar task was in Kanchanaburi, Thailand and that seemed to go quite well. This time however, it feels really difficult. One side of the tyre comes off, but the bead on the other side is still firmly fixed to the rim. We end up using the tow bar of Tony’s trailer, with two of us jumping up and down for five minutes before the bead eventually gives up its hold on the rim.

With the old tyre removed we then set to work putting James’ tyre on the rim. The first half of the tyre kind of went on ok, although amazingly Tony managed to snap one of the tyre levers. The second half of the tyre simply refuses to go on and Carl knows that it should be at least a bit easier than this. We’ve done the job a couple of times before and it is difficult, but this seems impossible.

We decide to give it a rest and try again in the morning. Instead, we take a drive to Port Albert for fish and chips by the sea. We leave at about 4.30 pm and to give some indication of how far people in Australia are prepared to drive to enjoy good fish and chips, we don’t end up getting back to Boolarra until 10.30 pm.

Jour 293 – Samedi 5 Février 2011. Boolara, Australie.

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Aujourd’hui, Carl va changer son pneu, il avait récupéré le pneu de James qui allait le mettre a la poubelle quand on était au Kyrgysztan, et on va enfin l’utiliser. La première chose a faire est de décoller le coté du pneu, et comme on a besoin d’outils que Tony n’a pas, Carl et Tony vont chez un de ses amis qui a ce qu’il faut. Ils reviennent ensuite pour finir de changer la roue dans le garrage chez Tony.

Ca se passe assez bien jusqu’a ce qu’il remarque que l’autre coté du pneu est encore collé a la roue, et on fini par réussir a l’enlever en utilisant le poids de la remorque a Tony sur le pneu.

Une fois que le vieux pneu est enlevé, on remet l’autre en place… enfin on essaye, mais on n’arrive pas, on n’est pas surs pourquoi, la derniere fois qu’on a fait ca ca s’est bien passé, on a du oublié une partie de la technique… Tnoy arrive même a casser un des leviers en forcant !

Comme on n’arrive pas, on décide de le laisser en place et on verra plus tard, avec un peu de chance on se rapellera comment le faire sans trop d’efforts.

Tony et Linda nous proposent d’aller manger un ‘fish and chips’ sur la cote, a Port Albert. C’est un petit port sympa, mais ca nous semble un peu loin : on part a 4h30 et on ne revient qu’a 10 heures du soir ! Mais c’est ce que font les Australiens, leur idée des distances est comme la taille du pays : c’est tout a fait normal de conduire deux heures pour aller manger un morceau !