23rd July 2015:
Reputed to be the largest undercover Bazaar in the world. And it is big, the largest I have ever visited.
Strolling through the bazaar there was lots to see, lots to smell, and great people to meet.
I met and watched the Hubble bubbly man at work making the pipes that fit in the pots, the pig trotter seller, shared chai with a construction crew and was given free bread by the baker. I also met Ali, a tourist guide who collects messages from people from all parts of the world in a exercise book he carries around with him, a little bit like me have collected messages from people we have met on our cars. He even had messages from people in New Zealand and Australia that I read. I spent some time with Ali in a courtyard that forms part of the bazaar and was able to write a message in his book from the ‘Overlanders’ from Perth Australia.
Earlier in the day before setting off for the bazaar a group of people getting off a bus in the car park where our cars were parked came over to admire our cars. There was the now familiar signing of our cars ceremony. Only later did we notice they had also signed a car that was parked next to ours but not part of our little group. We are now all wondering what the owner of that car will make of it when he returns to his car and sees the writing.
The 504 is still not well. I think we were a little over optimistic that the clutch assembly had only minor damage and would make it to Paris. There is hardly any clutch left. We think the clutch assembly fingers are more badly worn than first anticipated. We have packed the clutch master cylinder with spacers to give the thrust bearing more travel and taken out the carpet to give the clutch peddle more travel. At the moment this seems to be working. In addition we have covered the rear of the master cylinder piston with synthetic grease to overcome the lack of pressure in the pedal movement which became noticeable after we had finished packing the master cylinder with spacers.
The temporary repairs seem to be working. Today we travelled over 500 kms and made it to Erzurum Turkey. Let’s hope tomorrow goes just as well.