2CV Alaska Challenge
March 13-15th 1999 - "Dress Rehearsal"
Trip to the Outer
of Lewis, Monday 15th March 1999
Petrol, petrol everywhere, but
not a drop to put in the car... today, Sunday, we ran out of petrol.
Problem being, that the Outer Hebrides is a very religious place and
everywhere's closed on the Sabbath day, including petrol stations (in all
the excitement, we had overlooked this fact).
We were taking the 6.15am ferry
on Monday morning from Stornoway back to the mainland. Stornoway is on the
Isle of Lewis, 35 miles to the north. 35 miles..? but without fuel
Stornoway might as well have been the dark side of the moon.
Jose and I stood on the side of
the road and had a lively debate about the petrol situation. The sheep
eyed us curiously. I was just ducking for the fourth time when I
remembered that we had a spare can of petrol in the back of the car. This
calmed Jose down, and the sheep relaxed a bit. However, there was only 5
litres in the can. Ordinarily, a 2CV would get 40 to 50 miles out of those
5 litres, but our 2CV was heavily laden with a full set of spare parts
(including a spare engine, gearbox, transmission system, suspension, etc.,
etc.), and those 35 miles to Stornoway were across the Harris Mountains,
and the road makes even 4WD's take a deep breath.
Jose and I took a deep breath
and a period of silence ensued between us. Feeling some need of solitude,
I went and sat up on the top of a nearby hill. Three of the sheep followed
me, and we all sat in quiet contemplation, gazing at grey rocks and green
heather, the streams, lakes and waterfalls, the ever-present sea studded
with mysterious islands, the huge sky with its racing clouds, and for a
moment there we almost discovered God... the petrol crisis would resolve
itself, one way or the other, in the morning.
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