Check out the planned route page and scroll down - it's got lots of colourful little flags!
That's all you need to get your APK keuring on a car that's not ready for the road just yet...thanks Dawid!
Noticed the blue door? That was Tomek's big surprise for me, as I love cars with one door in a different color. It makes a car look like it's been through some rough times (and believe me, this one has!) Everybody laughed at us (and many more will surely) but I LOVE it. Tomek did call it "my door" as if I would be sitting on that side of the car most of the trip. We'll see about that.
We are back in Wojcieszyce! Tomek spent 2 very VERY cold weeks in a tiny garage in Wroclaw. He discovered that a lot of things that were supposed to be fixed by the mechanic, were not fixed at all...He was supposed to be there for 2 days and then drive the car back to his parents place in Wojcieszyce. I joined Tomek in Wroclaw after a week of phone calls full of disappointment about all the things that had not been fixed.
With a lot of help of Sergiusz the super-mechanic and his lovely girlfriend Ania, Tomek managed to get a lot of reperations done. At one point, the car could actually drive! Tomek and Sergiusz went for a test drive in the dark while Ania and I waited by the heater in the garage. Unfortunately the car only got as far as 500 meters before the brakes blocked on the snowy road!
We drove out into the dark in Sergiusz's tiny Cinquecento, aimed the headlights at the Pajero and checked what was going on. We needed to get the car to another garage where the front bridge and exhaust pipe could be fixed. We got the car going again and made it (kind of) ok to drive to the other garage.
This was a bit of a mission since a few vital car parts were missing and the car looked a real mess without its rear window, only 2 seats and 30 or so car parts and tools flying around in the back. We had to dodge a police car just when we had to stop at a petrol station to fill the bridges with oil. That's not a fun job to do in the dark in minus 5 degrees lying on your back in the snow. (respect Sergiusz & Tomek!!).
We finally dropped off the car at the new garage, and all 4 of us got in the Cinquecento, finally on our way back to a nice cup of tea and some warm food. BUT, the tiny car ran out of gas!! We pushed it to the nearest petrol station (luckily we were not pushing the Pajero) finding out that the petrol station was closed. With a small feeling of INJUSTICE we were waiting for a taxi when a guy stopped and towed us to a gas filling station. He told us that he ran out of gas for his car that same morning and someone towed him, so this was his way to pay back for the nice gesture. Our little bit of luck on this crazy cold night of hopeless events!
We stayed at Sergiusz and Ania's appartment and finally had our cup of warm tea, watching "we love Russia" clips on YouTube (highly recommended!)
In search of "new" car parts, we went to a huge 4x4 junkyard. Finding our way through the car labyrinth, we found the part we needed (which ended up not being the part we needed...of course, but it was an adventure anyway).
The guys at the garage tried very hard to get the car ready for the road, but it was too much of a risk to drive in the state it was in. I took the train back to Tomek's parents town, and Tomek's cousin Dawid drove out to Wroclaw with a trailer to pick up Tomek and the Pajero. They arrived back home at 4 AM to a warm welcome of a sleepy mum, me and some Polish style midnight snacks.
It wasn't all misery in Wroclaw of course; we had some big laughs over late night dinners with Sergiusz, Ania, Roxi, Werpota and Damian. And we had some time to walk around, enjoy the sunny city, have a coffee and a beer. (Ivar & Oktawia, that last picture is for you!)