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We had another enjoyable day in the Camargue. Very hot day again. Unbelievable it is September now. We travelled to the south coast to a small town called Salin-de-Giraud. Not a lot there and everything closed over lunch time. We moved on and head to Port-St-Louis-du-Rhone, which is just around the corner. We discovered we had to board a ferry, which brings us over the River Rhone as on the river delta is no bridges.

Very nice port and a lot of yachts. Some folks must have a lot of money. We have seen a very nice sailing boat which came over from the Caribbean. Must be lovely to sail around the world.

Very nice place and we have spend the hole afternoon here before we headed back to our camp site.

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We found a nice place to stop at Ste-Marie-Plage, just north of Perpignan with a lovely and clean sand beach. Also the camp side was great and first class. We had direct access to the beach and it took us only a minutes walk. Weather could be not better.

Stunning sunrise

Very clean beach

We had the swimming pool for our self. Hardly any people there.

Camp side between the trees and very quiet.

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We went on the move next morning heading east to Toulouse and half way there we decide to make a stop in Lourdes, one of the great shrines in Europe to visit the Grotte Massabielle.

We travelled  further to St. Gaudens and then via the Midi Pyrenees in to Spain to a small town of Bosset which is on the foot of Sierra Sascorjada. There we stayed over Night.

 

After an early start next morning we heading to Andorra but driving the small mountain roads from Vielha  to Salardu, Port de la Bonaigua which has a stunning view from over 2000 meter. Unfortunately the fog has spoiled it but we still had a great time despite the road been very challenging for the Land cruiser.

Further to Vall d’Aneu, Sort and the Coll the Canto to Seo de Urgel  which brings us to Andorra la Vella. We stopped for a meal and of course very cheap fuel. We wished the Land cruiser had bigger Diesel tanks.

We continued on afternoon via Pas de la Casa in to France and was heading to Perpignan where we planned to stay for a view days.

Replace wiper assembly

Over time, I noticed the the windscreen wipers were starting to become out of alignment; obviously this is through the age of the car (and possibly the British weather!)

Luckily I was able to purchase the whole assembly for a decent price, and it was not very difficult to remove the old one.

Whilst the assembly was removed, this gave me a good opportunity to thoroughly clean it out.

Only four bolts was needed to remove the wiper motor, and to connect it to the new assembly was no problem.

Winter Driving

Arriving in the Alps on our annual vacation, we are very fortunate with fresh snow. this has given us the opportunity to test the Nokian Hakkapeliitta in their full potential.

We had no snow chains with us, despite it being mandatory on the roads with which we have driven through. Even driving down the mountains we had no issues.
We are very happy with the tyres and of course with the Land Cruiser.
We have definitely made the right choice with the brand of winter tyre used.

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Auxiliary Tank – completion

Finally I have finished the auxiliary tank. Frontrunner claim it takes 6 hours to complete the task, it has taken longer then i thought. Then again my extra paint jobs and the preparation took a lot of time. It was fairly easy to lift the tank in to the prepared brackets  and bolting it up. It was also easy  to install the spare wheel carrier it was a very tight fit needless to say.

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I had great difficulty to fit the supplied hose for the connection between the aux. tank and the main tank. The hose is only 4 inches long  and needed to be connected to the original filler pipe. As the connection is to close to the crossmember No. 7,  I could not get a proper seal on it and I ended up using my old rubber tank filler hose instead. The hose clamp – circled –  was a nightmare to tighten. Eventually I got this right too. I hate to think that one day I will have to replace the hose.

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Filler pipe from auxiliary tank to main tank. The small pipe is the vent pipe from main tank which is now connected near to the filler cap.

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Main tank with new protector. It is much easier to remove the exhaust to fit the tank in place. I could save myself a lot of time if I  had removed it before hand.

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Some modification needed on the tank inlet pipe for the extra breather hoses.

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The spare wheel is slightly lower to the ground.

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