As break-downs go, today’s has to rank as the best. In fact, I would go as far as to say it was awesome to the point of looking planned. It wasn’t. It was in fact totally unexpected as most break-downs are, especially in a van only a year old.
Having passed from Faversham, crossed the M2/A299 junction and joined the A2 heading towards Canterbury, all seemed in order. The BMW in front of me indicated the driver was leaving the A-road for Dunkirk and duly did so. My way was clear. Only the clutch had other ideas. I went to change gear but couldn’t find the clutch pedal. Initially, I thought I’d missed it. But no, it was still there – stuck to the cockpit floor.
By this point I realised I was on a descent and I had enough momentum to keep me going. So, I popped my hazard-lights on and guided the stricken vehicle on towards the lay-by I knew to be a mere hundred yards away. And there, in all its empty glory, was my target. I rolled in majestically, parked up, called in the break-down, booked a recovery vehicle, and went for a coffee and a read of my book in the cafe the other side of the hedge.
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