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Le Pneu Crevé — The Flat Tire!!

Flat tire

 

 

One flat tire per country. I thought we had “broken the curse” this time, I really did! You see, my husband and I have rotten luck with rental car tires. We went to Ireland two years ago, and we rented a car in Dublin. I always make the travel arrangements when we go on a vacation, so in order to avoid the “extra driver” fee, I just designate myself as the rental car driver.

In Ireland, the first thing I had to do was to get in a car with the steering wheel on the “wrong” side,  drive a manual transmission using my left hand to shift gears, drive on the “wrong” side of the road, and extricate myself from the largest city in the country, which was busy and full of roundabouts with a clockwise circulation. Gahhh! After a mere half-hour or so of panic, we got onto an autoroute and took a breath. Then we got off the autoroute and saw a “regular” Irish road; it was about a foot wide with stone walls on either side and a bus coming head-on. On the wrong side. Yikes!

Reaching our first stop, the ancient monastic site at Clonmacnoise, we got out of the car and heard a hissing noise. Probably nothing?  Riiigghhht.  We decided to enjoy the monument and deal with the tire later. Afterward, I went in to call the rental company (no, we hadn’t bought the “super-duper” insurance, so it wasn’t covered) and then to find a tire store. I mean, a TYRE store! My poor husband couldn’t find the info in the car’s manual because of the British spelling! So that’s why we bought a TYRE in Ireland.  The guys at the store were very nice to us.  Tyre salesmen are always nice, I think.

Last spring, we went to Montréal to visit one of the famous “Cabanes à Sucre” and to meet one of my French language exchange partners and some of her family.  C’était fantastique!  But…after having rented a car from a shady-looking character who I am convinced was part of the Russian mafia, we were in for another “adventure.”  I did not buy the super-duper insurance from Scary Russian Mafia Guy. There are a lot of potholes in Montréal. There is also a lot of construction. So we got to meet a really nice bunch of guys at a Canadian Tire Store too.

On our most recent journey, a month in France, I was expecting this to happen. As the French say, “Jamais deux sans trois,” which roughly translates to “never twice without a third time.”  We only rented a car for one week. I bought the super-duper insurance.  I checked the spare tire very carefully before taking off. I was extremely careful of potholes (des nids-de-poule, literally “hen’s nests”.) We returned the car with all of its original tires! I mean, tyres, euh…pneus ?  So, I don’t really know if French tire salesmen are très sympathiques (really nice), but I imagine that they would be!

But…was the curse really broken? Hélas, non! You see, my husband’s new walking shoes had a special “Air Vent” in the heel to keep his feet cool and cushioned. That’s awesome, until one malfunctions and begins squeaking with every step. When we got back, we took them back to the store where we were told that his pair had a *factory defect which equated to…a FLAT TIRE!  I suppose that as far as flat tires go, we could have done worse!

 

 

*the store was really awesome about exchanging the defective pair!

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19 Responses to “Le Pneu Crevé — The Flat Tire!!”

  1. anneyoungau

    So the curse is finished and you can look forward to rental car experiences without trepidation. I think manuals for cars are very badly indexed. My husband accidentally child-locked a window open and we drove for 100 km with an annoying open window before I stumbled on the explanation from reading the manual from cover to cover to about 85% through. I forget how they had indexed it but it was not intuitive! I missed a whole lot of New Zealand scenery while deciphering the intricacies of the Mitsubishi car.

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  2. MELewis

    Oh, dear, what an adventure! Kudos to you for having the hutzpah to drive in Ireland (or anywhere where they drive on the left!) And Montreal, I’m afraid, is rather full of such marginal mafioso types, along with the crumbling infrastructure. Sounds like you got lucky in France with only a heel problem. Vivent les voyages!

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  3. Vanessa D.

    I’ve had shoes that do that. Squeak with every step or worse take on water when you step in a puddle. Not new ones though, at least not yet.

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  4. Sammy D.

    That’s hilarious!! Well-written and well worth waiting for 🙂

    Driving in Ireland (or passenger-ing) was my most traumatic experience EVER!! We sideswiped a parked car in narrow street, overly crowded Cork and just kept on driving. It was a nightmare :-).

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    • jetgirlcos

      Glad you liked it, Sammy 🙂 I know you were waiting patiently so I hope it wasn’t anti-climatic !

      You know, I was much more nervous being a passenger in Ireland than a driver! That’s why I insisted on continuing to drive the whole time. Maybe as a pilot I have “control” issues 😉

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  5. Celine Jeanjean

    Haha when I first read the post I remembered how you posted a little fiction piece of an adventure following a flat tyre, and I was all “noooo, you got your adventure!?”. Not sure a trip to the shoe store counts as an adventure, but now at least you’ve had the ‘trois’. Next car rental will surely be flat tyre free!

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    • jetgirlcos

      No, not really an adventure, but I think it does count as “trois” and I had to write the flat tyre story somehow! Sammy was expecting it 🙂 We had other adventures on our trip! I have all this material for blogging now, and I’m not really sure what to do with it! I’m so disorganized :-p

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  6. Le Génie

    En france, nous sommes équipés en “Michelin” vendus par de sympathiques vendeurs en pneumatiques. Toutefois, pour certains touristes aux conduites à risques, nous les équipons de pneus vendus sur ce site : http://www.pneus-online.fr/pneu-auto/kelly/ . Cette marque de pneus est spécialisée dans les nids de poules anti-touristes…
    Malheureusement, nous n’assurons pas les chaussures à air matrimoniaux !

    très drôles tes histoires :=)

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    • jetgirlcos

      hahaha! “les nids de poules anti-touristes” ! Bien sûr les pneus marque “kelly” sont les meilleurs pour ça. C’est dommage que les chaussures à air ne soient pas assurés !

      (très drôle ton commentaire! 🙂 )

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