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Hollage

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    Osnabrück Canal near Wallenhorst

    August 18, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    A metre seperates Martha Motorhome from the 6ft tall field of sweetcorn to our left and our windscreen view is of the Osnabrück canal and its loose gravel and grass towpath. The narrow country road behind us is just an access route so only a few vehicles pass by while we are here.

    As Vicky started the engine this morning, Will was looking even more pleased with himself than usual. He eventually pointed out that the oil warning light was no longer flashing on the dashboard display. We had recently filled the oil tank but the warning light needed to be reset. We were going to wait until we visited our old garage when we returned to West Midlands in December, but instead Will had spent hours researching how to do it and after following several bits of advice that didn't work, he carried out the following set of instructions:
    1. Turn ignition key
    2. Press the gas pedal and hold it
    3. Press the brake pedal 7 times without releasing the gas pedal
    4. Keep pressing the gas pedal for 60 seconds
    5. Release the gas pedal and turn off the ignition
    6. Wait for 60 seconds
    7. Turn on the ignition and start the engine.

    It reads like some practical joke that would get you looking round for hidden cameras but sure enough it worked! One less thing to worry about- well done Will!

    The distance we covered was shorter today than yesterday so despite the continuing congestion, road works and traffic jams we arrived just before 1pm. Following lunch we spent some time sorting out travel arrangements for Will's visit to Croydon hospital; we can't thank Will's sister and brother in law enough for their help with this - the van wouldn't exactly fit into a hospital parking bay.

    After watching dozens of cyclists pass by on the towpath, we worked up enough enthusiasm to get the tandem out and managed 6km along the countryside waterway before the track turned to grass and we were met with a large gate and fence surrounded by razor wire. We took it as a sign it was time to turn back but nevertheless really enjoyed our excursion.
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