Creative solutions

I’m not really over the flu, but the incoming travel agents were short of guides so I did a 3-hour excursion.

On the way back it got interesting. La Palma’s roads tend to be narrow and twisty, and they’re usually widening and straightening one somewhere. Of course, while the work’s going on, the road is usually narrower than ever. In this case, we found a crane on the back of a blue lorry, which meant that the lorry had the sideways stabilizers out (anyone know the proper name for these things?) so moving it would be slow and complicated. It blocked a little over half the road. We waited for about 5 minutes while a long lorry coming the other way inched round it. Part of the problem was the tree opposite the crane-lorry, which would clearly scratch the paintwork of any high vehicle getting past. One of the men working on the road jumped up between the lorry’s tractor and trailer to push branches out of the way. and they got it through.

Our bus driver was muttering about scratching the paint on the bus. I tried to work out how I could get up onto the bus’s roof to do the same. 54-year-old, overweight, fluey me. I couldn’t see it happening.

Then the JCB driver made, “Wait!” signals at us, and this happened.

Well that was a creative solution. It must have made it easier for any other big vehicles that had to get past, too.


Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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