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We were woken up by call from garage around 10:00. They told us it would be about $700 Canadian to fix the car, which back then was only $518 USD. So we got up and went to the garage (which was just across the street). They told us that the fuel pump that had been installed in Iowa City had been a used, rebuilt fuel pump and had failed. They also explained a bit why it was so expensive, but I don’t think I really got that. Anyhow, we gave the go ahead to fix the car.
We walked around the town and found there was absolutely nothing to do. It was your typical small town with nothing really going on. We got breakfast at a sketchy-looking diner, but it turned out to be pretty good. Again it was difficult to overcome the language barrier. I saw that they had crepes on the menu, and got excited for that, but when they just brought out regular pancakes I realized my mistake.
Anyhow, went back to the motel room and just relaxed the whole day. Sean finished Without Remorse, and I finished Mona Lisa Overdrive while reading more Aesop’s Fables (which I quite enjoyed).
After a few hours we went back to the garage and they told us that the car was done, but they hadn’t had time to call us. Since it was already late we decided to stay in Buckingham another night, which was actually a decision already made since we had booked one more night and there wasn’t any refunds. So the rest of the night was me reading and writing, and Sean played Metal Gear Solid on his gameboy. And of course we repeated our tradition of watching Family Guy and Futurama before bed.