First thing in the morning was to walk down to the center and find the bike shop. There was only one and it was a bit hidden in a back yard. The owner was slightly grumpy at the beginning because he had too much to do with repairs already. I told him that I need 20″ tubes with presta vents and he had nothing like this in storage and apparently they are really hard to get in the UK. Only bigger tubes with car vents as they are used in BMX bikes are available. But then he said I could bring the wheel and he will see what he can do. So back to the campsite, get the wheel (I took tire and tube off to make it easier) and back to the shop. They (a colleague arrived in the meantime) checked some things and realized there is no way to fix it.. But then they had the idea to fix my old tube or try something else with the tire. So back to the campsite again and get the rest of the stuff. I should have brought it at the first time of course.. But there was nothing else to do today anyway.
With everything at the shop they told me they will fix it. I should come back in half an hour. OK then.. Half an hour later, they really made it! They widened the vent hole in the rim to get a car vent through it, squeezed the too big tube into the tire and pumped it up successfully. In addition, they fixed one of my old tubes (the other one was completely destroyed). When I asked how much they get, the answer was just 5 pounds for the new tube! They even refused to take a tip with the explanation that they were happy to help a cyclist in need. Another great experience! The down side was that this repair was only provisionally. According to their opinion, it should be fine for a couple of more days but then I should change the tube again.
After all that I went food shopping, bought a Times and went back to the campsite. It was lunch time already so I had time to think about the next steps. I was staying at the campsite until tomorrow anyways.
Good that I found a spot for my hammock again. The weather is still stormy but no rain today at least.
I must say, I am getting tired of the trip. Now I am on the road for three weeks, the weather keeps to be pretty annoying and my knees start to hurt sometimes. Also it is a bit boring to this alone. I thought a couple of days more are alright but not three more weeks through rainy and lonely Scotland. So I will take the train soon and stay in Edinburgh area. Northern Scotland can wait for another visit. Probably not by bike though. Seems that there is not much alternative to the main roads and I experienced what that can mean in south England.
I was trying to take the train from Porthmadog but this turned out to be difficult. If you want to bring a bike you need to reserve it. So I called the train company to book it. They gave me a code I need to use at a ticket machine. But in Porthmadog is no ticket machine! So I would need to go to a station with a machine or I can not bring the bike. Interesting logic..
Anyways, tomorrow I will cycle to Bangor and get a ticket there. It has a better connection to the north as well.