Dersingham 2015
  • 380 miles.

    Some of you will know what that means straight away, other
    will have to be told that is the distance Lurch carried me from when I set out
    from home on Friday morning to when I returned back on Monday afternoon from
    the Dersingham weekend.

    In a bit more detail, I packed Lurch with camping gear, a
    selection of spares and set off. A nice day for a drive as it wasn’t too hot or
    too cold. No bright sunshine either as Lurch doesn’t have sun visors so not a
    good idea to drive into the morning sun if you can help it. At a leisurely
    pace, we wended our way towards London. Biggest problem is the river Thames
    crossing. I could head for the Dartfod crossing and fight with the lorries
    going through the tunnel, but as they have now removed the toll booths you have
    to either pay in advance or within 24 hours of having made the crossing. Who
    know if I will have signal on my phone at Dersingham in order to pay over the
    phone or via the Internet and then there is the hassle of not knowing if the
    tunnel control people will take exception to a Haflinger crawling through the
    tunnel without an escort!

    So in the end I headed for the Blackwall tunnel which I know
    is easy enough to travel through even if you have to brave three lane traffic
    to get to it. At least the speed limit is 50 mph at maximum and 40 MPH in the
    bits that matter.

    So on to the A10, it is the easiest road to use to get out
    of London as it is two lane dual carriage way with only traffic lights to hold
    you up. Again most of it out to the M25 is 40 or 50 mph speed limited. Uneventful
    trip as far as Dersingham to meet up with the people who had arrived before me
    – how long did it take? 5 hours give or take a bit as I had a couple of rest
    stops on the way up curtesy of the anti high blood pressure tablets I have to
    take. The way they keep your blood pressure down is by limiting the amount of
    water in your system, so stops become necessary!

    Anyway, be that as it may, Put the tent up – yet another new
    one as the wind in Holland wrecked the big 6 man one I have and the small 2 man
    popup tent is really too small for a camp bed and a bag of clothes. So with
    help from onlookers who became participants, tent went up and things unloaded.
    Next on the agenda was supper – portion of chips as I had already consumed sandwiches
    prior to arriving.

    I can’t remember the dream I was having as I was rudely
    awaked at some dreadful hour of the morning by the local Rooster!

    Leisurely breakfast whilst getting ready for the road run – including
    managing to wreck 2 jacks trying to change a set of tyres on a Haflinger - which
    turned out not to have been planned beforehand but never the less was suitably
    interesting. A strange amphibious vehicle which somehow was classed as a north
    sea ferry was operating from Hunstanton. During our preamble round the
    countryside we managed to drive round the rain!

    Most of the rest of the afternoon was spent talking to those
    who had made it Dersingham even if it was only for a couple of hours – shame
    more don’t bother to come. I wonder if they think – I’ve done it some many
    times in the past and it’s always the same! Well, why not come and then suggest
    something different to do? We were all for parking up in front of Sandringham
    to get a photo and taking bets on how long it would be before the Rosser’s would
    be out to move us on, but for some reason we just drove straight passed!

    Evening meal at the pub, but if more people turn up we will
    have to find a bigger pub! So I suppose we don’t really want all rest of the
    club membership just to turn up! A bit of notice and I saw a big Indian
    restaurant just down the road which I am sure we could book.

    Those that wanted to enjoyed driving through the new
    obstacles which have been made at site. Lurch’s gearbox has become nosier since
    I have owned him, so maybe this winter I am going to be forced to do some major
    work on him. The week end also saw the end of his exhaust system! We drove home
    with both heat exchangers blowing, so I had to disconnect the hot air heating
    to prevent getting gassed! That made the cab cold and I am quite habituated to
    being able to pull the cable and heat the cab to above the outside temperature.

    Trip home apart from being cold and very much noisier than
    the trip going was equally uneventful, similar length of time including the
    dreaded “rest stops”. I now get strange noises on the overrun as well as the
    whine which as I say, probably means lots of work to be carried out. If I don’t
    make any treffen’s next year that’s probably the reason.

    I do wonder how many of the members of the club actually
    have Haflingers and of those that have, how many have a means of transport for
    said Haflinger? You would have thought that as the average age of the clubs
    members is over the retirement age that they would have time to get out and
    about. Maybe it is all down to disposable income – nobody has any anymore!

    Till the next time.

    John and Lurch

  • Thanks for that John, although we attended the Event its nice to read about it, more or less just finished my account of the proceedings for inclusion  in the next Magazine, your account will be published as well.
    PS sorry for breaking your jack.  Regards Pete 

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