Dersingham 2015

edited October 2015 in EVENTS

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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