Amelia Squariel: VMCC Letheringsett Run

With not a lot railway stuff occurring and the occasions calendar quickly diminishing, son Thomas and I took the chance to attend the Norwich & district part VMCC run to Letheringsett. We would needed to do one other journey out collectively this yr, and I might needed to do a VMCC run, so it was the proper alternative as it is the final run (however one) for the 2022 season.

The beginning was at Spooner Row, so I wanted to get to Tom’s after which to Spooner Row in time for a ten:30 begin. 

This could have been high-quality, had I not finished 60 miles on {a partially} full tank the day earlier than, getting my hair minimize.

I ran out of gas.

We stopped simply exterior Wymondham, and regardless of pulling the reserve faucet on I could not get the W/NG restarted. I checked the carburetter drain plug and there seemed to be gas, so out got here the instruments. The factors have been opening, and judging by Tom’s yelp there was a spark on the plug, so what might it’s?

Effectively, seems, having eliminated the float bowl prime to seek out no gas, the reserve faucet does not go liquids. Sloshing some over from the timing aspect had us going once more, again to the closest petrol station and onto the run.

I might not used Tulip sheets a lot, and the route curler was on the SQ4, however we made it to the tip with solely two or three errors – not all of them whereas I used to be within the lead. One time, I used to be satisfied I used to be misplaced on a lonely street; I finished to admit to Tom that I used to be misplaced, solely to seek out 4-5 previous bikes behind him…

Nonetheless, we made it in the long run, stopping on the water mill which was grinding flour and promoting tea and cake.

Once we have been all there, there was in all probability 25 bikes together with this 1952 SQ4 Mk1 we had adopted, and been adopted by, on the run:

We stopped for extra meals in Holt, on the best way dwelling.