Island Hopping

Well, this morning Herman went on his first great adventure; me and Mazza’s long trek [well, about 140 miles] down to visit my mate Baz in Anglesey for the Easter weekend.

Hulme to Anglesey - Herman adventure no. 1
Hulme to Anglesey - Herman adventure no. 1
Hulme to Anglesey [Close-Up]- Herman adventure no. 1
Hulme to Anglesey [Close-Up]- Herman adventure no. 1

No problems whatsoever on the way down; Herman cruised along quite happily at around 55mph, topped 65mph a few times on the downhill bits and even scaled the dizzying heights of 67mph during one particularly ferocious overtaking manoeuvre on a trundling-along caravan. He even got us there on less diesel than GULG used to use, which was a nice bonus!

Approaching the Menai Bridge
Approaching the Menai Bridge
Punky the dashboard penguin's eye view of our crossing the Britannia Bridge into Anglesey
Punky the dashboard penguin's eye view of our crossing the Britannia Bridge into Anglesey
Our hero and role-model at the wheel, crossing the Britannia Bridge into Anglesey
Our hero and role-model at the wheel, crossing the Britannia Bridge into Anglesey
Herman, relaxing in his rustic surroundings
Herman, relaxing in his rustic surroundings

On the journey home, I had the old familiar problem of Herman running like a bag of shite when I first started him up. A quick whip off of the engine cover revealed that, as expected, I had my beloved bubbles back in the fuel system again. The last remaining section of diesel runoff tubing from the injector pump had decided to spring a leak. Luckily I had some lengths of rubber tube in my toolbox, so I was able to effect some quick running repairs at Baz’s before we set off.

Bloody fuel pipes! -the diesel was oozing out of the bastard
Bloody fuel pipes! -the diesel was oozing out of the bastard
Time for some more rubber tubing repairs and fuel line priming
Time for some more rubber tubing repairs and fuel line priming

Bubbleicious repair job done, Herman cruised home as happily as he had cruised down there and even, at one point, overtook a VW T3 camper wagon on the A55 near Conwy. All in all a successful trip and I found Herman a helluva lot less sluggish and clunky than stuff I’d read about the LT35s on the intarwebs had led me to expect. Probably my expectations were too low since I’ve always driven clunky, slow 4x4s and the like before. So I was expecting him to barely be able to reach 50mph. The fact that he’s more fuel economical than GULG is nice too - although that’s a situation that’s likely to change, once he starts getting a load of ballast - in the form of campervan innards - stuck in the back.

Next major mission will prob be Whitby in a couple of weeks time - another 130 mile trek!