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The Moped Riders

The Moped Riders

Last weekend Flo and Domi where driving to Flo’s property in Lower Austria. While they were driving through the so-called “Wood Quarter” – the northwestern part of the province, they got to know an older gent who’s repairing and selling motorcycles. Domi returned with two mopeds. He bought a “KTM Hobby” from 1984 and a vintage “JAWA Stadion” from 1964 – both in good working condition. Now Flo and Domi are both looking forward to ride their mopeds in the…

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The 30 Years of Domi

The 30 Years of Domi

Domi turned 30! Therefore we celebrated his big birthday in one of Vienna’s pubs called “Morgenstern”. Many friends and family members came to congratulate him. Special thanks go to Flo, Friedrich, Eva, Heinz, Gabriel, Michi, Georgy, Fabi, Christian, Benjamin, Matthias and of course Zainab who made Domi the most marvelous present. They surprised him with a “Trabant” station wagon from the old GDR (DDR).

Happy Birthday, Herbie!

Happy Birthday, Herbie!

June 28 is the official birthday of Walt Disney’s Love Bug. Therefore we’re celebrating Herbie’s 50th anniversary this year and especially on this particular day, even though our Love Bug wasn’t manufactured on that exact date. But one is for sure, 1963 is the year in which Herbies all around the world were made. Happy Birthday! Domi celebrated Herbie’s B-Day together with our friends Georgy, Matthias and Florian (from left to right) and their Beetles at a vintage car show…

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Drive Out, Herbie!

Drive Out, Herbie!

The South African adventure travel magazine “Drive Out” features a story on Herbie’s World Tour in its latest edition including six full pages about Herbie’s “gravel travel”.

Around the World in 80 Countries

Around the World in 80 Countries

We arrived back home! Safely! Herbie made it again – and this while pulling a caravan the long way round Africa. Our dream of traveling this last missing continent (except Antarctica of course) became actually reality. Since September 2009 we visited 80 countries while driving two Volkswagen Beetles from 1963 with campers in tow for more than 115,000 miles (or 185,000 kilometers) around the globe. We need a break and Herbie a pit stop! Therefore we’ll stay home for quite…

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News from Uitenhage!

News from Uitenhage!

We just received an English written article by Heilie Combrinck from Uitenhage, where Domi & Zainab visited the South African Volkswagen factory and its museum, the “AutoPavilion”.

Back to Original 1,200 cc

Back to Original 1,200 cc

Domi finished his work on the engine of Herbie No. II. Instead of the fuel injected 1,600 cc, the Love Bug got now his original 1,200 cc back. The motor came from a burnt out Volkswagen Bug made in Mexico. Domi installed new cylinders and pistons as well as an additional modern type oil filter. Herbie is now ready to go A-F-R-I-C-A! Flo from DLV and Friedrich helped Domi putting the “new” engine together and also surprised him with a…

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Herbie Goes Britain

Herbie Goes Britain

Herbie’s World Tour got featured in the latest version of “The Campervan Life” – a British air-cooled VW magazine. By clicking on the article below you’ll get to its website. As you’ve probably read the article above, Herbie is still looking for sponsors for his ongoing trip around the world. If you are interested in supporting the Love Bug, please get in touch with us! We would love to have you as a part of Herbie’s World Tour!

The Austrian Globetrotters

The Austrian Globetrotters

Yesterday, the newsmagazine “Heute” published something about Herbie’s World Tour. The picture was taken in the Atacama Desert of Chile on our trip across South America.   We’ve already done 150,000 kilometers so far and our 34 horsepower are still running.

The Reunion with DLV & Herbie

The Reunion with DLV & Herbie

Last weekend Domi and his good friend Flo drove in his Bug from 1966 to Upper Austria to pick up Herbie No. II and the other “QEK” camper. They were stored in an old farmer’s barn. After that they visited their friend and mechanic, Friedrich Hübsch, in Waldhausen im Strudengau, where Flo’s Bug got a new gas tank and where we tried to clean out his plugged-up fuel line.

Herbie, Fusca & CIA

Herbie, Fusca & CIA

Herbie’s World Tour got featured in the latest edition of “FUSCA & CIA”, a Brazilian magazine about the air-cooled Volkswagen Bug. The story goes over eight full pages and includes a lot of pictures from our travels around the world. The article is written in Portuguese by Luiz Guedes Jr. from Brazil.

California’s VW Classic 2012

California’s VW Classic 2012

Today Herbie and Domi visited the reportedly “greatest VW show on earth”, better known as California’s “VW Classic 2012” in Irvine, near Los Angeles. Hundreds of air-cooled Volkswagen showed up and the Love Bug enjoyed being part of the show.

The Greatest VW Show on Earth

The Greatest VW Show on Earth

Herbie and Domi are going to appear at the reportedly “greatest VW show on earth”. The 30th “VW Classic” will take place at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, California, on June 10. For more information about the show, just follow this link! If you’re planning to visit this year’s “VW Classic” too, it would be a pleasure for us meeting you there! This will be probably the only VW show (in the US) we’ll take part, before flying to Europe,…

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Feels Like Home

Feels Like Home

Yesterday we got back to our camp in Ridgecrest, located in the Mojave Desert of Southern California. For the last four months we were traveling across the USA, Mexico and South America along the “Pan-American Highway”. Herbie made 18,166 miles (29,236 kilometers) going down south and all the way back. It really feels like home being back in California. Even though we’ll have to fly back to Austria, Herbie already got a resident of Kern County. For the next couple…

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Get Your Kicks On Route 66

Get Your Kicks On Route 66

Today we were following the legendary Route 66 aka the “Mother Road” of America. We took several business loops in order to get through cities like Holbrook, Winslow and Seligman. In New Mexico we crossed the so-called Continental Divide. We ended up in Kingman, Arizona, at the end of the day, but we’ll continue our road trip towards Ridgecrest, Southern California, tomorrow.

Herbie’s Underworld Tour

Herbie’s Underworld Tour

After traveling the USA for more than sixteen months, we got the chance to visit almost all National Parks across the 48 lower United States. Only a few are missing. Yesterday we explored Carlsbad Caverns National Park in the Southeast of New Mexico. Later on we headed north on Highway 285 until hitting Interstate 40, which replaces the old Route 66. Even though the so-called “Mother Road”  doesn’t exist anymore, it remains as an important American icon as well as…

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Texas Mountain Trail

Texas Mountain Trail

Following the so-called Texas Mountain Trail towards New Mexico brought us through Guadalupe Mountains National Park. We had a pretty gusty cross wind while gaining height. Road signs got blown away and Domi had to steer very carefully.

Think Small? 150,000 Kilometers!

Think Small? 150,000 Kilometers!

Herbie is still running. We’ve already driven almost 150,000 kilometers (more than 93,000 miles) around the planet. And Herbie’s World Tour has not even ended yet! Right now we’re following old American trade routes as well as the legendary Route 66 traveling across the Southwest of the US towards Southern California.

Friends from Paraguay

Friends from Paraguay

As posted here before, Herbie got featured in the Paraguayan “ABC Color” magazine. Thanks to Jorge Ortiz from Asunción we just received a copy of the printed version. The Classic VW Club Paraguay also published a story with a lot of photos about our meeting with Osvaldo Espínola, Jorge Ortiz and Natalia Florentin on their website. We’re still looking back to our terrific experience traveling through Paraguay and meeting such wonderful people like Osvaldo, Jorge and Natalia as well as…

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Herbie’s Wild West

Herbie’s Wild West

We just arrived in Van Horn, Texas, after crossing the second largest United State. The landscape changed dramatically while Herbie followed old American trade routes. Tomorrow we’ll head north to Roswell, Artesia and Carlsbad in New Mexico, visiting its Caverns National Park right after crossing the state border on Highway No. 62 or 180. Our plan is to get further north to the old Route 66 (today’s Interstate 40), heading west across New Mexico and Arizona towards California and our…

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Back in the USA!

Back in the USA!

We made it! After heading through the Mexican States Veracruz and Tamaulipas, we finally crossed the US border entering Texas. From here we’re continuing our road trip across the United States towards Ridgecrest in Southern California. Brownsville, Texas, is the well-known border town, we entered after hurrying through probably the most dangerous province in Mexico – Tamaulipas. Today we’ll reach Van Horn, where we’re going to stay for the night. Tomorrow we’ll get to New Mexico.

News from Paraguay

News from Paraguay

Francisco Ibarra from the Classic VW Club Paraguay informed us that the magazine “ABC Color” just published the story on Herbie’s World Tour, we got interviewed about. Here’s the link to the article, of course written in Spanish (by Julio Noguera). Unfortunately we don’t have a printed version. Maybe we’ll receive one later. The pictures you see here are those which were taken back then in Paraguay. At this point we also want to say “thank you” again to Osvaldo,…

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We got Herbie back!

We got Herbie back!

Our Travel Bug arrived at the harbor of Veracruz on time. Yesterday Domi got the permission to pick him up. Everything worked out great and Herbie is doing very well. We are so happy about that! Now we’re looking forward heading north again. Herbie’s vessel, the “Green Lake”, sailed exactly for four days across the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico – from South to North America. We can highly recommend this route for people who aren’t interested in driving…

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La Casa del Vocho

La Casa del Vocho

As you know, we are back in Veracruz, on the Golf of Mexico. There is no other country in the world in which so many Volkswagen Beetles were produced like here. Therefore you can still find a lot of spare part shops for air-cooled Volkswagen – just like “La Casa del Vocho” (“The House of the Beetle”) right here in Veracruz. The streets are lined with all different kinds of air-cooled “Vee Dubs”, just as Bugs and Kombis. And most…

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Herbie and the Globetrotters

Herbie and the Globetrotters

The biggest magazine about air-cooled Volkswagen in France called “Super VW Mag” just published a story about Herbie’s World Tour and us globetrotters. The article includes an interview with us, done and written by Julien-David Collombet. For a readable version (in French) just follow Herbie’s page “Press“!

Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished

Our plan was to explore the Andes of South America in our beloved Volkswagen Bug from 1963. Herbie accomplished his mission by driving 13,080 miles (21,050 kilometers) – all thanks to his very same engine with just 1,200 cc and 34 horsepower. We’ve experienced so much by following the “Panamericana” and visiting Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil and Venezuela. So far we’ve been on the road in Herbie for more than 91,000 miles (147,000 kilometers). Due the…

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Port of Lonely Hearts

Port of Lonely Hearts

Today we delivered Herbie to one of Cartagena’s ports where he’ll go aboard on his vessel “Green Lake” heading across the Caribbean and the Golf of Mexico to Veracruz. Unfortunately too many things went wrong again at the “Contecar” port and we had to spend the entire day getting almost all necessary shipping documents done. Thanks to Pablo Uribe from the Cartagena port administration we got through this chaotic organized harbor which already caused several problems at our arrival. When…

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Waiting for the Ship

Waiting for the Ship

As you know we are back in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, waiting for the ship, which will take Herbie back to Veracruz, Mexico. Hopefully it will depart on May 12. We initially booked a boat called “Green Lake”, which got canceled but they called the cancelation off again, so Herbie will be on his favored vessel anyway. There is a lot of bureaucratic stuff  to do, before getting a car shipped overseas. But tomorrow we’ll finally deliver Herbie to one…

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Nothing Can Stop Herbie

Nothing Can Stop Herbie

After we crossed our last border in South America, we ran into a protest of the Colombian teacher’s union, who blocked an important highway intersection right after the border, one of just two roads connecting Colombia and Venezuela with each other. They demonstrated for higher wages and even blocked the train tracks above the street. Nobody was able to pass. Police men told us to that there is no way through. The protest should last for 24 hours, as all…

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Venezuelan Herbie Fans

Venezuelan Herbie Fans

While having lunch in the shade of a tree on Highway No. 6, heading towards Colombia, we got to know true Love Bug fans from Venezuela who invited us to their home. They even filled up Herbie with a couple gallons of gas. Getting closer to the border, it is not possible to buy gas as a tourist, in order to avoid cross-national gasoline trade. So we were heading straight towards the border, getting back to Colombia and our final…

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Three Cents per Gallon

Three Cents per Gallon

You probably won’t believe it, but a complete fill up for Herbie just costs 30 US-Cents in Venezuela. This is not a joke! Venezuela has the cheapest gas prices in the world. Herbie feels like he is in paradise. Gas for just three US-Cents per Gallon (or less than one Euro Cent per liter). Gasoline is subsidized by the government of Hugo Chávez. Today I got two fill ups actually for free, because the guys at the gas station had…

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Stuck at the Border

Stuck at the Border

We literally stuck in the border town San Antonio in Venezuela, because the custom office is closed on weekends. We reached the border on a Saturday morning. After we got our immigration stamps we wanted to apply for the vehicle permit. But the Venezuelan custom office was closed – like every Saturday and Sunday. “Simón Bolívar” (that’s the official name of the border) is giving us a really hard time. So we’ll have to wait until Monday morning before we…

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Colombia, we’ll be back!

Colombia, we’ll be back!

A lot of slow trucks, countless construction sites and extremely steep roads Herbie had to manage the last days, while we were heading northeast towards Venezuela. It was very exhausting driving an average speed of 12 mph (or 20 km/h) for hours. We passed Barbosa, Bucaramanga, Pamplona and Cúcuta – right next to Venezuela. Meanwhile we crossed the border, but we stuck in Venzuela’s border town San Antonio. After we eventually traveled through Venezuela, we’ll be heading towards Cartagena in…

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Go Herbie Go!

Go Herbie Go!

Herbie brought us back to Colombia. We left the Pan-American Highway heading east towards Venezuela after we passed cities like Pasto, Popayán and Cali. We were driving right through the heart of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá. Our plan is to visit Venezuela before we’ll put Herbie on a vessel going back to North America. Colombia is pretty expensive regarding its toll roads. Just today we passed about ten toll booths and spent at least a couple bucks for each one of…

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The Evacuation Route

The Evacuation Route

After spending the night in Latacunga, we followed our “Evacuation Route” out of Ecuador, passing Quito, Cayambe, Otavalo and Ibarra, crossing the border in Tulcán. We left the country with carrying more than 25 gallons (or 100 liters) of gasoline and we’re still running on it, as gas prices in Colombia are more than three times higher. Meanwhile we are back in Colombia leaving the “Pan-Am” heading east towards Venezuela, our last country to visit, before going back to North…

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Thirsty?

Thirsty?

Domi loves drinking fresh coconut juice. Herbie prefers gas without ethanol instead. One coconut ($ 1.00)  is more expensive than one quart of gasoline ($ 0.38). Ecuador has the cheapest gas prices we’ve experienced in America so far. A complete full tank for our Love Bug costs just 15 US-Dollars (or 12 Euro). Ecuador is the only country in South America having the US-Dollar and Cent. All other South American countries we visited are selling way more expensive gas.

The Banana Republic

The Banana Republic

We just entered Ecuador on our way back north. Although this country is not a “Banana Republic” within the political discussion, it has definitely the biggest banana production in the world. Below you can see “Herbie goes bananas” while the sun was setting. The Love Bug reached the border between Peru and Ecuador late afternoon. After we crossed it, we went shopping some food in Machala and drove on to El Guabo. We already knew the border patrol men quite…

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Long Way Back Home

Long Way Back Home

Herbie continued riding the longest road on earth, the Pan-American Highway, heading further north on Peru’s Highway No. 1. We passed cities like Chimbote, Trujillo and Chiclayo. Lambayeque is the name of the town where we stopped for the night. The “Pan-Am” along Peru’s coast is full of sand dunes and amazing ocean views. Whenever you hit a smaller town it is like a kind of oasis with woods and agriculture. In no other South American country we had so…

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Hands Upon The Wheel

Hands Upon The Wheel

Our final destination after South America will be the Mojave Desert in the Southwest of the United States. We are not there yet, even though the landscape of Peru’s coast looks quite similar to the area around Herbie’s camp in Ridgecrest, Kern County, CA. Today we were following the “Pan-Am” from Ica to Huarmey. On our way up north we were going through the heart of Lima again, the capital of Peru right on the coast. We stopped for lunch…

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The Peruvian Dune Buggy

The Peruvian Dune Buggy

After catching up with new post on Herbie’s World Tour, checking the motor oil level and tire pressure, we hit the Pan-American Highway again. We left Camaná, heading north and passed Nazca and its desert and stopped for the night in Ica. Peru’s coastal desert dunes and the Pacific ocean welcomed us once again. In the afternoon we reached the Nazca Desert with its ancient Lines. Tomorrow we’ll continue traveling north along the so-called “Panamericana”. We’re planning to put Herbie…

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Herbie’s Vanilla Sky

Herbie’s Vanilla Sky

Go west, Herbie! We traveled all the way across the Andes with altitudes over 14,850 feet (or 4,500 meters)  to the west coast of Peru again, passing Puno at Lake Titicaca, Juliaca and Arequipa, ending up driving in Camaná at the Pacific ocean. In Puno we met Juan Carlos, a Volkswagen Bug driver, who helped Domi fixing a little gas issue back in the carburetor. While going downhill towards the sea we had one of our most beautiful sunsets with…

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Crossing Bolivia Again

Crossing Bolivia Again

After riding Herbie on unpaved roads across the Bolivian jungle while it was dark during the night and police men asked us for money, we finally reached Santa Cruz de la Sierra and moved on to Cochabamba and La Paz towards Peru and Lake Titicaca.

Back to the “Routes”

Back to the “Routes”

We were actually planning to go all the way back to Colombia by heading across Brazil on Highway No. 319 reaching Venezuela. Unfortunately we had to change our plan. The Brazilian Highway No. 319 is well-known for one of the worst “roads” in the country. And as we have the rain season right now, this highway is totally impassable. There is no other way getting back north across the continent, so we had to find a way going back to…

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Brazilian Cemetery

Brazilian Cemetery

We entered Brazil coming from Paraguay. On our way through Brazil we passed a junk yard for old Volkswagens. But it was more like a burial site for “Fuscas” – that’s how they call Beetles in this country. Rest in peace!

The Idyllic Paraguay

The Idyllic Paraguay

The soil is red and the people are very nice – we traveled through Paraguay on Highway No. 3 towards Brazil, after meeting Jorge, his wife Natalia and their friend Osvaldo, in Asunción. Paraguay was an unexpected beautiful surprise!

The Heart of South America

The Heart of South America

Jorge Ortiz, an air-cooled Volkswagen fellow from Asunción, and his wife, Natalia Florentin, as well as his friend, Osvaldo Espínola, president of Classic VW Club Paraguay, welcomed us in Paraguay – the “Heart of South America”. Jorge showed up with his totally new renovated red VW Beetle made in Wolfsburg. All in all it was probably the best border crossing we’ve ever had, because someone was waiting for us on the other side and introduced us warmly to his country….

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Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

Herbie made a long way riding from General Güemes on Highways No. 34, 81 and 11 to Clorinda, at the border to Paraguay. Tomorrow we’ll enter this country in the heart of South America. Although we won’t spend much time there, we’ll have a very warm welcome. Jorge Ortiz from Asunción, an air-cooled VW enthusiast and member of the Classic VW Club Paraguay, will pick us up right after the border. We had a pleasant time in Argentina, even though…

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