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Veracruz, Mexico (No. IV)

Veracruz, Mexico (No. IV)

Yesterday we were a little bit shopping and Domi bought himself a new hat. We asked for the biggest size but the one we got was still too small until the seller reshaped it. In the following you can get more impressions of the metropolis on the Golf of Mexico.

Shipping Delay No. 2

Shipping Delay No. 2

Herbie’s ship, the “Global Leader”, got another delay. This is quite frustrating! Every day of traveling is like meeting a new challenge. You have to go through it, because there is no other way out. Therefore we are still in Veracruz waiting for the vessel’s departure. But we’ll go by plane to Cartagena, Columbia, on February 8, in order to pick up “Ocho” three days later. Hopefully there will be no further delay.

Veracruz, Mexico (No. I)

Veracruz, Mexico (No. I)

As we’ll be in Veracruz until February 8, we have the perfect possibility to explore this city. Therefore we want to share with you our impressions. This is just the first part of it.

New engine from Mexico for Flo’s Bug

New engine from Mexico for Flo’s Bug

Flo has removed the original 34 horse power engine to replace it with an engine from Mexico, which has a higher quality. The reason for the whole thing is that he wants to save the original engine and keep it alive, because Flo likes to drive faster and so his right foot demand the little engine quite a bit.The old one…New engine – old look

Goodbye, Herbie!

Goodbye, Herbie!

Today we had to say “good-bye” to Herbie. Even though not all bureaucratic requirements are conformed yet, we already brought our beloved Volkswagen to the port. We are sorry that we can’t post any last pictures of “Ocho” before he is going to be on his way to South America. Domi wanted to take at least one shot so badly. He literally begged for the allowance to get some photos but it was strictly prohibited by the port executives. It…

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Shipping Delay

Shipping Delay

Unfortunately our ship, named “Global Leader”, is delayed. It was supposed to arrive in Veracruz on January 29 in order to leave the port on the following day. They changed the schedules and the vessel will now depart on February 2. It will reach Cartagena, Columbia, eight days later, on February 10. Jalisco, Mexico (2010) While Herbie will be on a cruise across the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean we’ll fly down to Columbia. After we picked up “Ocho”…

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Herbie and the Kids

Herbie and the Kids

Just before continuing our trip across Europe in summer last year, Domi visited a junior high school class in Arbesbach, Lower Austria, to tell them a bit about traveling around the world in a Volkswagen Beetle from 1963 pulling a matching camper. Many thanks to teacher Manuela Brauneis (second from right) who invited us to come! A local newspaper named “Bezirksblatt” wrote a short story about the meeting. You can find more articles about our 34 horses riding around the…

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The Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico

Today we finally reached our destination: Veracruz. On our way down along the coast we took some photos with Herbie. The Gulf of Mexico provides many breathtaking spots. Coco palm trees and banana plants wherever you go. Yesterday we stayed at a very nice hotel at a beach of Costa Esmeralda. We made 2,500 miles (or 4,000 kilometers) of driving through the US and Mexico. The Love Bug was doing very, very well. A perfect gas mileage and just one…

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Herbie’s World Heritage

Herbie’s World Heritage

Today we visited the archeological site El Tajín – an ancient Hispanic city in Mexico. It is located just besides Papantla de Olarte in the state of Veracruz. We enjoyed walking around in that huge area with different kinds of pyramids. Tajín was one of the most important cities in the Classic era of Mesoamerica. The best-known monument in El Tajín is the Pyramid of Niches. Nowadays Tajín is a World Heritage site inscribed by the UNESCO in 1992. The…

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It’s getting hot in here…

It’s getting hot in here…

We are almost there! Tomorrow we’ll probably reach Veracruz. It’s getting pretty warm as we are heading further South. But unfortunately also the humidity is climbing. We prefer dry regions but it is great to have a kind of summer all year long on our travels. Domi uses to say “Zainab is a desert child. She was raised in Egypt and the UAE and can adopt to hot climate very well.” Domi himself can’t stand humidity at all but he…

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Leave your Guns at Home

Leave your Guns at Home

Today we crossed the Mexican border in Brownsville, Texas, entering the city of Matamoros in Tamaulipas. Mexico is a federation of 31 free and sovereign states. Tamaulipas is one of them. This country is known for one of the strictest gun laws on earth. Therefore it is illegal to carry firearms while crossing the border. Although more than 95 % of guns used in Mexico came originally from the United States. There is probably always a song of Johnny Cash…

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Brownsville, Texas

Brownsville, Texas

It was getting more and more tropical as we were heading South on Highway 77 after passing San Antonio and getting off Interstate No. 10. We took a break at the very last public rest stop just right after the small village named Sarita, Texas, for having coffee with dates as usual. Herbie is doing well after making about 1,800 miles (or 2,900 kilometers) since leaving our camp in Ridgecrest, California. Meanwhile we got almost 78,000 miles (125,500 kilometers) touring…

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Don’t mess with Texas

Don’t mess with Texas

We had beautiful weather and a big blue sky accompanying us while touring on freeway 10 further East. Unfortunately we got a pretty strong head wind too, so the gas mileage was not as good as it used to be. We took one of our breaks from driving at a rest stop just right before Sonora, Texas. Even though we’re not pulling our camper “Qek” this time, Domi insisted to carry the propane stove with us. So we are able…

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Garage vacation three floors under the streets of Vienna

Garage vacation three floors under the streets of Vienna

Flo and Chris visited last Sunday a garage vacation in Vienna. There were all over the years collected vehicles for sale. Many of the cars were rusty but there were also some fine oldtimer. A pity that no car was that what Flo and Chris are searching for, but it was great to see this awsome collection!

Herbie’s Land of Enchantment

Herbie’s Land of Enchantment

Last night was still pretty rainy. We got it warm inside our nice little apartment at the motel in Benson, Arizona, but Herbie was left alone outside. Our overnight stay in Arizona was great. The owner of our room told us that he bought such a brand new Volkswagen Beetle in 1956 and drove it for many, many years. We were philosophizing about the reliability of such cars. Domi had a blast! Sometimes you have to improvise: We wanted to…

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A Kickass Trip

A Kickass Trip

We were thrilled to found us among “the world’s greatest collection of unconventional, crazy and original travels and journeys that kick ass”. You can find it by following Kickass Trips (or clicking on the image below). Today we made again about 300 miles (or 500 kilometers) by driving all the way on I-10 heading East passing Phoenix and Tucson. We stopped for shopping in both cities and ended up further down in Benson where we are staying at very nice…

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Hitting I-10 in Southern California

Hitting I-10 in Southern California

We started at six o’clock in the morning driving South on Highway 395. On our way down we met an old guy with his motorhome and a Volkswagen Bug in tow at a gas station. What you can see here is very common for the US – the motorhome is pulling a car. Europeans would normally pull a camper with their car. Here it can be the other way round. The reason for having a car in tow is to…

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Herbie Rides Again

Herbie Rides Again

Tomorrow, Saturday, we’ll leave Ridgecrest, California, early in the morning heading East through the entire Southwest of the USA and Mexico in order to ship Herbie from Veracruz to Columbia, South America. Down there we want to follow the so-called Pan-American Highway to very bottom of Chile. We’ll try to keep you posted while we are on the road exploring another part of this world in our Volkswagen Beetle from 1963. Just 34 horses will hopefully lead us across continent…

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Herbie’s Honky-Tonk

Herbie’s Honky-Tonk

The Love Bug is able to honk again. A loud horn is for sure one of the most important features while touring the world in a small car. For just a couple bucks you can get all different kinds of universal horns in automotive stores. Domi decided to buy an extra loud low tone horn. Underneath you can see our the old horn which didn’t work well anymore after honking our way through Europe, Asia, Australia, North and Middle America.

Anti-theft device

Anti-theft device

Today Domi bought a steering wheel pedal lock at a local auto part store for our trip to Mexico and South America. If somebody wants to steal Ocho, he would be still able to do so but we want to make it more difficult. Hopefully everything will be fine and our Number 53 will return to the USA safely.

The work goes on…

The work goes on…

There is a lot of work waiting for Flo, Friedrich and Matthias at the garage but they keep on working. The engine of Flo’s 1303S is nearly finished and also other things are almost done. Many parts are new like the cylinder heads as well as the cylinders and pistons. Remanufactured parts of the heating system for Friedrichs Fuscar. Fuscar parts. Matthias was also at Friedrich’s place to put in his rear bench. (Above his bug: The 66’ Fuscar)

Crusing in the winter

Crusing in the winter

Last weekend Georgy and Flo took a ride in Georgy’s bug to keep the old engine in motion. They get to many places and also to the big parking lot on the highest point of the Höhenstraße in Vienna as you can see on the last picture.