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Month: March 2012

From Puquio to Abancay

From Puquio to Abancay

As we left the “Panamericana” by the coast, we followed Highway No. 26 across the Andes towards Lake Titicaca and Bolivia. Yesterday we started from a town called Puquio and headed to Abancay, where we stayed for last night. We passed by many amazing views and for the first time we also spotted countless flocks of alpacas.

Walk The Line

Walk The Line

It is always hard to say good-bye, but finally we left Lima for good and followed the Pan-American Highway further south. We visited the so-called Nazca Lines near Nazca. After changing motor oil (fully synthetic 15W-50) and gear fluid (fully synthetic 75W-90) as well as adjusting the valves, we took off in order to travel on across South America. Our new friend and VW Bug enthusiast, Miguel Angel, escorted us out of the city. Cops are often not as nice…

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The Five Rear Windows

The Five Rear Windows

Just before we left Lima today, we had a meeting with two Volkswagen “Brezel” from the early 1950ies. The split windows in the rear made those cars very special. These vintage Beetles also have the original trafficators instead of flashers.

Aircooled VW Meeting in Lima, Peru

Aircooled VW Meeting in Lima, Peru

Domi was a special guest at the annual Volkswagen meeting of Santa Anita, a district of Lima. Many presents were given and countless photos taken. Many thanks to the District of Santa Anita and its superintendent Leonor Chumbimune Cajahuaringa! And thank you, Miguel Angel Chávez Luna, who invited me to this event! In the following you’ll find pictures of the cars from all the different clubs, just as “Amigos VW Perú”, “CAVE”, “Mundo Aircooled Club Perú” (MAC), “VW Club Chinchaycocha”,…

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Peruvian Volks

Peruvian Volks

Yesterday we visited air-cooled Volkswagen enthusiasts from Lima. Miguel Angel, our host here in Peru’s capital, invited us to their weekly club meeting. We had a good time chatting about “Escarabajos” and other stuff. Thanks to Miguel we got know these “Volks”!

Welcome to the Desert!

Welcome to the Desert!

The desert welcomed us while we drove from Trujillo to Lima yesterday. It was long day driving through the Peruvian coastal desert. But we finally reached Lima and our new friend Miguel Angel who introduced us to the aircooled VW folks in Peru’s capital. On Miguel’s webpage you can find more about his passion for “Escarabajos”.

Sea of Heartbreak

Sea of Heartbreak

Yesterday we crossed the Peruvian border at Huaquillas. After leaving the Atlantic in Colombia, we finally reached the Pacific today. So far we made more than 81,000 miles (130,000 kilometers) driving Herbie on five continents since September 2009. We’re staying tonight in Trujillo. Tomorrow we’ll head towards Peru’s capital, Lima.

Final Impressions of Ecuador

Final Impressions of Ecuador

We really enjoyed traveling through Ecuador. It is a beautiful country with very nice people. And of course it was great to get to know new friends in its capital, Quito. Herbie bravely followed the Pan-American Highway with all its ups and downs.

The Long and Winding Road

The Long and Winding Road

We spent almost three days in Puyo, but now we are back in Baños de Agua Santa. Tomorrow we’ll finally take off towards Cuenca, following the Pan-Am Highway. Just right after taking these awesome shots something happened to our Love Bug. Domi couldn’t shift properly anymore. First he thought it is a broken clutch cable. But afterwards he had to find out that it was the return spring which was broken. It was frustrating, because at that time we were…

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The Volcano Cotopaxi

The Volcano Cotopaxi

The Cotopaxi is Ecuador’s most famous volcano and with 19,347 feet (5,897 meters) the second-highest summit, after his bigger brother Chimborazo (20,565 ft. or 6,268 m), which is the farthest summit from the earth’s center. However it was the perfect time to have a little photo shoot with Herbie at Cotopaxi National Park. After making pretty rough roads across the entire National Park of the Cotopaxi we ended up in Baños de Agua Santa, where we’re staying for the night…

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A Ride to the Top

A Ride to the Top

The elevation of Quito, Ecuador’s capital, is 9,200 feet (or 2,800 meters), making Quito the second-highest capital in the world, after La Paz, Bolivia. Yesterday’s evening we took a ride together with our air-cooled VW Beetle friends, the “Catso Club” and its “Latin Volks”, to “Virgen de El Panecillo”, the major monument of Quito’s hills. And as we promised this before: “San Francisco de Quito, we love you!”

Quito’s Bug Fans

Quito’s Bug Fans

We got invited to the weekly meeting of Quito’s “Catso Club”. Although it was a rainy Saturday, about thirty Bugs found their way to the gathering. Also a team of a national television station was there and interviewed Domi about our tour. Thanks to José from the “Latin Volks” and Alberto, our host, we got the chance to find new friends!

In 80,000 Miles Around The World

In 80,000 Miles Around The World

We’ve now driven already more than 80,000 miles (or almost 129,000 kilometers) around the globe. Today we just arrived in Ecuador and also its capital Quito. We spent exactly one month in Colombia. But we’re planning to get back there. After we traveled down to Chile we want to drive all the way back to Colombia again. We really enjoyed heading across Colombia and we felt always very safe. In Buga, Colombia, we spent the night at a nice little…

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Ain’t No Road Too Long

Ain’t No Road Too Long

Herbie is following with us the Pan-American Highway through Colombia. It is amazing to watch all the different landscapes. Yesterday we passed Medellin and tomorrow we’ll get very close to the border of Ecuador. There ain’t no road too long for Herbie!

The Panamericana

The Panamericana

The Pan-American Highway or rather “Panamericana” is the longest drivable road on earth, measuring about 29,800 miles (or 47,960 kilometers) in its total length. We have already driven its roads within the USA, Mexico and all Central American countries. Now we are cruising the South American section of the “Panamericana”. Colombia’s Pan-American Highway is getting more and more scenic as we’re heading further South. And we are yet very excited to explore Colombia’s Andes.

Herbie’s Back on Track!

Herbie’s Back on Track!

We finally left Cartagena of the Indies heading southwards. Herbie’s doing well again. Everything is working! He enjoys following the great Pan-American Highway. Yesterday we were driving along Highway No. 90 and 25 towards Medellin. We spent the night at a motel just outside of of a bigger town called Sincelejo. Today we’ll be heading further South towards Medellin. In just a couple days we’ll cross the border to Ecuador – a country which Domi already visited in the year…

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Hit the Road, Herbie!

Hit the Road, Herbie!

We got it done! After “wasting” eleven days in Cartagena because of a huge electrical problem caused by one of the jacks on the ship, Herbie is back on the road again! Domi had to take out several parts within the engine bay a third but very last time today. He installed the new generator, regulator and electronic ignition. On February 8, we came to Colombia. First we had to wait for Herbie’s vessel which was more than two weeks…

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The Moment of Truth

The Moment of Truth

Actually we were told that it is impossible to get a generator (dynamo) in Colombia, but we finally got a new one today. At last we can install both parts tomorrow morning. It was really a nightmare that came true for us the last weeks. We had to go through a very, very stressful time, but we always tried to believe in a solution. If everything works out well tomorrow we’ll be truly happy to leave Cartagena. Domi has to…

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With a Little Help from My Friends

With a Little Help from My Friends

A thrilling day is coming up! We’ll hopefully receive the new alternator today and Domi is able do the whole conversion from generator to alternator. Therefore he sought for last hints and contacted his dear friends from Europe – Andi, Flo and Friedrich. Andi lives in Bavaria, Flo was attending a class at his university in Vienna, Friedrich stays at a hospital in Burgenland and we are in Colombia. We were all connected via internet chatting about the conversion and…

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Generator vs. Alternator

Generator vs. Alternator

Today we had to find out that the repairs on Herbie’s original generator, made by our “mechanic”, the managing automotive electrician of Cartagena’s port, were useless. The dynamo still has an accidental ground short, caused by the fire which was created by the switched-on ignition. So we wanted to order another dynamo, but as there was no chance to get an old fashioned dynamo or rather generator (current flow) in Colombia, we had to order an alternator (alternating current), which…

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