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Month: May 2012

A weekend in Upper Austria

A weekend in Upper Austria

Flo, Benjamin, Chris, Matthias and Friedrich were last weekend in Upper Austria. They have experienced a lot. There was a VW-Meeting with oldtimer show in Grein, which they have visited. In addition, they put together a trailer, with cars will soon be transported. When reassembling, Matthias has unfortunately injured and had to be sewn in the hospital in Amstetten. We also looked at Friedrichs newest bug in more detail. It is an 1955 Oval-bug, not in the best condition. Shortly…

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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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Matthias, electronics and a control unit

Matthias, electronics and a control unit

Matthias is a trained electronics engineer, so Friedrich had the idea  to copy the memory of a modified control unit (erasable programmable read only memory – EPROM) to save money, because an empty EPROM costs about 2€ and a modified chip from a shop up to 150€. So Matthias tried to replace the original EPROM with a modified chip. Original control unit Type B Seven screws are need to be removed to get access to the Motherboard of the control…

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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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Eggenburg 2012

Eggenburg 2012

Christian, Fabi and Georgy visited the biggest aircooled VW meeting in Austria with Flo’s ‘73 Buggy and Georgy’s ‘84 Mexican! The second one was fitted with standard tires at the front because the lowering doesn’t offer enough space for the ATS rims!