This blog has proven to be an amazing networking vehicle. In the last 5 days we’ve sold a car, received suggestions on where to camp, offers for places to stay along our route, and yesterday – information on a VW BusFest in a town about 3 miles from where we are staying.
It has been 14 years since I have been to a VW event with Jason. Back then he had a Karmann Ghia or 3, and was looking for a glass back window for a convertible. The event was in San Antonio, TX in the middle of summer, and we spent hours waiting around in the hot sun on an asphalt parking lot for a raffle which featured a new engine that he also needed and couldn’t afford. He didn’t win.
Time heals all wounds, I suppose, and I had a better feeling about this event and wanted to go – even though Jason offered to go by himself. I guess I was a little apprehensive because I thought I didn’t know enough about them. Like I said in an earlier post, I hadn’t ridden in ours until we left town on Friday. I’m no VW expert.
I’m so glad we went! It was great meeting these folks so passionate about their buses and so eager to see others.
Not only did we meet lots of people who wanted to do exactly what we are doing now, but we met people who have been doing it for quite a while. One guy, from Switzerland, started in Argentina and pretty much drove the reverse route we are planning. In a few weeks his two-year trip will be coming to an end and he will store the car in Oregon until he returns in 14 months (he did the math) when he has enough money to keep going. We’ll be keeping in touch.
We took some random pictures, and we apologize in advance for the obscene VW content.