On the Road Again

We stopped for lunch in Giddings, about half-way between Spring and Austin and Jason checked the engine. The van had been running great since we visited Mark in Virgina, but seemed to be having a bit of trouble since we got to Texas.

There wasn’t anything noticeably wrong, so he decided to get to Austin where he’d tune it up. Just as he’s about to pull back onto the highway, his foot went all the way to the floor. The accelerator cable had broken. Lucky for us, he carries a spare. It was raining and muddy, but at least we were in a parking lot instead of the side of the road. Within a half an hour we were back on our way… and Bode got to experience the wonder of Whataburger.

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Barely 15 minutes into Austin, our old hometown, a guy in a pickup truck passes us and yells expletives with ‘Go back to California!’ Ah, good times.

Jason and I each lived in Austin for 10 years before we moved to California. We have lots of friends and family here, so we always have fun when we visit.

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It was still raining, so we made a quick trip around our old neighborhood before heading over to pick up our friend Mear and go see the Judd family. Hootie entertained Bode, and we got to catch up with some great friends.

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8 thoughts on “On the Road Again

  • December 11, 2009 at 4:56 PM
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    Loved the stories you have shared…brings back many happy memories of VW vans I’ve known & loved. The time my gas cable snapped outside the Smokies, I was way too poor to afford a tow truck so rigged up some parachute cord thru the curtain eyelets & into the engine compartment…by pulling down on the cord attached to a sling, was able to go forward as long as I leaned forward…hmm, like your idea of keeping spare parts! A couple of weeks later, the part came in for a real repair.
    Keep on truckin’ …………. Pat

  • December 12, 2009 at 12:14 AM
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    Hey pick up another cable when you can. Ya never know it might happen again. Yes What a burgers are sooo good!

  • December 13, 2009 at 5:10 PM
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    hello guys ,hope all is well figured i would check in with you all and see how thangs were going.looks like you all are having a blast hope to see you all soon have a wonderful christmas i am sure santa will drop some presents in the bus peace shaun and austin and krystal

  • December 14, 2009 at 4:20 PM
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    “COME BACK TO CALIFORNIA!!!” i f’in miss you!

  • December 14, 2009 at 4:20 PM
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    and happy 4th night of hanukah ; )

  • December 16, 2009 at 7:13 PM
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    Bill- when i got back in the bus the first thing i did was add “new accelerator cable” to the to-do list πŸ˜‰

  • January 18, 2010 at 5:29 PM
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    Glad you are listening to that guy and coming back to California, even if its just for a short visit. Looking forward to seeing you all Wednesday!

  • January 18, 2010 at 5:30 PM
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    Oh yeah, and I love the picture of the skulls and Bode in that red hat.

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