Buses By the Bridge

We headed out to Lake Havasu and I saw a VW bus on the side of the road, so I pulled over to see if everything was okay. Boy was it, there were actually about 8 buses stopped that I didn’t originally see.  All were Lake Havasu bound.

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We joined the caravan and drove Route 66 to our destination: Buses By the Bridge – a gathering of about 300 Volkswagen buses. The campsite was near the London Bridge – yes, the one that was falling down, falling down, falling down.

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We pulled in and decided to do a loop around the campground to see if we could find some of the friends we’ve met on this adventure. When I got to the beach, Jason says “oh no! Don’t stop – whatever you do keep going.” Right then I heard someone yell “Angela!” and I slowed down to look.  That’s when we got stuck in the sand. But as we’ve learned, there ain’t a bad VW person around, so within seconds 5 or so guys were pushing and pulling the van.  A few minutes earlier, the same thing had happened to our new friends the Rambling 3 and they decided it was a perfect place to camp. We did to, and we pulled up next to them for the weekend.

We met Ghislain, Heather and Morgane after trying to meet up for months. They are from Montreal and are traveling for a year in a much newer and nicer VW Eurovan (running water! central heat!) Morgane is 7 and she and Bode played all weekend.

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There was definitely the colorful vibe you’d expect from a VW party. Flaming and electric hula hoops, tie-dyed everything, bonfires, hootenannies, VW stuff everywhere and plenty of spare parts. Ghis and I were joking about everyone selling things, but Jason was in heaven, buying little bits and pieces. He even put them all on the van while we took the kids canoeing under London Bridge.

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There were tons of planned activities that kept us busy. A jumpy house, kids raffles and games, and the chili cook-off I entered and lost. We skipped the polar bear club meeting.

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And, we met some more great people and got some good information about the next part of our journey.

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There were LOTS of buses at Havasu. If you’re VW bus averse, you may want to shield your eyes from the next few posts… all with themes.

6 thoughts on “Buses By the Bridge

  • January 22, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    It was great seeing you guys again there at BBB. We too had a great time. There is just nothing like it. Looking forward to seeing more post of your adventures.

  • January 22, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    This looks like so much fun. And that photo from Route 66? Sarah and I stopped there on our roadtrip years back, I do believe!

  • January 22, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    I’m so sorry I screamed, “Angela!”
    …not really. We’re glad you got stuck so that we could be neighbours.

  • January 23, 2010 at 2:19 AM

    Did you meet Catherine and Niki the little black and white dog that love every one at BBB?
    Have you left LHC maybe for Quartzsite and good place to be for a while except for this RAIN in the west and south west now.

  • January 23, 2010 at 3:29 AM

    The Gumby green ’56 Double door panel bus with the Ambulance logo belongs to the individual who pretty much taght me everything I know about VW’s… kind of neat to see it again after so long.

  • January 26, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    I guarantee Bode petted Niki!

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