Posts Tagged VW bus

River Rats

Posted on July 22, 2014 by 2 Comments

It turns out the best way to get to the Utah border from here is to drive north to Kremmling, then cut down an unpaved road that takes you back down to the interstate near Edwards. That way, you don’t have to cross the Continental Divide again.

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It was a beauty of a drive.

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Somewhere before Bond, we came across a big river rafting outfit with tons of campers, teepees and revelers. One big party full of river rats.

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It’s good to be back on the road.

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Back to the Bus

Posted on July 11, 2014 by 4 Comments

We started our day at 4 AM – we had big plans. Today we were finally getting back on the road!

The first half involved flying to Denver and it was completely smooth. Then, a $100 taxi ride to the mechanic to pick up the bus.

SNAFU time.

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The bus has been here about 3 months. Our return today was no surprise.

Still, there was nobody there – just a needy cat. I let myself in while Angela and Bode plopped down on our bags to wait. I figured I could just go get the bus and pull it around front.

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Our bus was in the back alright. Up on jacks. No engine. No brakes.

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So much for that idea of hopping in the bus and getting back on the road. At least we’ve got rainbows.

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Visitors

Posted on February 25, 2014 by 9 Comments

We’ve a had a string of recent visitors and more coming, so things are a bit more lively than normal around here.

Sean, Becki and baby Knox came up from Denver last week and peppered us with questions about living on the road in a VW, solar system design and the like.  Really nice folks.

They’ve got a ’76 bus and are planning on a 6 month or so road trip to the West Coast. Since he can work remotely, they’re pretty open to the possibilities.  Hmm… I wonder if it will go longer than planned.  Nah… that never happens.

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They don’t have a name for the bus yet, but suggestions are welcomed. Good luck, guys!

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Um presente

Posted on January 2, 2014 by 6 Comments

The other day we had a knock at the door and the delivery guy was dropping off a big box. From São Paulo.

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Inside was a personalized VW bus doormat, a nice note, and a copy of a magazine with a VW advertisement where we’re listed as heirs of the last VW bus to roll off the line. Pretty cool!

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Legal! Muito Obrigado, VW do Brasil!

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Relay

Posted on December 14, 2013 by No Comments

Now that it’s warmed up a bit (but still below freezing), I can fix a few car issues. For one, the car now starts. Above 15F seems to be the sweet spot. Below that, it’s not going to start. This could make for a long winter, so we’re stocking the freezer with food and learning the local bus routes.

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But, I did manage to fix something. I wired around the bad headlight dimmer relay. This had prevented the lights from working at all, so at least we now have headlights if needed.

The stamp on the relay case seems to indicate that this is the original ~43 year old part. Considering it’s age, it’s an impressive bit of engineering, but was bound to go out sooner or later. A new relay is on my Christmas list.

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Red Beard 2.0

Posted on December 5, 2013 by 1 Comment

Original artwork by Matthew Koons!

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Thanks, Matthew!

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Are We There Yet?!

Posted on November 15, 2013 by 1 Comment

It was our last day in town, and we had surprise visitors!

We met Wendi and Steve about 4 years ago at a campground in Mexico. They had pulled a trailer with an SUV all the way down from Canada for the winter – just like all the other snowbirds. These guys were different, though. And, we stayed in touch. Not long after we got going, they headed back to Canada and bought a VW bus – Pumper. They drove it south as far as Ecuador, then did a re-set and shipped it home and then to Europe. After doing a loop, they almost sold it in the UK to an eager buyer… but just couldn’t do it. They shipped it home again, but decided to stop traveling and resume a ‘normal’ life in Canada. It lasted 6 weeks. Now, they’re on the move south again and probably in Mexico by now.

Suerte, amigos!

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