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We rolled into Punta del Este looking for a VW show. We heard from the Fuscanet guys that there would be stuff for us to do all weekend, but we really didn’t know what that meant.
We cruised La Rambla and admired the city in general. Nice place. It reminds us of California, but better. In the smaller towns on the outskirts of the city, the beach, dunes, trees, and dirt roads reminded us of small California coastal towns from years gone by. Interesting houses tucked into the foliage and white sand beaches out front. Once you get to the city, it’s still pretty cool, but looks more like a mini version of Miami. It’s not even summer*, but there are already plenty of tanned and coiffed vacationers strutting their stuff on the malecón. We hear this is where the wealthy Buenos Aires Porteños come to be seen. Seems about right.
Once your go around the point, you get the wind and all the beach-side cafes disappear. That’s about when we found Los Dedos. It was done by the same artist that did El Mano del Dessierto in Chile (see the theme?) but we missed that one on our route. Not long after we parked in front of the big fingers, along came a VW caravan. Maybe 20 or so. From all over, but most of these guys were from Gramado, Brazil.
It should go without saying that we met some really nice folks (and Gramado is definitely on the list) and saw some nice classicos.
* We are at the same latitude as the southern tip of Africa.
This weekend we went for a walk down the little seawall in Huanchaco and I decided I would take a photo of every vocho I saw. There are far more Veedubs in Peru than either Colombia or Ecuador, so I figured this would be an easy task. Little did I know that 20 minutes later, I would get tired and give up. There are just too many.
A few notes:
The girl is one of those Argentinian hippies we’ve been hearing about. And, yes, she’s cool. She sells corn-based jewelry from her bus. I’ve often heard people wonder aloud how it’s possible to wander the world by just selling bracelets. I still don’t have a good answer – you just can.
The graffiti bus is for sale and around $1000 USD. It’s an Argentinian model with Peruvian plates. And, a big sunflower is a good way to cover up a bad repair job after a major front end collision.
The beetle with the giant speakers on top (a la Blues Brothers) was part of a political rally.
We return to Ecuador today and, of course, we’re still trying to figure out how to strategically pack our bags and bring everything we think we may want to have with us for the foreseeable future. I’ve been on and off the scale 10 times trying rearrange each bag to an allowable weight.
Naturally, we had a long list of things to do before we returned to South America. We didn’t stress out over it too much, but it does almost feel like we are starting over. We’ve been living a relatively pampered life for the past several weeks. There is a bit of an energy barrier to overcome in order to return to life on the road.
As far as list goes, the more items we checked off, the more we added. We won’t finish the list, but at least Bode has a new (to him) wetsuit and 2 of us shouldn’t get Typhoid fever.
Since I’ve been struggling to find the correct brake pads on the trip, I also figured it was a good time to stock up on some spares while we’re back in the USA. Two sets should last a while. I have no idea how many more miles we have to go in South America, but I figure we should have more luck finding spares the farther south we go. Time will tell.
I also decided to get that extra solar panel I’ve been thinking about. They are difficult to find and expensive south of the US border, so it’s now or never. We had a single 50W panel and now we’ll have 50W more. Back when I bought the first panel, I worried whether or not 50 would be enough. If you are considering your own camper setup, I recommend a 100W. Minimum. The best prices are on eBay. Merry Christmas to me.
Now I just have to figure out how to get it on the plane.
One of the books in my stack was a book called Think Small. It’s a 1967 collection of old VW-themed cartoons with profiles and stories from the artists. It’s actually very well done – especially considering they were given out by the dealers.
This one has seen better days. It’s all there and the pages are in good shape – they just aren’t all bound into the book. Some even look like an insect has dined on the edges. It’s probably too rough to be a collectible, but if anyone out there would like to have it… just drop us a note and it’s yours.
“The ultimate luxury is simplicity.”
Leonardo da Vinci
It’s funny. Even though we own very few possessions, it still feels like we have too much stuff and we can still find things to purge.
When I went to move my old Ghia, I realized I left behind a big stack of ephemera.
Catalogs, magazines, random VW books and the like.
I don’t actually recall reading any of the magazine articles. And, looking at the front covers, I can’t believe I even purchased some of them without cringing from embarrassment. Do bikini girls really help sell car magazines?
The reality is that if you wanted to find rare VW parts in the pre-Google era, this is where you went. I don’t recall any of it now, but I think there was a time in my life when I could tell you exactly how much to pay for a piston set and where to buy it. Everyone that knows me can attest I’ve never been much of a gearhead – I just have a (very) soft spot for air-cooled VW’s.
Anyway, I’ve been going through the stack and if anyone out there wants some decade-old VW magazines or catalogs, just let me know. I honestly don’t know what anyone would do with a West Coast Metric catalog from 1996, but hey, you never know. Some are in great shape and some are not, but the price is right.
While we’re on the topic of Karmann Ghias, I may as well disclose my history of more VW nerdiness. Back in ’97 I decided to compile some of my then-Ghia obsession into a web site.
The thing is, I was on to other priorities not long after. Although it got a little attention at the time (featured in a British VW magazine I now forget) the site eventually disappeared when the servers died and that was the end of it.
Before we started this trip, we were in the process of purging all of our worldly possessions. In our basement was the dusty old box of computer stuff – including the floppy disc backups of all the HTML and images from the site. Floppys being the junk that they are, most had “read errors” and I could only partially restore the site (why, I still have no idea.) However, I was able to find some bits and pieces using the Internet WayBack Machine – an ambitious piece of internet archiving, if you ever need it.
Anyway, there it is if you are interested. The Factory Assembly section is neat if you look at nothing else. I really have no intention of doing much else with it other than just leaving it out there. Who knows. Maybe after our bus trip, we can do another one in our ’65 Ghia.