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.

13 thoughts on “BusFest

  • August 17, 2009 at 8:58 AM

    Hello, I found your website and am envious of your journey! I have worked at VW for MANY years and it is great to see one of our products be so entrusted as to carry your family on your adventure! Good luck!

  • August 17, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Good Morning to you three! We really enjoyed meeting you at the bus fest yesterday. We hope this day brings fun for you and adventures that will be fond memories for years to come. Gaye and i will follow your progress daily. Be safe and God be with you.

  • August 17, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    We miss you guys already! But I feel much better seeing that Bode is proving ready to be a capable relief driver…

    Why do I get the feeling that this show gave Jason a whole bunch of new project ideas?? Awnings are awesome!

  • August 17, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    I have a suggestion for your route….bail and come to Katy!!!! We will have a great extra room as of Thursday!!!

  • August 17, 2009 at 6:06 PM

    we’ll be there around Thanksgiving!

  • August 17, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    i feel like i need a canoe on top.

  • August 18, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    It was nice meeting you at our shop.
    Good luck on your trip and don’t for get to call if you have any problems we can help you with.
    Nice site. Keep it up.

  • August 19, 2009 at 8:29 AM

    If you get a canoe, you should also get a dog. Marley gets a lot of positive comments sitting up front in mine.

  • August 24, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Hey guys…I saw a red bus at Railroad Days yesterday and it had a sticker bodesWell.org on it so I checked it out when I got home. What a great story and a very nice bus too I might add. I put a picture of the bus on the flickr site above, (that’s my wife at the back). I’m sorry we didn’t make it to Valejo to the Busfest. We’ve been to a few of them and it’s just amazing to see all the people and busses that show up. What a wonderful bunch of folks. Good luck to you three and keep us posted…peace

  • August 25, 2009 at 11:25 AM


    Too bad we missed you in Portola – what a fun little town! You’ve got some great photos!

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