Across Death Valley

Miracle was still feeling pretty rough from her concussion. Luckily, the symptoms became less cognitive and turned into more physiological—shoulder and neck cramps and the like. I tried my best to massage her shoulders, but I have not the strength of a masseuse, so we began to look around and happened upon a fairly incredibleContinue reading “Across Death Valley”

Podcast: Blacky

What do you do when your bus breaks down at a gas station in Sopchoppy, Florida and it’s dark and getting colder by the minute and you know no one in the area? You go home with a stranger named Brian Blackwell (nicknamed Blacky). Well… that’s what we did anyway. We met Blacky when heContinue reading “Podcast: Blacky”

Moab

“They are a cancer.” We heard this exact phrase from several of the locals regarding the number of ATVs trolling the roads of what I remembered as a laid back mountain biking town. They are simply everywhere—like super loud bumblebees with far less charm and way more environmental impact. Since I was last here, wellContinue reading “Moab”

Podcast: Leslie

Before we even set off on this journey, Leslie Lentz, reached out to us to say that her VW bus shared the same name as our rescue dog and faithful canine companion, Jolene… But could we make it all the way to Ontario, Canada for the interview? We could when Leslie also agreed to beContinue reading “Podcast: Leslie”

Wolf Creek Pass

Colorado Rocky Mountain High, baby! Thanks to Paul Austin of Austin Automotive in Canon City for giving the bus the once over and preparing us for the climb through the mountains. We tackled Wolf Creek Pass—immortalized by the CW McCall song—with aplomb. Yes, we chugged the last several miles in second gear, but that onlyContinue reading “Wolf Creek Pass”

Podcast: Ian

After staying several days at McIntyre’s Home for Wayward Buses and Wandering Souls in Miami, Florida, we finally convinced Ian McIntyre—VW bus enthusiast, artist, friend to all, dog whisperer extraordinaire, and all around renaissance man—to sit down with us for an interview. Tune in to hear why Ian created this home-away-from-home in paradise for fellowContinue reading “Podcast: Ian”

Re-tired

Things were going well. Too well. New Mexico was like a dream and we were heading into the last band of that red dirt land I love so much. We left the idyllic and secluded Lake Morphy with its switchback roads and pitch darkness, the crystalline lake with jumping fish and green bristling trees. FollowingContinue reading “Re-tired”

Podcast: Colin Kellogg

Colin Kellogg, the Itinerant Air-Cooled Mechanic, is a hard person to catch up with, having zig-zagged over 500,000 miles across the US in his bus teaching other VW bus owners how to repair and maintain their own VWs. As luck would have it, we were able to meet up with Colin in sunny Florida andContinue reading “Podcast: Colin Kellogg”