Road Blog

Stay connected as we travel, this blog details our adventures through images and stories from the road. Look for our next big adventure, coming in early March, we will be traveling to Big Bend.

Friday July 22nd Cruise Day 1, Port Angeles to Astoria

Ediz Hook meetup spot

Ediz Hook meetup spot

27 VWs met at 9am at the scenic location of Ediz Hook. It was pretty cold, I had two jackets and a hat. We were very close to the ferry that takes you to Victoria.  

 

Behind the Cruise leaders at the front of the line, notice the Texas flags. We were stopped for construction.  

Behind the Cruise leaders at the front of the line, notice the Texas flags. We were stopped for construction.  

Brad and Andre waiting out the construction

Brad and Andre waiting out the construction

Getting gas in Aberdeen

Getting gas in Aberdeen

Imagine 27-40 Vws descending on one gas station at once.  

 

We made it to Oregon!  

We made it to Oregon!  

We were late arriving in Astoria and we missed our dinner reservations so we chose a local brewery that served good food. We sat down and made friends with some great people from Arizona and Joshua Tree. We followed our Joshua Tree buddies to the local KOA where we were threatened with 65.00 campsites. We managed to avoid the crazy fees and share a site. We convinced the host that three dogs was not one too many because one dog was a service dog for the less competent dog. We got to the KOA around 9pm and got ready for the next day. So far the bus is running great! We have had several people ask us abt our big engine and how it climbs the hills so well... its always fun to tell them its stock. 

We made it to Port Angeles!

2,289 miles later we have arrived at the tip of Washington ready to decend upon hwy 1 with abt 40 other VWs. Its been a long trip, but all in all a good trip. The bus is running well and we are ready for the adventure.   

We spent the night in Spokane last night at a KOA and drove the last 6 hours today. The temperatures have been great in Washington... mostly in the 70's.  

 

Snakes on a plane... Shepherds in a bus

Snakes on a plane... Shepherds in a bus

Tomorrow we meet the group at 9am at Ediz Hook which is a pennisula that juts out near Victoria. Many more photos to come.  

 

Brad eating at Jakes Cafe in Ritzville Washington

Brad eating at Jakes Cafe in Ritzville Washington

2,289 miles of bugs... right before the carwash in Port Angeles

2,289 miles of bugs... right before the carwash in Port Angeles

4th Fuel Pump is the Key!

He smiles because we are rolling on... not doing roadside assistance  

He smiles because we are rolling on... not doing roadside assistance  

Just want to brag on my talented husband Brad. He spent the last two days tracking down a weird fuel issue on the bus and after 4 fuel pumps he got it running.  It was a day of hot hot roadside repair, but all in all we havent lost that much time. He did a great job and the bus is running really well. 

We left Dalhart Tx yesterday morning and drove through Colorado (rough traffic in Denver), and finally spent the night in Casper, Wy. We pulled into Powder Creek Campground around 1:30am. There were only three Rv's there and we found a nice spot.  

 

Powder Creek Campground, Casper Wy

Powder Creek Campground, Casper Wy

Not a bad place for 15.00. The town only has 2 resturants and one is a gas station. We left early today for Billings Montana and beyond. We hope to put another 900 miles on the bus today. The temps are cool enough, in the 70's.  

 

 

Keep track of casualities

Keep track of casualities

Brad is telling the viewers that he is on fuel pump number 4 (left hand) and has killed 1 rabbit (right hand).  

 

on to Billings, hoping for some Breakfast there

on to Billings, hoping for some Breakfast there

Kota likes the cool breeze

Kota likes the cool breeze

Fuel Pumps are More Fun in Amarillo, Tx

Brad doing what he does

Brad doing what he does

As we passed through Claude Tx we noticed the bus cutting out and acting like it had a fuel issue. There were no auto stores so we kept going to Amarillo. It was a slow drive, we couldnt give it to much gas. By this time we figured we were in need of a new fuel pump. We were traveling with an extra electronic pump but we hoped to make it to an auto store to get the mechanical one. We made it and found when we opened tthe tool box a spare mechanical one... oops, 2 spares are better than 1. So far we are making it fine in the heat, the dogs seem good. We are now in Amarillo eating lunch. 

 

 

this sweet face has no idea we had fuel pump issues

this sweet face has no idea we had fuel pump issues