2009 Itinerary . . . updated 11/29/09

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2009 Itinerary . . . updated 11/29/09

Post by Amskeptic » Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:28 pm

April 11 Done! James Dwan . . . Garland TX
April 13 Done! mightyart . . . Dallas TX
April 15 Done! onion456 . . . Rosenberg TX
May 25 Done! appetite . . . Montclair NJ
May 29 Done! grandfatherjim . . . Syracuse NY
June 5 Done! locoqueso . . . Grayslake IL
June 7 Done! yondermtn . . . Barrington IL
June 9 Done! sped372 . . . Lodi WI
June 11 Done! Hippie . . . Des Moines IA
June 14 Done! whc03grady . . . Missoula MT
June 18 Done! satchmo . . . Pullman WA
June 19-21 done DeschutesRiverRendezVW . . . Maupin OR
June 22 Done! Deschutestrout then Lucky Lab
June 24 Done! Oregon72 . . . Sherwood OR
June 25 Done! Westy78 . . . Portland OR
June 26 Done! justgimmecoffee. . . Portland OR
June 27 Done! jmiller . . . Portland OR
June 28 Done! dhoch14 . . . Beaverton OR
June 30 Done! microbusdeluxe . . . Bellingham WA
July 5 Done! misszora . . . Portland OR
July 7 Done! fancypants . . . Portland OR
July 9 Done! aircooledchris . . . Eureka CA
July 11 Done! myopolis . . . Folsom Blues CA
July 13 Done! Covelo . . . Santa Clara CA
July 25 Done! Birdibus . . . Pomona CA
July 28 Done! vwdreamBayb . . . Encinitas CA
July 29 Done! MConverse . . . San Diego CA
July 31 Done! Lanval . . . Irvine CA
August 1 Done! Sluggo . . . Los Angeles CA
August 5 Done! Peter Maggoire . . . Los Alamos NM
August 6 Done! jtauxe . . . Los Alamos NM
August 8 Done! The Bowers . . . Los Alamos NM
August 9 Done! Jim Reeves . . . Los Alamos NM
August 12 Done! cooperm81 . . . Frederick CO
August 14 Done! bretski . . . Fort Collins CO
August 16 Done! Quadratrückseite . . . Castle Rock CO
August 16 8:05 PM Road Warrior . . . Done!

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September 17
the following calls have been cancelled and deposit refunds provided:

type2sam . . . Manchester CT
Kregol . . . Boston MA
vwbuff . . . Ocean Park ME (thanks, Randy!)
jules . . . Troy NY
jl74supercab. . . . Flemington NJ
cheesehead . . . Hyattsville MD
tanichols . . . Anneville PA
runamuckbus . . . Wherever PA (27th? noooooooo)
hercdriver . . . Beaver PA
Strop . . . Cleveland OH

The following calls I hope to do only after I am authorized by insurance company representative
hi Barb! > I cannot camp in the Lexus and will need lodging coverage for the 2 out of 3 days that I used to camp in the VW.

September 25 Done! vwlover77/Sean/ . . . Cleveland OH (soc. call)
September 27 Done! TrollFromDownBelow. . . Detroit MI
September 29 Done! chitwnturk&co . . . Chicago IL (soc. call)
October 1-4 Done! Marc . . . Saint Louis MO (soc. call)
October 8 Done! midatlanticys . . . Atlanta GA
November 8 James Dwan . . . Garland TX
November 10 Done For The Season
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

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Post by Amskeptic » Sat Aug 22, 2009 3:02 pm

Folks, I have some consultations to deal with here in Atlanta area. So many stupid things after a crash.

Here's one. My driving glasses, which took some good glass shard hits, saved me potentially thousands of dollars of eye care/surgery, but I have to rustle up the receipt for their purchase to let company know what is an acceptable replacement value.

My noise-attenuating headphones, which saved me from going insane in the trashy noise of Starbucks, were smashed into junk inside of my laptop case, laptop itself is thankfully still booting.

My neck decided to absolutely torture me halfway across the country because the Caravan's headrest ergonomics were horrid and kept pushing my head forward.

Back is fine . . . if I don't move. It is my brain which keeps reading danger and spazzing out my brake pedal and steering wheel muscles. You get the wind and torrential rain last night, Sylvester? I was freaking out on GA 285 and GA 400. The Dodge had low profile wide tires with just the acceptable tread depth and a horrible braking shimmy, and I was all nerves, like a little old lady trying to land the shuttle.

I need to address some of these concerns, and need a couple of days to do so. I needd to finish registration on the Lexus and the BobD needs Hagerty Full Replacement Value Insurance .
Colin
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

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Post by Amskeptic » Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:11 am

Hi.
At the end of the Itinerary each fall, I have experienced a little let-down, as the vistas and adventures continue to trip through my mind while I have to readjust to staying in one place longer than 12 hours, and there would be my bus just sitting out there with a look of "when's the next one start?"

But this time is a vacuum, the loss of a loyal mechanical friend is hitting my psyche now that I am sitting in one place longer than 12 hours and staring at the relentless rain here in Georgia this morning. Maybe this is the time to just unwind and consider that which has happened. There is no explaining it, and my inner landscape has no desire to share the loss, it is too personal, too ridiculous from an outside vantage point, and it has triggered the ages-old nattering of my ancient parental scripts that used to bully me with "grow up! act your age! why are so obsessed with that old Volkswagen?"

There was a time when, if you had given me the keys to the BobD and said, 'here, it's yours," I would have likely been enthralled and driven right off in it, leaving my old bus sitting at home in its battle-scarred dowdyness while I vacuumed up the compliments of strangers gushing over its pristine perfection. But in this time of my life, I am inconsolable with the loss of that shared experience with that plucky old bus.

This is my lesson, and I do not know how to impart it, that the great beauty of perfection and youth and potential is indeed something to admire, but the shared paths and travails and defeats and victories and stupid dull moments of existential irritability and those towering small dumb rages that dissipated eventually with evidence of same left behind in scratches and dents from thrown tools, the soldiering through life saddled by ignorance on the way to wisdom, this is something all together beyond the admiration and aesthetic appreciation I once foolishly called love.
Colin
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

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Post by Gypsie » Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:19 am

Thanks for sharing.

Been missing your presence a bit, but understand the need for some peace and distance.

Looking forward to your technical feedback as well as your passion in matters philosophical.

Set a spell, kick your feet up, wander the halls of your psyche, dust off them memories and ponder. We'll be here.
So it all started when I wanted to get better gas mileage....

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Post by hambone » Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:45 am

Dust in the wind....
Some things are greater enforcers of this ultimate truth.
Some tough jerky needs a long while of chawin' before swallowin'.
I know you'll make peace with this. You have a lot of bumpy miles under your butt Mr. Kellog. Your wise words have helped me immeasurably over the years, during some rather difficult times. I only wish I could repay the favor.
TIME WOUNDS ALL HEELS
and
GET BACK IN THAT SADDLE!
:flower: :flower: :flower:
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http://pdxvolksfolks.blogspot.com
it balances on your head just like a mattress balances on a bottle of wine
your brand new leopard skin pillbox hat

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Post by Elwood » Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:41 am

Elwood and I understand Colin. You are strong and beyond smart in so many things. If I lost my Elwood to some "Twit" as you called her,it would have put me in the looney bin.

Just pull out a Q-tip ever so often and spray it with some Gum Out and give those cute ears a cleaning, just like ol' times :yawinkle:

The IAC and your visits have enriched my life in more ways than you can imagine :goodman:

Really hope to see you on next years run, We will need your help as we both age gracefully :flower:

Love, B/E
'69 weekender ~ Elwood

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Post by Amskeptic » Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:09 pm

Elwood wrote:Really hope to see you on next years run, We will need your help as we both age gracefully :flower:
Love, B/E
Next year's run is raging up in me as almost a defiant tossed middle finger to the forces of destruction. This year's interrupted itinerary was awakening a realization within that I was building something.
Don't know what, 'zactly, but it was something.
ColinSmarting
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

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Post by hambone » Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:10 pm

36 HP. Maybe put that in yer pipe.
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http://pdxvolksfolks.blogspot.com
it balances on your head just like a mattress balances on a bottle of wine
your brand new leopard skin pillbox hat

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Post by glasseye » Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:31 pm

Amskeptic wrote: Next year's run is raging up in me as almost a defiant tossed middle finger to the forces of destruction. This year's interrupted itinerary was awakening a realization within that I was building something.
Don't know what, 'zactly, but it was something.
ColinSmarting
"building something", nothing. You've built something. You've built a unique society of friends that previously had little in common besides the Internet and Volkswagens. I, for one, find that these pages have become a part of my daily life. For this, I thank you.
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Paul Wolfowitz, speaking of Iraq.

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Post by vwlover77 » Tue Oct 13, 2009 4:47 am

glasseye wrote: "building something", nothing. You've built something. You've built a unique society of friends that previously had little in common besides the Internet and Volkswagens. I, for one, find that these pages have become a part of my daily life. For this, I thank you.
=D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>

And I thank you too!
Don

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"When we let our compassion go, we let go of whatever claim we have to the divine." - Bruce Springsteen

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Post by dhoch14 » Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:29 pm

Colin,

I can only simply say "thank you" for your dedication and hard work.

-dave
93 VW T4 2.4D Cali

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Post by James Dwan » Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:50 pm

Yes thank you for the knowledge and inspiration and the confidence building and even the dreaded pop quiz.
As I told you several times I am a permanent fixture on your itinerary even if there's nothing wrong with any of my VWs.
Happy trails
'73/'77 Westfakia
'78 Super Vert
'59 23 Window Deluxe

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Post by Amskeptic » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:01 am

James Dwan wrote:Yes thank you for the knowledge and inspiration and the confidence building and even the dreaded pop quiz.
As I told you several times I am a permanent fixture on your itinerary even if there's nothing wrong with any of my VWs.
Happy trails
Why hello, James. Is the '59 safely back in your possession? I just drove one in Ohio last month.
Colin
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

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Post by hambone » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:05 am

What's it like driving a '59 after being so used to a late bay?
http://greencascadia.blogspot.com
http://pdxvolksfolks.blogspot.com
it balances on your head just like a mattress balances on a bottle of wine
your brand new leopard skin pillbox hat

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Post by Amskeptic » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:13 am

hambone wrote:What's it like driving a '59 after being so used to a late bay?
I was still rattled and gun-shy of dusk Cleveland urban traffic, when I drove Sean Gallagher's bus, but it was definitely Essence du Early Volkswagen, a good stout simple heart with crude rigid suspension manners, but light precise mechanical action.
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

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