Herbie, our Love Bug, has traveled with us all around the world…
After globetrotting almost four years and 120,000 miles (or 200,000 km) we got back to Austria (Europe) and its so-called “normal life” but now we’re still going to take Herbie for new adventures. Below you can find the current blog entries.
Thanks for following Herbie’s World Tour!
At the “Volkswagen Beetle Show of Stockerau”, arranged by the KDKF Austria, Domi got the prize for the “dirtiest Bug” as Herbie’s engine compartment is still covered by the red mud of Africa – the award of course should rather honor Herbie’s World Tour.
Georgy, Flo and Domi spent the entire Sunday together – first at the show and later on harvesting cherries at Flo’s place in his native town Gerasdorf, just outside of Vienna.
After we returned to Austria we woke Herbie No. II up from his winter sleep and Domi just visited together with friends of our “DLV – Aircooled Community” a vintage Volkswagen show in Upper Austria. On their way they followed the Danube river upstream driving through the world famous Wachau valley, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Thanks to the air-cooled VW club “Käferfreunde Strudengau” for the wonderful event!
This is the most amazing wedding present! Michele Lee, the co-star in Walt Disney’s “The Love Bug”, congratulated us on our marriage by signing personal autographs for us. Lyle Gregory, dear friend and our Californian camp host, introduced Herbie’s World Tour to this lovely actress from Los Angeles. Thank you both so much for this!
“Domi and Zainab – You are as amazing as this car!” (by Michele Lee)
“Domi and Zainab – The Bug loves you!” (by Michele Lee)
“Domi + Zainab, Happy Tour! Happy Herbie! Happy marriage!” (by Michele Lee 2014)
Before we were heading back home to Austria again, Domi took Herbie for a final ride following the railway tracks towards Trona and its Pinnacles, a national natural landmark.
It’s always sad leaving Herbie behind but our Californian friends will keep an eye on him!
Today Jeanne and Dave Hecht of “Tales on the Trails” visited us out here in Ridgecrest. They wanted to meet up with us because they’re actually planning to travel the world in their Jeep Cherokee pulling “Tater”, a special custom made off-road camper.
These two adventurers contacted us because they were looking for people who have already experienced traveling the world with a trailer in tow. They got to our website through Sheena and Brad van Orden from Flagstaff, Arizona, who’re touring around the globe in a Volkswagen Vanagon named “Nacho” (find on “Drive Nacho Drive”).
We spent hours literally telling each other “tales on trails” and sharing our story of Herbie’s World Tour. We wish you, Jeanne and Dave, bon voyage and a safe journey!
The Love Bug is back in Las Vegas again! On Herbie’s World Tour we spent a lot of time in “Sin City”. This time we had a room at the “Circus Circus” in Northern part of the Strip.
We love to drive Herbie up and down the Las Vegas Boulevard and taking pictures from the parking lots from where you get excellent views over Nevada’s most populous city.
On our way to Mesquite, Nevada, where we’re staying for tonight, we drove through the Zion National Park in Utah. Tomorrow we’ll reach Las Vegas, our trip’s final destination.
As we’re trying to visit our most favorite spots in the US Southwest on this short leg of Herbie’s World Tour, we explored the Bryce Canyon National Park today in the morning.
Last night we were staying at a neat little motel in Panguitch, not far from Bryce Canyon.
Today we toured Domi’s favorite national park in the United States. It’s the Canyonlands National Park nearby the city of Moab where we’ve been already many times in the past.
After our visit at Canyonlands we headed back to our motel in the town of Green River.
As we were passing the city of Moab in Southeastern Utah today, we reunited with our most favorite route. For us, the Highway 128 is probably the most scenic on our planet.
Those 50 miles are a byway that connects Moab with freeway I-70 which lead us to Green River where we’ll stay for the next two nights in order to visit the local national parks.