Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

Feeling blessed to be back at Canyon de Chelly in the Navajo Nation in Arizona. This is one of our most favorite spots in the USA. It’s calm and relaxing and we just love the atmosphere here.

Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah

One of our must-do’s when touring the US Southwest is to travel through Monument Valley, located in the Navajo Nation. Whenever we get there, we always take some pictures at the very same spot on Hwy. 163.

And as we were heading North entering Utah and the small town of Mexican Hat, we stopped for the night at Domi’s most favorite motel in the Southwest.

Get Your Parts On Route 66

Kingman, Arizona – We had to get some spare parts in order to service Herbie. Almost around the corner of our motel, in fact a couple blocks down the so-called “Mother Road” (Route 66) we spotted Rod’s VW Shop.

Arizona’s Little Britain

Visiting world’s famous “London Bridge” in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. It was built in the 1830ies and formerly spanned the River Thames in London, England. It was dismantled in 1967 and relocated to Arizona. Simply fascinating!

The Love Bug’s Dates

On this road trip we went to Southern California again to buy some Medjool dates. We were lucky to get there right at harvest time, so the dates are fresh from the palmtrees. 🌴

Herbie’s New # 53

Herbie is outfitted with new racing stripes and numbers and back on track touring all the way heading South to Yuma, Arizona.

On his first day back on the road since more than four months he covered 350 miles (560 km) driving from his actual hometown Ridgecrest, California, down to the Mexican border.

Naked Herbie

We are back in the States! On Thursday we got back here in order to take Herbie for another trip.

Herbie is getting new decals by AtoZ Graphics here in Ridgecrest, California, right now. Yesterday we saw him naked the first time in many years.

On As soon as Herbie gets his stripes and numbers back, we will take him for another road trip across the United States.

Many thanks to our dear friend Randy who’s always caring for Herbie when we are back home!

Fabulous Las Vegas

We just spent a couple days in Las Vegas, Nevada. Today we met our dear friend Wayne with his VW Bug from 1966. The other days we were doing the Las Vegas Strip and the Stratosphere Tower. We had a fabulous time!


The brand new book “Käfer Love” by Thorsten Elbrigmann was just released. This lovely book also features a story about our “Love Bug” Herbie and his travels around the world…

Kaefer Love

You can order “Käfer Love” via Amazon or directly from the publisher Delius Klasing.

Herbie’s Motor Oil

We’ve been treating Herbie with fully synthetic engine oil ever since and we never had any issues with the motor, even though we traveled with a camper in tow through the most toughest regions on earth, just as deserts, mountains and jungles.

Adamol’s fully synthetic 10W-60 “Racing” is our actual favorite! And we are proud using engine oil by an Austrian company which was founded 1896 by the Austrian Adam’s family.

Herbie’s a VW CLASSIC

Check out the latest edition of the German “VW CLASSIC” including ten pages about Herbie’s World Tour! Thank you, Magdalena Weinle, for this wonderful article!

In order to read it, click here!

The Sitting Hen

After more than four years of sitting in the backyard at a friend’s house in Ridgecrest, California, we have to move Herbie and the camper to another place. Therefore Domi “exhumed” the camper and was very surprised by what he found there…

Laughlin by the River

Before we were having our terrible ride back to Las Vegas, we tried to relax at a fancy hotel resort right at the Colorado river in Laughlin, Nevada. We really enjoyed to swim in the refreshing Colorado (as our hotel had its very own sandy beach, which others didn’t have) and also our stunning view from the 16th floor overlooking the town, the mountains and of course the blue Colorado river. (appendix)

At the moment we are in Pahrump and we’ll travel back to Ridgecrest tomorrow.

Herbie at Las Vegas’ Beetle Barn

We made it back safely! Herbie managed to drive the 99 miles (160 kilometers) from Laughlin to Las Vegas almost losing the cylinder head and two gallons of motor oil. After that Herbie was having two full days of “surgery” at the Beetle Barn.

But first of all, thank you so much, Justin, for your help with Herbie! And thank you, Wayne, for introducing us to Justin and his Las Vegas’ Beelte Barn!

Herbie was suffering from at least one ripped out stud which affected a loosen cylinder head. Domi had to remove the engine and take it all apart, so Justin could install inserts on all the studs in order to secure the heads and cylinders to the case. While they were doing that, they also treated Herbie with an extensive service including renewing the exhaust valve of cylinder no. three, replacing the piston rings as well as push rod tubes and changing various sealing gaskets.

After all that Herbie is ready for another world tour…

99 Miles Odyssey Ahead

Herbie was making weird noises (we called it “making popcorn”) and was continuously loosing power for the last weeks. Therefore we stopped by Justin Stephens’ “Beetle Barn” in Las Vegas (an outstanding shop for air-cooled VWs, recommended by our friend Wayne De Mello), while we were on our way to Laughlin, further South at the Colorado river.

Justin figured out the problem almost immediately. He diagnosed that the cylinder heads got loosen, which effected the valves by getting out of tune. He suggested to tighten the lower bolts and to adjust the valves afterwards. When we torqued down the heads, one of the studs didn’t hold up and ripped out. We thought that it would work out for a while because there are still seven other studs which would hold the head to the core.

We started the engine and Herbie seemed to run perfect again. Therefore we took off and hit the road towards Laughlin. While we were driving on the highway in the middle of desert, we noticed loosing power again and blamed the gusty head wind for it. But after a while those weird noises came back. And suddenly the oil pressure pilot lamp went on. We turned off the engine instantly and stopped on the emergency lane. Domi checked the motor oil level and indeed, there was no oil left. At that moment we knew, something went terribly wrong and the cylinder head was coming apart. Consequently we had to decide if we should continue to drive to Laughlin or if we should head back to Vegas. But as we were already closer to Laughlin and afraid not having enough oil to refill, we decided to continue to Laughlin.

We finally reached Laughlin after moving slowly and stopping several times in order to check the oil level as we were losing one quart (~ one liter) of oil per 15 miles.

After checking in at our hotel, we contacted Justin if he could help us to repair the loosen engine stud(s) if we would make it back to Vegas. He declared his support. Thank you, Justin!

But there is still one huge obstacle left: Driving Herbie 99 miles (160 kilometers) all the way back to Las Vegas with a loosen cylinder head and spilling oil by the liter.