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Texas Terry

Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time.  That’s what happened when Terry waved us down and took us to the Texas Bus Fest.  Not only did he introduce us to some great people, but he also  invited us to come and stay at his house after Dallas so we could get some work done on the van.

Terry has a business card that he hands out as kind of a gag.  It says ”Where old Volkswagens go to die”.  But in this case, we took ours there to keep it alive.

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We stayed three nights at his place and he took us out for some local bbq and Mexican food. We also got to catch up with Randy, another new friend from Bus Fest.

Van breakfast

Van breakfast

Texas bbq

Texas bbq

It was really great to spend a few days with him and take advantage of his years of VW experience. He helped me to install the electronic ignition, clean up the leaking battery acid and put in a battery box to catch any further spills, we got an oil change and a tune up done and I also got the roof rack installed and got around to doing some electrical wiring that I’d been meaning to do for a while.

He also taught a few lessons in what he calls “southern engineering”… the basic principle is: if it doesn’t fit, hit it with a hammer.  Sometimes that’s just the kind of ingenuity you need to get the job done.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Then, as if that wasn’t already enough, Terry pulled up a chair at his old sewing machine and within no time at all he had knocked up some fly screens for our sliding door.  And he left us with a parting gift of some wild honey from the bee hives on his property.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATerry – we really can’t thank you and Theresa enough for all the help and hospitality you’ve shown us.  You’re a true ambassador for the great state of Texas.

Bus Fest

So there are a lot of reasons not to drive an old VW bus up to Alaska and then down to Argentina. I don’t think I can count how many people have said with a grimace …”You’re going where?? In that?? “. However, we’ve just had one of those experiences which completely validates our decision.

We were driving from Austin towards Dallas in Texas, when a fellow in an orange VW bus driving in the opposite direction madly waved us down. Mark thought that he was having van troubles, so we turned around and pulled over to see what the the problem was. He excitedly told us that we were going the wrong way. We laughed and told him we weren’t, as we were headed towards Dallas. “Well”, he said, “that is the wrong way”. That weekend there was a big VW camp out, about 50 miles back the way we came. This was on Thursday and we had to be in Dallas on Friday, we could definitely go…even if it was just for the night.

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That man turned out to be Terry. A super friendly Texan guy, with lots of VW knowledge. He refers to Australia as “South Texas” and Canada as “North Texas”… awesome. He invited us to his place after we’d been to Dallas in order to do some much needed work on the van.Terry and RemyTerry

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We met so many great people (and dogs) at Bus Fest and were disappointed that we couldn’t stay for the entire weekend. From all accounts, the party hadn’t even started yet.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Get ready for the best dog names you’ve ever heard. Introducing….Indiana Bones and Crocadog Dundee.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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It was fun walking around and checking out other people’s buses and their amazing setups….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Oh, and their tattoos…..

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