MG Awareness Roadtrip – USA from east to west
This page contains:
(a) Planned route – PHASE 1: coast to coast from MA to CA,
November 2011 to January 2012
(b) Spontaneous short trips – PHASE 2: west coast Jan-March 2012 (it actually became Jan-May 2012)
Itinerary – dates, places and mileage
Updated maps from the road
1. Planned route – first leg from MA to CA Here’s the planned route, as far as eastern California, that is. However be aware that when driving a ’71 VW bus anything can happen! Also, some of you have asked for an itinerary. Once the trip starts, dates will be added in the itinerary section below as far in advance as possible, but because invitations to events pop up last minute, please keep checking back here for updates. You can also join The YesWeCan CamperVan on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with the latest news.Carole Brown is driving her VW Bus, The YesWeCan CamperVan, from Massachusetts to California (and beyond) for a good cause. She invites you to support the campaign for “MG Awareness” along the route by coming out to meet her. You might be able to help her arrange an event, or if you have a Classic VW you could drive a few miles in your vehicle alongside her to draw more attention to the cause. Also please comment below about MG events and support group meetings or VW club meetups and campouts …. or maybe you can offer a place to park overnight, a shower or a beverage? Carole says most of all she’ll appreciate your comments here and your fine company if do get get to meet!
2. Itinerary for MG Awareness Drive
|1. MA = Massachussetts|
|Provincetown START(only 750 miles since arrived from California July 5th 2010)||20 Oct 2011 Start of cross country trip||
|2. RI = Rhode Island||20 Oct||171,800|
|Amy in Millbury, MA||20 Oct 171,841||9 Nov 171,842|
|3. CT = Connecticut||9 Nov 2011||pass through|
|4. NY = New York from Bronx onto George Washington Bridge and NJ||9 Nov 2011||pass through|
|5. NJ = New Jersey|
|Susan and Ed, Metuchen, NJ overnight hosts||9 Nov 172,049||10 Nov 172,049|
|Meet RACHEL inMilltown re her MG story||10 Nov 172,088||10 Nov 172,088|
|6. PA = Pennsylvania||10 Nov||pass through|
|7. DE = Delaware||10 Nov||pass through|
|8. MD = Maryland||10 Nov||pass through|
|9. VA = Virginia|
|Tom & Cammie, Falls Church, VA (near DC) my hosts from VW club||Arrive 10 Nov 172,304||Leave 11 Nov 172,304|
|Ronnie Pugh’s VW repair shop Bug Haus, 10 Westover Hills Blvd, in Richmond, VA (804-232-8989)||11/11/11 Veterans day 172,416||11/11/11 Friday 172,418|
|10. NC = North Carolina|
|NC Welcome Center on I-95Overnight||11 Nov 11 172,504||12 Nov 11 172,504|
|MGFA Carolinas Annual Meeting East Regional Library, 211 Lick Creek Lane, Durham, NC
George Naderman, Chair NC Chapter (877) 643-2221
|12 Nov 2011 172,620||12 Nov 2011 172,620|
|Richard and Lila,
|12 Nov 2011 172,656||16 Nov 2011 172,656|
|11. SC = South Carolina|
|MDA 1st meeting of new support group for MG patients, Myrtle Beach, SC. Meet Cindy to talk about her MG.||16 Nov 2011 172,837||16 Nov 2011 172,845|
|Myrtle Beach: visit TV News station; meet Nicola–her MG story. Meet Coffeebus (Full Moon Bus Club) and camp the night in M’ Beach.||17 Nov 2011 172,845||18 Nov 2011 172,868|
|VW Campout weekend: Full Moon Bus Club SC group “Thanksgivin’ Misgivins” at Awendaw Green, SC
(Snoopy et al – clutch repair)
|18 Nov 2011 172,868||20 Nov 2011 172,948|
|Leave campout and head to Charleston, SC for overnight stay with club member||20 Nov 2011 172,948||23 Nov 2011 172,969|
|Stay with other FMBC members for Thanksgiving from start 1303 miles||24 Nov 2011||27 Nov 2011|
|Meet Laura Ann in Aiken, SC||27 Nov 2011||28 Nov 2011|
|12. GA = Georgia|
|Peachtree City, near Atlanta, stayed with MG patient Debbie||28 Nov 2011||30 Nov 2011|
|13. AL = Alabama|
|Birmingham MGFA Chapter –
met Christi Bova and her team
|30 Nov 2011||2 Dec 2011|
|Met Staci, MG patient, Alabaster||2 Dec 2011||4 Dec 2011|
|Breakdown and tow in Alabasterand Bill comes out to do repair|
|Stay with Bill and Carol (VW)Sylacauga||4 Dec 2011||7 Dec 2011|
|Engine repairs in Montgomery||7 Dec 2011||10 Dec 2011|
|Montgomery South RV Park||10 Dec 2011||11 Dec 2011|
|overnight stop at Windcreek Casino,Atmore||11 Dec 2011||12 Dec 2011|
|quick stop and tour at Mobile||12 Dec 2011||12 Dec 2011|
14. LA = Louisiana
New Orleans one day visit – 12 and 13 December
Steven Taylor MG patient, Branch, LA – 14 December
15. Mississipi – drove through
Houston – 15 and 16 December
Austin and Spicewood – 17 and 18 December
Fort Stockton – VW breakdown! – 20-22 December
El Paso – stop with friends for Christmas – 23-27 December 2011
17. New Mexico
Quick stop for tea at McDonalds in Las Cruces – 27 December 2011
Tucson 27 December 2011 – 3rd January 2012: more engine checks and time to enjoy New Years, visit Anglican Church in Tucson and talk about MG.
Phoenix – 2nd to 8th January: BUSY TIME for MG Awareness … SanTan VW dealership for meeting, Phoenix Channel 3 TV News interview and weekend information booth at Phoenix Swapmeet
Lake Havasu City arrived on Monday 9 January for Buses by the Bridge XVI 12-15 January, 2012 – MG information table for 3 days.
Arrived Mentone, south eastern California, Sunday 15 Jan 2012,
arrival odometer 176,776 !!!!!
(shown in photo to left)
Start odometer reading was 171,667, which means ACTUAL TOTAL MILES driven to Mentone, California from Cape Cod, Massachusetts = 5,109
MGA Route plan modified 22 Nov 2011 at 12.40 EST
Will now be reviewing the drive so far, success of MG awareness campaign, and plan the next legs of the road trip, phases 2 and 3 (see below).
3. UPDATED MAPS from the road
10th December 2011: at last a map showing the route completed so far by the red line.
UPDATE Sunday 18 December 2011: from TEXAS
Over 3,000 miles completed, as shown by the red line – about another 1,200 to gobefore we reach Mentone, California. Thought we’d be there by now, so not sure where we’ll be spending Christmas day yet! UPDATE Thursday 22 December 2011: remaining route for phase 1 of drive for MG Awareness
As you can see, from the map above (click on it to enlarge), there’s another 1200 miles to go and hopefully we’ll make this with no further delays, except for those of a good kind!
UPDATE Sunday 1st January 2012: from Tucson, Arizona
[ not to editor – NEED A NEW MAP HERE!!!]
PHASE 2: Jan-March 2012/
will include shorter tours for MG awareness in California, Arizona and Oregon.
Tucson, Phoenix and Lake Havasu, Arizona.
15 January drive from Lake Havasu to Mentone, California.
mid-end January Burbank, South Gate, Long Beach, Newport Beach and Huntingdon Beach, California.
The YesWeCan CamperVan goes into Jim’s VW in Monterey Park for new engine and repairs.
Go on bus to Las Vegas, Nevada.
Hire car to test drive section of Route 66 from Kingman to Seligman, Arizona to see if would be good for MG Awareness drive with a caravan of classic cars.
Return of my beloved VW bus with NEW engine!
MG Awareness Campaign continues around areas of South Gate and Monterey Park (Los Angeles environs) and Costa Mesa, Southern California.
Southern California: including Corona, San Bernadino, Redlands, Mentone, Yucaipa, Beaumont, San Marcos, San Diego.
20 March 2012 – San Diego – odometer reading is 177, 589
This may be the most southern and eastern part of our drive, hence taking the odometer reading.
Now what was that mileage when we left Massachusetts last October? From the start of our drive for MG Awareness on 20 Oct 2011, to here in San Diego 20 March 2012 is …………….. miles? Answer is 5,922 miles.
PHASE 2 is continuing/PHASE 3 on hold, due to insufficient funds or sponsorship for Route 66 drive
more spontaneous trips to see MG patients and talk about MG, as follows:
1st April: Nojoqui Falls near Solvang, central CA, for Vintage VW Club meeting
2-4 April: Arroyo Grande
5 April: Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo
6 April: San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Newspaper and radio station ; Morro Bay; Watsonville
6-10 April: Crystal Bay Farm, Monterey Bay, for Easter
11 April: Met MG patient at Crystal Bay farm
11 April: Go north to Moraga, east of Oakland. Moraga will be my base for next couple of weeks to visit Lafayette, Oakland, SF, Sacramento, etc.
15 April: VW Niello Ranch Run, Sacramento |
22 April: Kelley Park VW show, San Jose
23 April: Fellow VW Woman, Julia Weber has her exhibit for her MFA dissertation at San Jose University and I introduce my 1971 VW bus to her 1971 VW bus for some photo opps and publicity shots. She records my VW story for her dissertation and I talk to students about MG.
4 May Leave my friends in Moraga
4-5 May Drive from SF Bay area to Los Angeles
5 May: Adobe Photoshop workshop at Lynda.com in Carpinteria; talk to other participants about MG and hand out vw4causes stickers
6 May: Orange Empire Bus Club Show, Anaheim, CA
12 May: Inland Valley VW Club Show at Wolfsburg West
14 May: Store VW bus at WW, Corona, to rest before we continue in the Fall, 2012!!!!
PHASE 3: was planned for April-May 2012 (CA >> back east to Massachusetts) ON HOLD
We’d like to drive on Route 66 from Santa Monica to Chicago and we’re looking for OTHER VINTAGE VWs and OTHER CLASSIC CARS to join us.Please comment below if you’d like more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org and put Route 66 in subject line. We’d love to hear from you