Well, we're not really all the way back on the road. We have six concerts scheduled thru February of 2022, but that's about it until summer of 2022. In the mean time, we'll continue with some local camping trips and visits to friends in our new/old VW Westy - our 7th collectively.
We love our music! We started going to concerts in Washington, DC. We saw some great jazz artists in Blues Alley, the Firm, and King Crimson (Merriweather Post Pavilion). We caught the Moody Blues and Norton Buffalo in Alaska. We saw a ton of brilliant Nashville studio musicians at Beachhaven winery.
In 1994, we got to see Pink Floyd at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg race track on our first trip to Germany. Most of our tour of three years and our second tour in 1996, was spent playing tourist - few concerts.
In the late '90's, we saw Paul Rodgers and Bad Company (Robert was Paul's webmaster for a couple of years) and the Moody Blues again.
After retirement in 2001, we saw several others until 2016 when we spent the summer going to nothing but concerts. 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 (cut short) were the same up until Covid-19 struck. Everything came to a screeching halt with Covid-19.
2021 is under way (albeit late) with five scheduled concerts, the last in January of 2022.
As long as we can, we'll keep on rockin'!
We've had a variety of vehicles over the years; slide-in campers, pop-top trailers, full size trailers, and more than one VW Westphalia camper. The worst of the bunch for comfort was a Trail-Lite Crossover; Robert could never get comfortable. The most comfortable was also a Trail-Lite, a hybrid. Our favorite was the VW camper, obviously.
Here's a collection of some of the ones we've had. Run your cursor over the image to see the history of the vehicle.
Robert's First VW Bus (Early - 70's )
Robert bought his first bus, just like this one, in the mid 1970's from Hank's Auto in Ashland, OR. It had 21 opera windows, front split-window, and a sliding roof. He doesn't remember what he paid, but it was less than $2,000. He sold it to a friend for $500.
Today (2021), that van shows up on Ebay for $45-65,000. Damn.
1970's Series VW Campers (Mid 70's/90's)
Between us, we had two of this series of campers, both were Weekender versions, not the Westy.
Robert, with a girlfriend, owned a similar van except it was powered by a Corvair engine. It was fun flying past the latest versions!
We owned a similar 1960's version of the van that we bought in Hopkinsville, KY. We had to sell it when we moved to Europe in the early 1990's.
1972 VW Camper (1996)
In 1996, we bought a 1972 van in Portland that was supposed to have a rebuilt engine. The guy that sold it to us was a mechanic and had done the work himself. We were on our way up to Seattle when it started blowing oil and we drove down the road to the next rest area with smoke billowing out the back end. We had it towed to a Seattle VW dealer who then charged us $4,000 to fix everything. A week after we picked it up, THAT engine blew in Medford, OR. Can't even trust dealers anymore.
1981 VW Camper (1996)
We bought this van when we sold the previous van that blew up. We sold it to a guy heading to South American. As he was driving up to Seattle, it blew a seal between the transmission and the engine. We offered him his money back, but he said he has someone to fix it, no problem.
1981 VW Camper - Batsy (2009)
We bought Batsy in 2009 and decided to campground host at Calf Creek. We decided that if we were going to be there two or more months, we needed a trailer. The park provided the trailer.
Trail-Lite Hybrid (2005)
In 2005, We bought the trailer in Portland at Curtis Trailers. We were assured by salesman that this particular trailer was withing tow-able weight for our Dodge. Never take a salesperson at their word. We were heading south towards Reno and after coming up into the mountains on I-5, we exited at the McCloud exit. Right off the bat, we noticed the car wouldn't shift out of 2nd gear. We limped into Reno and the Dodge dealer early the next working day. They had it fixed and underway in less that 6 hours. Good job there!!! Cause: trailer too heavy for car.
Dodge Dakota with All Terrain Camper (2012)
The Dodge Dakota with an All Terrain Camper provided the most fun since we owned it for 6 years and went places you couldn't go with some vehicles. We never had any problems with the camper and the worse that happened to the Dodge was a blown radiator and a seat belt mechanism that kept the seat belt from retracting. Peggy had to ride in the jump seat in back for three days. Should have got a medal for that...
Trail-Lite Crossover (2008)
The Dodge Dakota with a Trail-Lite Crossover.
Robert could never get comfortable in it.
1985 VW Camper Waterboxer (2021)
We got a VERY good deal (under today's conditions) on a 1985 VW Westy with a rebuilt engine and transmission. A lot of other work went into this van and it must have sat for awhile. So, we're upgrading it some more and will hit the road soon!