Hello! Log in or Register   |  Help  |  Donate  |  Buy Shirts New!  See all banner ads | Advertise on TheSamba.com  
TheSamba.com
 
Trip Reports AND Quick Trips!
Page: Previous  1, 2, 3  Next
Forum Index -> Vanagon Share: Facebook Twitter
Reply to topic
Print View
Quick sort: Show newest posts on top | Show oldest posts on top View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
4Gears4Tires
Samba Member


Joined: October 08, 2018
Posts: 2151
Location: MD
4Gears4Tires is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:46 am    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

Took my mother and my S.O. to Shenandoah NP for lunch and a hike so we could hang out together while my father's funeral was going on in Greece. Hard day for my mom, but I know she appreciated the outing. We hiked Stony Man Summit, the last time my mom hiked it she was 38 weeks pregnant with me! She kept a decent pace at 70! 800' of elevation change for the hike. She really enjoyed being in a Vanagon again and misses hers, a gray Wolfsburg edition. This time around it was her in the back seat taking a nap on the way back home.

Besides some highway hiccups the van ran great. Still chasing those down. 25mph (as is the speed limit in places on Skyline Drive) and going up and down hills is a really hard spot to be in for the Vanagon. 35-40mph is much more comfortable for the gearing.

Parked
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Halfway up, you can see the green creeping in from the valley floor. It still wasn't spring above 2,000 feet.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Summit
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Heading back, what a wonderful road to drive.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
'87 Syncro
Ferric Oxyhydroxide Superleggera Edition
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Classifieds Feedback
campism
Samba Member


Joined: September 07, 2007
Posts: 4023
Location: Richmond VA
campism is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:28 am    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

4Gears4Tires wrote:
Heading back, what a wonderful road to drive.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

True. This is just below the crest of Thunder Ridge near Bedford, at the top of a 13 mile downhill stretch.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
'87 Westy in Wolfram Grey Metallic
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Merian
Samba Member


Joined: January 04, 2014
Posts: 5212
Location: Orygun
Merian is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

erste wrote:
AND post Quick Trips in this thread?


What is a Quick Trip? If that means Day Trips w/o an overnight, then I'm not using the Vanagon for that anymore, since I bought a real nice Hybrid SUV with a 400 mile range between fill-ups...

Anyway, I'm thinking of going to Fort Rock, OR before things get too hot here.

And looking for the best camp sites nearby...
_________________
....
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
thatbaldwinlife
Samba Member


Joined: August 01, 2011
Posts: 491
Location: Portland, Or
thatbaldwinlife is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

Merian wrote:
erste wrote:
AND post Quick Trips in this thread?


What is a Quick Trip? If that means Day Trips w/o an overnight, then I'm not using the Vanagon for that anymore, since I bought a real nice Hybrid SUV with a 400 mile range between fill-ups...

Anyway, I'm thinking of going to Fort Rock, OR before things get too hot here.

And looking for the best camp sites nearby...


The best sites near Fort Rock are at Hole in the Ground. There are a few more on iOverlander around there as well.
nate
_________________
1987 Westy RJE 2.2L WBX
Westy Adventure YouTube Videos
Read all of our Westy adventures at That Baldwin Life
instagram - nate_baldwin and thatbaldwinlife
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Facebook Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
tjet
Samba Member


Joined: June 10, 2014
Posts: 2838
Location: CA
tjet is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 3:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

campism wrote:
4Gears4Tires wrote:
Heading back, what a wonderful road to drive.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

True. This is just below the crest of Thunder Ridge near Bedford, at the top of a 13 mile downhill stretch.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Great photo
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Gallery Classifieds Feedback
erste
Samba Member


Joined: March 29, 2013
Posts: 1061
Location: San Francisco
erste is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

Merian wrote:
erste wrote:
AND post Quick Trips in this thread?


What is a Quick Trip? If that means Day Trips w/o an overnight, then I'm not using the Vanagon for that anymore, since I bought a real nice Hybrid SUV with a 400 mile range between fill-ups...

cool.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
erste
Samba Member


Joined: March 29, 2013
Posts: 1061
Location: San Francisco
erste is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

4Gears4Tires wrote:
Took my mother and my S.O. to Shenandoah NP for lunch and a hike so we could hang out together while my father's funeral was going on in Greece. Hard day for my mom, but I know she appreciated the outing. We hiked Stony Man Summit, the last time my mom hiked it she was 38 weeks pregnant with me!

Really sorry to hear. That's a nice memory and a good trip to take considering the circumstances. thanks for sharing
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
erste
Samba Member


Joined: March 29, 2013
Posts: 1061
Location: San Francisco
erste is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

There's been some really good trip reports in the past few weeks.

SSWesty's trip to the Redwoods and Oregon Coast (1200 miles)
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Blaicsinclair's first offroad trip report in a new vanagon: Running Springs
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


markleford shared this video of their trip to the lost coast

Link


dabaron's trip to a sweet drive-in and Lehigh Gorge
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Merian
Samba Member


Joined: January 04, 2014
Posts: 5212
Location: Orygun
Merian is offline 

PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2021 3:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

goldtooth wrote:
Merian wrote:
erste wrote:
AND post Quick Trips in this thread?


What is a Quick Trip? If that means Day Trips w/o an overnight, then I'm not using the Vanagon for that anymore, since I bought a real nice Hybrid SUV with a 400 mile range between fill-ups...

Anyway, I'm thinking of going to Fort Rock, OR before things get too hot here.

And looking for the best camp sites nearby...


The best sites near Fort Rock are at Hole in the Ground. There are a few more on iOverlander around there as well.
nate


Thx, I've camped at Hole in the Ground various times since 1970. I'll be luxo-glamping in a cabin this time, and will check out the iOverlander site too.
_________________
....
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Slimvest
Samba Member


Joined: March 20, 2014
Posts: 431
Location: Portland, OR
Slimvest is offline 

PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 2:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

Quick trip over the mountains to look for fish. When a friend says they'll loan you their extra fly gear, teach you the ropes, and has the same shoe size, you go. The only thing I caught was a tick trying to climb up my leg, but it was a good weekend on the Deschutes river. Time to start looking for my own waders and 5 weight fly rod.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
'87 GL w/ Reimo top
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Blakesinclair
Samba Member


Joined: January 22, 2021
Posts: 56
Location: Santa Ana, California
Blakesinclair is offline 

PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2021 8:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

Kids had the day off from school, and no little league practice so we took advantage of the day and hit San Onofre. First time "fully loaded" with surfboards, camping box, wife, two kids and the dog.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Was a little gloomy this morning so everyone was pretty happy hanging in the van.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Eventually the sun came out.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Boone is ready for me to install my ARB awning.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
———————
1985 Weekender Vanagon 1.9L - Manual
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
thatbaldwinlife
Samba Member


Joined: August 01, 2011
Posts: 491
Location: Portland, Or
thatbaldwinlife is offline 

PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 6:45 am    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

Our trip up to Leavenworth Washington.


Link

_________________
1987 Westy RJE 2.2L WBX
Westy Adventure YouTube Videos
Read all of our Westy adventures at That Baldwin Life
instagram - nate_baldwin and thatbaldwinlife
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Facebook Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
joetiger Premium Member
Samba Member


Joined: January 27, 2005
Posts: 4447
Location: denver
joetiger is offline 

PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 2:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

My little two-day escape to the hills last week doesn't really warrant its own thread, so...

After a severely stressful few days at work (same as all the other days) I snagged a couple of days off and headed for the hills.

Found a great spot on Wed. night in Buffalo Creek Wilderness area. There wasn't another soul for miles.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


The next morning, I headed south to Crestone, a little spiritual commune-type hamlet in the Sangre de Cristos. However, I was either still stressed about work or just plain dumb, because I went to Westcliffe, clear on the other side of the mountains. It was all F150's, a saloon, and cowboy hats. This was not at all what I expected when I pulled in thinking it was Crestone. Smile

After gathering my thoughts and mapping a route around the mountains, the van fired up and started missing terribly--my ongoing problem had returned.

With no confidence in the van, nor my ability to diagnose it, I headed north to Buena Vista and John at Urabus with hat in hand and self-reliant pride demolished.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

New beige tire cover! It looks kinda Jeepy but the black one I had before had gotten toasted and cracked by the Colorado sun. This one seems much more durable.


John was sure it was a straight misfire, and he was right. After testing the wires, we found that I had yet another bad coil wire. He pulled a nearly-new one off of a removed Tiico, I threw it in, and was back on the road. Too late in the day to get far, I headed west up Cottonwood Pass.

And the misfire returned, worse than before. Might as well camp, figure it out, and hope I could make it to Denver Friday morning.

(I was scheduled to carry some friends up to the Leftover Salmon show for our triumphant return to Red Rocks so I had to get back and get the Syncro figured out.)

Great spot, nobody around, anywhere.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Pulled the hatch, stuck my hand on the distributor cap, and got a familiar shock. ANOTHER BAD WIRE.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


I mixed and matched from my spares until I got it to run right. Crashed for the night, exhausted.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


The next morning I drove from Cottonwood pass straight to Denver, one of those super-serious drives where you don't even turn on the stereo.

I made to about a mile from my house before it started misfiring again. The #1 wire was shot this time.

I found a set of new wires locally and changed them all out. #1 from the bad set actually came apart in my hand. (No, I don't pull on the wires, I use an extraction tool on the boots.)

Fired it up, drove it all over town, and it ran perfectly. Just in time to head west again!

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Had a great show, got everybody home safe, and Pigpen is running like a top.

My constant misfire problems were an issue of pride. I had refused to believe that a brand-new set of Beru wires from ECS could possibly be the culprit, but as it turns out, it was a very bad batch. I mean, they only had about 4000 miles on them.

Live and learn.
_________________
Joe T.

'86 NAHT Vanagon GL Syncro/ supercharged ABA 2.0 "Pigpen"
'19 Golf R
'02 Beetle GLS
'15 Forester

"get metaphysical with it. if it's simply a means to get to and from places, it will let you down. if it becomes your zen, it can't fail you." -dabaron

"Still, it's good to be afield."--VWagabond
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
thatbaldwinlife
Samba Member


Joined: August 01, 2011
Posts: 491
Location: Portland, Or
thatbaldwinlife is offline 

PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 4:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

Looks like great sites you found and glad you got the misfire figured out.
nate
_________________
1987 Westy RJE 2.2L WBX
Westy Adventure YouTube Videos
Read all of our Westy adventures at That Baldwin Life
instagram - nate_baldwin and thatbaldwinlife
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Facebook Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
mikemtnbike
Samba Member


Joined: March 26, 2015
Posts: 2097
Location: North Carolina
mikemtnbike is offline 

PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2021 6:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

Live from the field!

After 6 months of surgery, physical therapy camping at Keowee Toxaway state park simple campground quiet small old tent sites. 3.5 mile hike in beautiful woods wonderful to be outside again.

Sunset short walk from campsite.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Campsite right now.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
1991 Vanagon GL 2.1 AT Westfauxlia. "Frankie"
In an abundance of water, the fool is thirsty.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
mikemtnbike
Samba Member


Joined: March 26, 2015
Posts: 2097
Location: North Carolina
mikemtnbike is offline 

PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:58 am    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

3 nights at Upper Cove Creek group campground near Brevard NC, one of my favorite places on earth. 4 great friends/families, hikes, waterfalls, swimming holes, bike rides I could have stayed forever.

Finally got a 12 volt fridge, game changer!

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
1991 Vanagon GL 2.1 AT Westfauxlia. "Frankie"
In an abundance of water, the fool is thirsty.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
joetiger Premium Member
Samba Member


Joined: January 27, 2005
Posts: 4447
Location: denver
joetiger is offline 

PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:17 am    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

Great to see you out and about, mikemtnbike!
_________________
Joe T.

'86 NAHT Vanagon GL Syncro/ supercharged ABA 2.0 "Pigpen"
'19 Golf R
'02 Beetle GLS
'15 Forester

"get metaphysical with it. if it's simply a means to get to and from places, it will let you down. if it becomes your zen, it can't fail you." -dabaron

"Still, it's good to be afield."--VWagabond
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
dabaron
Samba Member


Joined: June 21, 2018
Posts: 2031
Location: Philly, mang
dabaron is offline 

PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

mikemtnbike wrote:
4 great friends/families, hikes, waterfalls, swimming holes, bike rides I could have stayed forever.


sounds like a fantastic time. i'm having a hard time fitting all the play toys in the Vanagon, time to invest in some external carrying options
_________________
1991 Vanagon GL Camper
1968 Beetle *pending*
i had no idea i wanted to be a mechanic
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
thebigben
Samba Member


Joined: October 22, 2020
Posts: 83
Location: California
thebigben is offline 

PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2021 11:56 am    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

Now that my van is actually not ejecting every type of fluid it holds (well, besides the famous gas-burp problem), I’ve been busy with so many various trips. Most of the trips deserve a more detailed write-up — but I made a fun trip to Big Sur last weekend.

I was intending to camp at Prewitt’s Ridge, but Namiciento Rd is closed due to fire risk, per huge signs in the middle of the road. So, we ended up finding a vista point that was far enough from the road to be comfortable for the night — the views of the milky way were insane! This is only a 30s exposure.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


The vista point had a nice little area to sit down for breakfast. Used a nice french press that I bought recently at descendon.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.



Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


My friend and I did an 8 mile hike at Andrew Molera, and then jumped in the freezing ocean.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.



Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.



Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


I dropped my friend off on the other side of the bridge and he took some awesome pictures. He also split the cost of gas. I need to find more friends to bring.
_________________
Ben

'85 2WD Westy w/ Peloquin TBD + 2.2 Subi (Kurt Vannegut)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
mikemtnbike
Samba Member


Joined: March 26, 2015
Posts: 2097
Location: North Carolina
mikemtnbike is offline 

PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2021 7:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Trip Reports AND Quick Trips! Reply with quote

Happy 4th!

3 night at Bandits Roost campground Wilkesboro NC. Lake, trails, 0% chance of rain all weekend. First time mountain biking trails since major knee reconstruction fan freaking tastic.

Photo is right now, there’s a van in there.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
1991 Vanagon GL 2.1 AT Westfauxlia. "Frankie"
In an abundance of water, the fool is thirsty.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Forum Index -> Vanagon All times are Mountain Standard Time/Pacific Daylight Savings Time
Page: Previous  1, 2, 3  Next
Page 2 of 3

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

About | Help! | Advertise | Donate | Premium Membership | Privacy/Terms of Use | Contact Us | Site Map
Copyright © 1996-2020, Everett Barnes. All Rights Reserved.
Not affiliated with or sponsored by Volkswagen of America | Forum powered by phpBB