Tag: westy

Volkswagen Maintenance, or A List of Breakdowns

We’ve been in the road for fourteen months. It’s a lot of miles for a 24-year-old vehicle. Still, the Westy has behaved very well. I thought I would make a photo-list here of all the mechanical issues we had in…

Arriving in style in Quito

Catholicism has lots of stories that go like this: Some figure of the Virgin Mary, some saint, or even Jesus is being transported between towns. At some point, the horses, oxen or whatever animal that were pulling the cart carrying…

Bug Camp

The great thing about traveling the way we are doing it is that we are always open to change plans. Last Thursday, we were on our second day in Quetzaltenango. We loved that city, so we were thinking about staying…

Storage space

While Stephanie enjoyed her new office by the beach, I set off to make some extra storage for the Pony. It seems like I always need to have a project, something to fix or something to build. I found Angel,…

La Paz to Mazatlán

We are finally in Mazatlán, where the adventure really begins. We both love Baja, but in some ways it feels like one is too protected there, like in an extension of the US. I think we were both looking forward…

Geraldo VWs

We had heard about this shop for a while, and my plan was to drop by anyway for a general checkup. It turns out we ended up having to come, to replace a couple of CV joints. The place is…

New transmission

The auto transmission in the Pony had been hesitating when going from 2nd to 3rd when hot. For the last year or so. The Pony’s main mechanic, Art in Richmond, said “don’t worry about it!”. On the way to Chicago…

Data collection

I’ve been using RoadTrip, an iphone app to keep track of the gas mileage of the Westy. One nice thing it does every time you fill up is record the place. So now I have a nice map of all…

House Improvements

We spent July in the north suburbs of Chicago, at Steph’s parents’ house, among other things, working on the Westy. Here are some of the improvements we made: – Took out the fridge. This might not seem like an improvement,…