Friday, June 22, 2012

2012 Type 3 Invasion....Days 1-3

Been meaning to update this each day for the last few days as I am on my bi-annual trip to the Type 3 Invasion.  I left on Tuesday morning in my 1966 Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback (Sophy) for Colorado Springs Colorado, the site for this year's Invasion.  1300 miles plus later we arrived safely and without incident in at the Invasion.

Along the way I met up with good friends, Bib and Sue Heydt and their 64 Type 34 Karmann Ghia, Scott Butler and his 68 Fastback with a 1.9L Turbo Diesel stuffed in the back, Dave Gail Pallo and their 71 Squareback (Elwood), Jim Adney and his 71 Squareback, and Gary and Bev Forsmo and their 69 Squareback (being towed behind their 60 foot motorhome.

Unfortunately, Jill couldn't make the trip this year with her 67 Type 34 Karmann Ghia due to some major surgery she had a couple of weeks ago.  Everything is fine with her surgery, but she misses the trip and I miss having her along.

Day one had us make it to Iowa City to meet up with everyone.  Day two we pushed on to North Platte, NE.  Day Three took us into Colorado Springs.   Traffic wasn't too bad.  Hit some construction along I80 and a few other places.  Little bit of rain on Wednesday, but it was welcome since it came along with a cold front that dropped the temps from the low 90s to the low 70s.  A welcome change when you are driving a 40+ year old car without air-conditioning.  Unfortunately it did nothing for the 15-25mph head/cross winds we fought most of the way.

We are off to make a run up Pike's Peak this morning.  Will post more tonight.  In the meantime, here are some pictures from the trip so far.

Bob and Sue and Wolfie in rolling through western Michigan
Most of the group at the hotel in Iowa City
 Dave and Gail leading us through western Iowa.  Pretty cool to see three Type 3s on the road in front of you.
Most of the group in North Platte after breakfast and getting ready to head out on the last leg
Rest stop just over the border in Colorado...
Here is the whole group waiting for out turn in a construction zone where they had the two-lane down to one...
 Rolling into Colorado Springs with PIke's Peak in the distance.
Chilling at the host hotel.  Getting Type 3 folks together is what these Invasions are all about.  Good times!

1 comment:

  1. Wish I could have been there. A hike from Richmond,VA would have taken a long time and a lot of oil. Awesome time I am sure.