Roadside Assistance

Do you have a suggestion for the driving tour – a landmark (the stranger the better!) I might visit, a mission I should complete, an event I should catch or a particularly great venue for a reading? Or, do you have advice about driving cross-country or keeping the Volkswagen alive?  If so, please leave a comment below or shoot me an email at Thanks!


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  1. Captain_Amazing says:

    You should check out “Speed Week” at the Bonneville Salt Flats. See how fast your VW can go!

    “Speed Week consists of seven days of racing in August and World Final is four days of racing in October.

    ALL vehicles are allowed to run every day, weather and conditions permitting.”

    Good luck!

  2. vwalive says:

    Thanks for the suggestion! We’ll be driving through Utah, so we’ll absolutely check out “Speed Week.” Is there a prize for last place?

  3. Jean says:

    I see you will be in Philadelphia. Make sure you sample some cheese from diBruno Brothers (go to the original in the Italian Market — the grubby streets Rocky ran through to train in the original Rocky and they still look the same). Eat at Standard Tap (gastropub/Northern Liberties) or El Vez (stylish Mexican in mid-city) or Osteria (expensive and delicious, but casual Italian on Broad Street). For great inexpensive suburban Chinese food, go to Chun Hing near City Line Ave. For challenging hills for that Beetle of yours, check out Manayunk/Roxborough — if your VW can live through that, it can live through anything!

  4. vwalive says:

    Wow -– thanks for the great advice! Can I drive the Bug down the streets where Rocky ran? If not, I’ll have to play the Rocky theme music while driving up those treacherous hills.

    I’m hoping to know more about my event in Philadelphia soon, incidentally. We haven’t yet finalized a venue, but we’re aiming to schedule a reading for Monday, August 29.

    Thanks again!

  5. jen hicks says:

    If your route takes you through the upper midwest, Micawber’s in St. Paul MN is a great indie bookstore–warm and welcoming. You and your wife are welcome to bunk w/ my family.

  6. vwalive says:

    Hi Jen,
    Thanks so much for this kind offer! It doesn’t appear that we’ll be traveling as far north as St. Paul on the roadtrip, but I have spoken with some friends in Minneapolis about the possibility of visiting Minnesota and Wisconsin sometime in the near future. If I do, I’ll certainly keep Micawber’s in mind!

  7. Richard says:

    Too bad you couldn’t start in Portland and participate in the VW Highway 1 Treffen 2011 Cruise. Portland to LA with lots of company. So what another 100o miles. Good luck!