My Birthday Wish 31 January 2011

Thank you for so many happy birthday wishes. I’m having  a lovely day here in sunny California.

I’ve been writing this blog for over a year and sharing my travels with you, and I would so love it if you to write back to me today.

Saturday’s post was an especially important one as it’s about the year ahead, so it would be great if you could read that and add a comment at the end. If not, maybe you can add something at the end of this short birthday wish, in the comment box below.

I also posted a birthday wish on Wishes for Causes Click on the name if you’ve not been there yet. Thanks again for all your nice wishes today.


A special Cause for our New Year

In mid January Carole attended ‘Buses by the Bridge XV’, in Lake Havasu, Arizona. She went all the way there from Massachusetts with a specific purpose in mind: to meet a large number of vintage VWs and their drivers to make her first public announcement about the cross country roadtrip she is planning for later this year ‘Driving to put MG on the map’.

For this 2011 drive from Massachusetts to California, she’ll be on the road, with me ‘The YesWeCan CamperVan’ for a couple of months, covering at least 6,000 miles, to raise awareness for a cause she believes in. The route is not yet planned because she would like to meet as many VW owners and VW clubs across America as possible, so that others can drive with her for a few miles to show support for MG patients and create a bigger ‘buzz’ in local media to promote awareness of this important Cause.

This cause ‘to put MG on the map’ is to raise awareness for a little known autoimmune disease called MG or Myasthenia Gravis. You can find out more about this muscle weakening disease at and see what patients are saying at

Some have asked …. Why is Carole so keen on supporting this cause?

Because Carole’s mother, Gladys, got this muscle disease when she was only 20 years of age, in 1944, and almost died before she was diagnosed.  And because even today countless others are taking years to get diagnosed and suffering needlessly. So that’s why, with your help, we are working to raise awareness about MG.

The more the public know about it, the more they can ask their doctors about it, the quicker people will get diagnosed and helped.

If Carole’s Mum had not been saved by her diagnosis, Carole would not have been born and be here to celebrate her birthday on Monday 31st. So in celebration of that, Carole’s also made a Birthday Wish on Wishes for Causes.

Maybe that’s also why Carole first announced our big road trip for 2011 at Buses by the Bridge (see our previous post for photos of the Bridge). The bridge, the old London Bridge, has a special meaning for Carole, for she was born at Guy’s Hospital, very close to that bridge when it was still in London, and she took the bus over it many times when visiting the hospital to see her Mum.

Here are ways you can show your support and help our quest ‘to put MG on the map’

  • Subscribe to this website: by adding your email in the top right corner, you’ll get updates on the road trip and with more subscribers we hope to get more sponsors
  • Like the YesWeCan CamperVan‘s page on Facebook

AND add a comment below, if you’d like to:

1.  invite us to stop in and visit with you or your VW club, so you can drive a few miles with us or maybe arrange an event locally

2. spread the word by telling your local radio, TV network or newspaper about us

3. increase our presence on the internet by adding us to your website, or mentioning us on your Facebook and Twitter accounts before we start our drive and/or as we are coming into your area

4. become a business sponsor, so any funds that we raise can go 100% to the Charity for MG, and at the same time publicize your business, on our VW with a sticker, and on our publicity materials

5. send us other ideas to raise awareness

6. show us and the people with MG that you care by commenting below!


P.S. You can also read more at the sources mentioned below; if you do, please come back here and make a comment below or post one at our Facebook page:

–  Carole Brown’s Birthday wish for 31st January

–  Lake Havasu newspaper, the AZ Independent, January 21st issue : full page article about BBB XV on page 21.

‘Buses by the Bridge XV’

It says number 14 (XIV) on the welcome entrance sign, but it definitely was the 15th (XV) time that Buses by the Bridge has been held in Lake Havasu, Arizona, by the London Bridge Bullis to raise money for local children.

BBB ... a vintage VW campout like no other

BBB ... a place for children and the child in all of us

BBB ... a place to meet friends


VW a distinctive badge of honor

Endurance test to get to VW meetup

I knew I should never have left California last year!

Look at these photos to see why countless flights were cancelled in the north east of USA today and why I’ll miss meeting Eric in Vegas tonight and riding in his gorgeous green VW camper tomorrow to ‘Buses by the Bridge XV‘.

My Volvo at 09:00 and hours more snow to come

The size and severity of this storm also explains why I’ll be one whole day late arriving.

Today after digging out the car to get to the airport, Southwest Airlines called to cancel my fourth flight booking in a row (book/cancel/ book/cancel ….) all for the same flight from Providence, Rhode Island, to Las Vegas. Finally I found the last seat on a flight arriving in Vegas at 6.30pm FRIDAY.

Is there a special award for endurance or determination to get to BBB, I’m now wondering?
I can’t win an award by entering the slow drag race because my VW “The YesWeCan CamperVan” is home in the garage, but you can watch our race last Spring at the OEBC drag race over in the column to the right under YouTube videos.

Though I’ll miss the Thursday night party and Friday all day, I do have all day Saturday and Sunday morning to enjoy my first BBB VW meeting, one of the largest in America, with over 300 VWs and around 1000 owners and their families. That’s a big VW family!

As for the Bridge of Buses by Bridge, it is the actual LONDON Bridge from my home city in England. I did pass by it last summer on my way to Massachusetts and I was actually impressed. When I was a child it had seemed a rather comical idea for us to sell a bridge that was falling down to a businessman in America for him to then put it in the middle of the desert in Arizona, but somehow it works!  Maybe the old bridge deserves an award for endurance …. “survived the Brits, now standing proud in America, overlooking not the muddy Thames, but enjoying overseeing beautiful Lake Havasu”.

The London Bridge I remembered as a kid

Lake Havasu and the Colorado River

N.B. these two images of London Bridge and Lake Havasu are taken from, under the Creative Commons License.

The VW community …

is a wonderful example of the goodness in people, as this story tells.

Also a fabulous piece of film-making, isn’t it?

Comments, please …