Our little VW Caravan: Lake Havasu, AZ, to Mentone, CA

As I drove my 1971 VW bus ‘The YesWeCan CamperVan’ (aka Dexter) with the VTO club in a small caravan of VW buses, I filmed us as we went across the desert of western Arizona into eastern California.

We had left ‘Buses by the Bridge XVI’ in Lake Havasu City, Arizona mid afternoon and the setting sun made the desert glow as we followed a smaller road into California before getting onto the I-10 freeway.


If you like our little movies, please make a comment below, or on our YesWeCan CamperVan channel and let us know what you like and what you would improve.

That way we can post more of what you like here on this blog.


YesWeCanJourney Blog Visitors

The chart below shows the number of views per month since I started this blog, from the time I first collected my wonderful 1971 VW Westfalia from Oregon in December 2009. Little did I know then that The YesWeCan CamperVan would carry me through so many miles in such a short space of time. 14,000 miles over two years, including only nine months on the road, is pretty awesome, isn’t it?

Yet the performance of this blog, in terms of numbers of visitors, by no means matches my VW.

Statistics for YesWeCanJourney.Wordpress.com - monthly number of views

So I am asking you to please share your opinions via the comment box below … or on our Facebook page in the Note on Blog performance about what you’d like to see more of on these pages and the topics that interest you most. Or maybe it’s not so much the content as the medium that you prefer e.g. less words, more photos, or more videos?

Would sure appreciate your input.

Thank you.


Over 5,000 miles for MG Awareness!

We arrived in Mentone, California, east of Los Angeles earlier this week. See http://vw4causes.org/mga-route/ for the route we followed from our starting point in Provincetown, Cape Cod, on the east coast, that’s 5,109 miles so far!

Arrival mileage Sunday 15 January 2012 in Mentone, CA

Keep following us!!!!

And please bookmark the vw4causes website if you’d like to support our route back to the east coast, as we continue to drive to draw attention to little known auto-immune disease MG (Myasthenia Gravis). Updates can also be seen on our Facebook page, so join us there too, if you have not before.
See you there 🙂

A glimpse of Buses by the Bridge 2012

For our VW Friends and enthusiasts: a short slide show of Buses by the Bridge XVI, 12-15 January, 2012 and a little glimpse of our view of the weekend.

Please click like below if you like this little slide show. Thanks!

Also please take a look at other videos on our VW4CAUSES youtube channel for more news of our drive for MG Awareness and insights into what the patients say.

Cheers 🙂


TODAY’S NEWS-HERALD video broadcast on havasunews.com

Our ‘MG Awareness Drive’ is one of the VW stories featured…

… in this video by Ben Pierson, filmed on location at the VW event “Buses By The Bridge XVI” at Lake Havasu City, Arizona, last Saturday, 14 January, 2012.

In this 5 minute video, Carole starts talking about vw4causes and MG at 3 minutes, 35 seconds! Yet it’s worth watching every minute! You’ll also get a first look at our new T shirt for Vehicles Working for Causes (vw4causes).

If you’d like to support our drive for MG and vw4causes through another 5,000 miles up to Oregon and then back to the east coast later this Spring, to continue our campaigning for MG Awareness, you can buy a T shirt.

Look out tomorrow for an announcement on pricing and a link to purchase on the web. Thank you and happy viewing 🙂



Ben Pierson of  can be contacted at http://www.ideafilmfactory.com

Buses by the Bridge XVI

Hi guys, anyone reading this who is going to Buses by the Bridge (XVI) in Lake Havasu, Arizona over the next few days? If yes, please come and find me and my VW ‘The YesWeCan CamperVan’. We’ll be at the meeting later today.

The fascinating VW world

Yesterday on my Facebook wall, a conversation started between my VW help guy, Kenneth Mitchell (he’s our back up guy for our current coast to coast drive for MG awareness) and a new VW friend, Amanda. It started from me asking Amanda if her Westy was born the same year as The YesWeCan CamperVan, in 1971. She was not sure if it was a 70 or a 71, so a very interesting conversation then ensued between her and Ken. I have copied and posted this into the Notes section on The YesWeCan CamperVan’s Facebook page. To view it you can click here.

By the way, it was only yesterday that I discovered that Amanda happens to live in the very town in which I’d arrived the day before – Lake Havasu City, Arizona. So we’ll be meeting today and so will our VW Westfalias. Look out for photos of the duo and pics of M plates here soon.

In the meantime, to find out more about your Type 2 Volkswagen, go to this wonderful website for the Type 2 M-Plate decoder 


I just decoded the M Plate for The YesWeCan CamperVan and it says ….

See for yourself here