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route 67 volkswagen letter fromNot an hour outside of Texarkana, Jerry starts to sputter. The 1965 Volkswagen Type 2, colloquially known as a microbus, has long been the workhorse among Gary Alexander’s Volkswagens, which currently number 21. Jerry is the vehicle Alexander chooses for annual camping excursions to Big Bend National Park and for road trips from Arkansas to New Mexico. But Jerry, at 59 years old, is also something of a Frankenstein’s monster, patinaed sage and patched together from whatever parts Alexander can source. And today, at the start of a group trek that will extend hundreds of miles across Texas, one of those parts is going haywire. “We’ve got a generator light on up here. Smelling rubber,” Alexander crackles over his CB radio to the caravan of roughly twenty…

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