A super exciting trip – I feel like we are travelling with Heidi everyday. A great geography and history lesson as well! Safe journey Heidi!
Hi Heidi from your family in Emerson,sorry to hear about your little hiccup.I know your strong and aren’t going to give up that easy.We wish you well and a speedy recovery.Frank,Faye and family.
Heidi this is Bart from wilmington checking on you and the hudson hope things are going well look foward from hearing from you just wanted you to know that I was thinking about you
Looking forward to your 80th birthday party in Berlin
We miss you on the road dear Heidi! We wish you all the best with your medical situation – praying that you will be with Hudo soon and back on the road again!
We read of your travels while on vacation in Morocco a few weeks ago, so we felt like we had a Holiday within a Holiday as we travelled virtually with you 😉
You are an exceptional Woman & a true inspiration to us middle-aged folk!
Will you be travelling to South Africa ?
If yes, do you know if you’ll pass by the seaside town of Hermanus (3 hours drive SE of Cape Town) ?
My father was a Berliner but lived many decades in SA. Since my mom is based in Hermanus, i know she would be thrilled to meet you & invite you to some lekker Deutsche Kaffee & Kuchen if your drive Schedule permits 🙂
Also, once you finally reach European soil & if you find yourself in the French-speaking area of Switzerland (btwn Geneva & Lausanne) as you travel back up to Berlin, pls drop me a line (have plenty of room if you need to spend the night or if Hudo needs to make a ‘Pause’ ;-))
Safe continued travels & Viel spass!!
Wow, thank you for your very kind invitation, Michelle! Heidi’s next destination after S. America is South Africa, so please stay in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
We expect her back in Europe in fall. All the best to you, Marla, Heidi’s daughter in Germany
hallo, frau hetzer , ich finde es geil, das Sie so was unternehmen, Da Sie in den 50ern schon Erfahrung gesammelt hatten, ist das mit Hudo wohl Ihr experience
Marla, you deserve the title : Webmaster of the year,for all the work you are doing to support Heidi on her adventure. Thank you and have a great 2016. ! Kalle
Thank you very much! This blog keeps me at the exact distance I like to be from the adventure – very close but not on board.
Merry Christmas, Heidi! It was great to chat with you on Christmas Eve. I hope you enjoy Lima while you wait for your car.
Hello Heidi Hedley and Pattie from Canada sending you a Very Merry Christmas Wish. We are following your journey and wishing you the best. Be safe and have fun. Much Love Hedley and Pattie Bennett
Super fantastic total respect and wishing you a wonderful Christmas and fresh tracks for the new year. Best wishes and safe travels David and Karma http://www.duksjourney.net
Heidi just read you will be in South Africa, I will be in Johannesburg Jan and Feb. Would love to meet you and buy you that glass of wine you wanted to celebrate Hudos birthday
Heidi wenn du noch in der gegend bist moechte ich dich so gerne zum Essen einladen. Mein Schwieger Sohn hatte am Montag versucht dich zu erreichen. Ich habe nur ein Telefon. Meine number is 1-803-396-xxxx manchmal muss man die 1 weglassen. Aus Liebe Hildegard Mucke. Dieses mal versucht mein Nachbar dich zu erreichen
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Hallo Hildegard Mucke, ich habe jetzt zum 1. X die amerikanische Seite auf meinem blog gesehen, deswegen nun erst eine Antwort. Ich kann Sie nicht anrufen, weil Sie mir nur die halbe Telefon Nr. geschickt haben, da sind 4 xxxx und wo ist Ihre Gegend.? Ich bin jetzt in Daytona Beach und fahre nach Süden. Gruß Heidi Hetzer
As you head further south in the US, you might enjoy a stop in Jekyll Island, GA. It was a winter resort for many of the titans of US industry, including John D. Rockefeller, Henry Hyde, Marshall Field, John Pierpont Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, and William K. Vanderbilt. There are still “cottages” from the golden era on the island. Hudo & Heidi would fit right in. See Wikipedia for Jekyll Island Club.
To bad, I did’t read that before. Now I drove thrue GA and I am in Florida, Daytona Beach. Thank you, Heidi
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Heidi, you simply MUST detour to the Waldhorn in Charlotte NC; you & Hudo would be true stars. Please consider it!
Thank you for writing to me. I had wonderful German food at the Waldhorn. To bad, I can’t come again,because I am already in Daytona Beach, after my Hudo was repaired in Clover, SC.
All the best for you, Heidi Hetzer
Next to Daytona next week on Friday is a Gaslight Parade along Ormond Beach A1A beachfront road and an AACA Car Show at Fortunato Park on Saturday. Too bad you will not still be in Daytona for all the festivities. We plan to come over from Tampa with our 1935 Cadillac.
I was so impressed to hear of your journey! We drove our 1930 Packard 4,000 miles in 23 days from Tampa to Montreal Canada, and loved every minute of it. You have surpassed that by far!
If you are coming near Tampa, Florida, please come by our home for a pit stop as our guest. My husband, Brando Pistorius, restores classic cars full time and we have owned many cars from the 1900-40’s eras. We would be happy to check your car out for a refresher and introduce you to some car folks here in Tampa. I read that you will be heading to South Africa. My husband is also from South Africa and would love to talk about your tour there as well. Please contact me if you need anything. Joanne Pistorius (813) 714-1019 email@example.com
Hallo Joanne & Brando, sorry I did not read the english page before. Now I am in Daytona Beach. I drive
Orlando, Lake Wales and down to Naples, but perhaps I go over Tampa? I call you on Saturday, when I am
sure, that my Hudo likes to drive. Greetings Heidi
If you go through Tampa today (Friday Nov. 20) we will be here but Saturday we are on a car tour around this area with AACA from 10-2 which you are welcome to join us. Call if you can Brando 813-917-9205 or Joanne 813-714-1019. We have a client picking up a 1958 Rolls Royce today that he just bought and driving down to Naples with also!
only recently I foud out about your trip and since then I read your reports with great interest. Especially about how the Hudson is keeping up. Respect! I am a classic car enthousiast myself and have travelled all over Europe in various veteran and vintage cars. I also keep a stock in classic car parts and found out that I have two cylinderhead gaskets for your 1930 Hudson. They are two four cylinder gaskets, as the Hudson has two seperate cylinderheads in line to make the eight-in-line. They are as they call it “new-old-stock”. Are copper/asbestos, the make is Victor (USA) number 802. So if you are in need (again) of a couple of headgaskets I am pleased to send them to whereever you will be when you need them. Free of charge. See it as a donation to support the adventure. I really admire your very brave attempt in travelling around the world. I think you have the same experience that I had on my travels that the old car opens doors everywhere you turn up. People get in touch easily and the thumbs up all of the time.
Keep up the good work and I wish you lots of succes on the remaining leg of the adventurous journey.
Kind regards from Bergen aan Zee in Holland,
Hallo Jan Stroomer, I finally read the english page and I read about the head gaskets. How can we get in contact? I have a set, but they don’t fit. They are from another later model, I have a adress in Ft. Lauderdale, or I can just wait until I need them. But really I hope , that does’t happen again. I am driving very
slowly now. I will ask, my daughter, the webmaster, who I can reach you. Greetings Heidi.
You can have the gasket sent overnight delivery to our place in Odessa (Tampa) if you want to pick up here. Brando Pistorius, 12820 Gibson Lane, Odessa, Florida 33556
It was nice to meet you Saturday on the car show field at Hershey.
I will forward the photo of you and the 1914 Locomobile owned by John Gillette in a few days when I return home from the Hershey Hangover tour in Lancaster Pa.
Hedi. It was wonderful to chat with you at the AACA meet in Hershey PA. Your are an inspiration. Hope you found the tire dealer? Best wishes for the remaining portion of your journey. God Speed!
Yes, I found the tire dealer Crooker. Now I have 6 new tires and almost a new engine in Charlotte, SC. Now I have to break in the new roads and pistons. It was nice meeting you. Greetings Heidi.
If you get near Detroit again you may want to visit Greenfield Village. It was built by Henry Ford. Mr. Ford moved the Wright Brothers home and bicycle shop, Edisons Lab, an 1890 machine shop and much more to this site. Better than Disneyland.
Hallo Nick Olson, what do you think, of course I saw the Henry Ford Museum and the Village. It was so good, that I went there twice on labourday and the next day. Greetings Heidi.
Hudo may not be your best choice for the rest of your journey. A diesel suv or camper or rv would be better for you. No mechanical problems. Easy to drive. Power steering. ac. Why not use the benefits of today? Hudo wants to go home.
Hello Nick, a modern car would get her no attention, noone would stop to talk to her as so many people do along the way, to find out what she’s doing and why. It would be an utterly lonely trip, since she’s travelling alone. No thanks, says Heidi
It was great to have Heidi, Dylan & Hudo visit us for lunch on Thursday near Prescott, ON. What an amazing woman. Regina enjoyed comparing notes on Berlin with her. Unfortunately, the visit was far too short and the trio was soon on their way to cross the Johnstown/Ogdensburg bridge to U,S.A. Alles Gute Heidi. Tchus.
Barry & Regina
Friday morning 9/18 and Glenda and I were able to meet up with Heidi, Dylan and Hudo for breakfast at the Long Lake Diner in Long Lake NY. What great stories from them and a thrill for us especially since it became evident through conversation that delays in their travel plans were cutting into their estimated time/progress allotments. We may have made it as one of the few able to have the experience of meeting them with any amount of time to share stories and make them welcome in our spot in the world. Thank you Heidi and Dylan. Dylan, have a safe travel home and Heidi have a very safe and enjoyable rest of your wonderful extended journey back to Germany. Give Hudo a can of oil from us.
Lots of love, Dave and Glenda
Seeing your current location, I would recommend a visit to the Saratoga Automobile Museum. Well worth a very small detour: http://www.saratogaautomuseum.org/
Greetings from Great Britain!!! Vaughan and Jenn are wishing you a happy journey and best wishes for your recovery from such a scary mishap. You should be more careful!!! We are delighted and relieved to see Dylan in your recent pictures and we know how much fun you will have as you continue your great expedition in Clarinore’s memory. We think about you often and hope your trip is eventful and exciting but no more accidents!!! Best wishes and love from the Windles XXXOOO
I am sorry I missed you when you were at our museum in Ypsilanti. I hope you have a speedy recovery from your illness, it could happen any of us given our love of tinkering.
I did a little research and these people might be able to help you with your Cuba problem. Send them a note if you want. Happy trails and Godspeed! Info@cubaferryinternational.com
With Kind Regards,
John R Tucker,
President, Automobile club of America
Director, Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum
Greetings Heidi fans, technical lingo in English is tough enuff, in German it’s tuffer ! Google translator is not the best. Heidi was investigating an oil leak with the engine running, when oil pressure is naturally higher. Mr. Hudo has an external shaft which from the photos drives the distributor and perhaps oil pump. The rag which she was using to determine the exact source of the leak was drawn on or into the shaft, apparently with great torque, and her fingers were smashed (putting it lightly) in the process. German doesn’t translate literally. Longhairs like me please be careful, because when your hair gets drawn in your head is next ! Wear a cap or tie up your locks ! Heidi is tough, she’ll be back on the road soon. get well Heidi !!
Ein doppel Schultheiss Pils mit Apfelkorn und wieder unterwegs.
HeidiI ts Nadir Again my cell number is (647)299-1203
From a recent article in Hemmings Motor News’ daily email Heidi was projecting to be in Bennington Vermont on or about September 15 to visit their car museum and publishing company. It seems that will be later than the 15 now, since later yesterday, September 13 she and Hudo were still in St Catharines ON Canada. I would love to know if there is a new date planned for her visit to Bennington. My wife and I plan to drive to Bennington from our home in Forestport NY (about 200 miles) to be part of how ever many folks like us that wish see her and Hudo and wish them good luck on their wonderful adventure.
So If anyone knows of a projected date for her visit to Bennington please pass that info on. We are flexible and retired so able to roll with the flow.
Thanks for any information about Heidi’s travel projections.
Dave and Glenda McLane
Good luck today Heidi!
Heidi, Its Nadir call the shop!!! (416)538-1203 If you need any help. We are ready here in Toronto
Dear Miss Heidi,
I am curious as to what part of Florida you be travelling through, and when. My wife and her brother were born and raised in Petoskey, Michigan through which you recently visited. It would be great to meet you here in Florida!! We live on the east coast about 30 minutes south of the Cape in the city of Palm Bay. I’m sure you have a very busy schedule, but if I knew your route through Florida we could travel to where you’re coming through just to witness a piece of history in the making, if nothing else. To hear your story from you would be even better! Good Luck to you in your travels!!
Mike and Marcy Bernyk- Palm Bay, Fl.
If you ever find yourself motoring towards alaska, i have no doubt that the students of Rilke Schule would love to hear your story’s
We are all so sorry to hear of your accident. We all hope you are soon well enough to continue your adventure.
This is a fantastic trip you’re on! It’s such an inspiration to have learned about you, Hudo, and your adventure – I certainly am striving to be like you “when I grow up”! 🙂
Kendra, a new fan in Ottawa, Canada
This sounds like an amazing journey. If you find yourself in upstate New York looking for mechanical assistance I can get you in contact with my father who has worked on early cars for years. He is your age and would love the chance to meet you and talk shop. When you make it to Florida we would love for you to stay with us in America’s Oldest City, St. Augustine. Having our daughters meet such an strong, independent women would be great. And I of course would love to meet Hudo.
Does the name Spitz bring back any memories of your visit to California many years ago? My sister (now in Winnipeg) saw the report of your problems in Canada. Unfortunately this was only after you had left. You also visited our area earlier. I now live in the Portland/Vancouver area of the Northwest. Sorry to have missed you. Travel safe.
According to the GPS Heidi has made it to Detroit (or there abouts) so Happy Homecoming to Hudo! and enjoy some time in Detroit if you can Heidi. Try to see the Henry Ford museum, great place to see industrial progress over the last hundred-fifty years or so.
Wow. What a journey. Only hope I’m that young when I’m that old, and I’m almost there. Congrats my girl. Bravo. Worth a book, I hope.
Hallo Heidi, Grusse aus 33 Grad Jamaica. Ich habe von deiner Rundreise gelesen …TOLL ! Hier in warmen Jamaica haben wir oft Autokuhler Problemen, und deshalb gebrochen Kopfdichtungen. Ein guter Kuhler Werkstatt kann den 2 Kuhler Tanke abschweissen und eine Stahl Stange durch rennen – in Englisch “rod out the radiator”. Die Roehre sind geputst und Hudo rennt kuhler und laenger. Habe ich schon mit Norm’s ’28 Model A gemacht, und hier mit meinem Bus. Nur meine 10 Cents. Viel Spass und viel Gluck interwegs. Deine Neffe Stephen email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Heidi – I saw you on the news and am very impressed with you and your adventure. Hudo is a cool car. I wish you a fun and safe journey. Are you coming to Toronto? Enjoy and good luck!
Yes, Paula, she probably will come through on her way to Ottowa. Watch the GPS locator!
Marla, remember you have a Riviere here in Northern Michigan should find yourself crossing the Mackinac Bridge. Colin and Melissa are here in Petoskey and would love to see Heidi! We will keep checking the blog for updates on her route. Should she need a place to stay, some local press coverage or mechanic expertise; we offer all 3! How exciting!
Heidi I found out that you were in Portland just last week. Dang I would of like to meet you. What an adventure I will be following you on GPS.. Happy Motoring
My family is hoping that you will be travelling through Wawa, Ontario. If you are we would love to put you up for a day or two. Brenda Grundt, Wawa-news.com
Eric here again, Saw the 26, August posting and just had to let you know Heidi is not alone when in the U.S. I was saddened to hear she felt better about the mechanics in Canada than in U.S. but I understand the decision. I don’t know if Heidi has a H.E.T club roster with her. If not, please contact me if she needs anything for Hudo, I will do what I can to contact help in any State she visits. The members are always willing to lend a hand, or a part, and in general are great people. There are persons in the roster who are specially marked as “Tourist Emergency Help Members” that if contacted will assist to the best of their ability (and usually deny compensation).
I’m sure that the H.E.T.er’s wish her all the best, and want Heidi’s adventure to be safe & successful, as do I.
Hudsonly, Eric R. Jacobsen
The Hudson Essex Terraplane Club has been GREAT. Heidi was very upset the Colorado Springs meeting 3 weeks ago just couldn’t be fit into the route. It would have taken giving up on Canada entirely. I must mention Jon Battle, who has answered calls of help, made contacts and has been super helpful throughout the past months Heidi has been in North America.
Heidi does not think Canadian mechanics are superior at all (bad translation job, my fault). Rather, she ran into some problems on the west coast, just bad luck probably, when repair shops declined her business for fear of liability issues if they mess up. Heidi of course finds it utterly ridiculous to think that she would stop her round the world adventure in order to take the time to pursue a law suit because some repair goes wrong!
Thank you so much everyone for your positive feedback! Since the Hemmings online publication a few days ago Heidi has been flooded with invitations from all over, even Peru and Argentina! She will visit with as many people as she can. Meeting people has been the best part of her trip.
Marla, Heidi’s daughter in Germany
Please let Heidi know she has a friend in Minneapolis. I have wrenches and a driveway, as well as a love of old cars, good food and conversation. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Everything in your reply is great to hear. I hope Heidi gets to meet all the beautiful people here and abroad that appreciate this great endeavor.
I am so happy to hear Heidi has a “lifeline” of sorts here, and that her meetings with H.E.T. members has been positive. I can’t recall if I’ve met Jon, the name seems familiar, but he sounds like a great resource.
I understood Heidi’s reason for the Canadian mechanics, not that they’re better, just willing. I find this a sad commentary on our (US) fear of lawsuits, but when every third or so commercial on television is an attorney promising to “make someone pay” it unfortunately brain washes you into thinking any mistake you make can mean trouble.
Though disappointing Heidi had to forgo the Colo. Springs meet, it is completely understandable. After Heidi is home and rested I hope to stay in touch with you and Heidi, I think she would make a great keynote speaker at a future H.E.T. International meet. In any case I look forward to seeing the book/DVD about her adventure. I hope there are plans for a memoir.
Thanks again Marla, Heidi is regularly in my thoughts and prayers for a happy, safe, and successful journey.
Hudsonly, Eric R. Jacobsen
The Canadian Maritimes are beautiful in the Autumn. We leave in Fredericton and would love to be your hosts for a few days. We have friends from Germany who have loved it here.
Sheila McParland and Reg van Drecht
Hello Sheila, what a lovely invitation! Too bad Heidi can’t come that far east. What a shame! she’s two months behind schedule and must head south.
What an inspiration you are. I wish I had known you were here in Australia. You go girl!!!!!!
You are an absolute inspiration. I had mo idea you were here in Australia. There was no media coverage of your trip here. Such a shame, More people should have your sense of adventure. Now that I’ve found your blog I am going to follow you on your travels. You go girl!!!!!!!
Hope you can come and drive the cabot trail in Cape Breton Nova Scotia. Happy Driving
Good luck, Heidi! I’ll be following your adventures. You’re an inspiration!
Well that’s a relief. I could hear your water pump grumbling in Peachland.
Best luck Heidi.
Viel Glueck fuer Heidi und Hudo auf ihrer Weltreise. Falls ihr mal in die Gegend von Nelson kommt seid ihr herzlich willkommen in unserem B&B in Slocan, BC, in der Naehe von Nelson. Fuer den Fall dass Heidi mal ein schoenes Bett moechte. http://www.bluemoonbandb.ca
Saw the car driving into Victoria BC earlier today. What a fantastic journey!!
What a great adventure in a great car! Having been involved with many vintage autos (and newer ones) I would like to warn against adding cold water to a hot engine as it is a sure way to crack the head or even the block! You must allow things to cool off.
Matt in Califronia
I was wondering about Heidis route here in the United States, I would love to have the chance to meet this adventurous soul, if only for lunch.
Your July 14 post says she is heading up to Seattle after seeing Las Vegas. I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the HET club International meet is Aug. 12 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I know the timing is poor, but I’m sure everyone would be excited to see Heidi and Hudo there. There will even be a trip to and up Pikes Peak during the meet, which I hope is on Heidi’s to do list.
I am in Denver Colorado, and if I can help Heidi in any way please let me know.
Hudsonly, Eric R Jacobsen
Hello Eric, Thank you for the reminder. I wrote to Heidi today about the HET Club meet. Turning back south after Vancouver would change the planned route fundamentally. But with Heidi, nothing is ever set in stone. I’m sure she’ll be tempted. Though then it’s a very long, tedious road from Colorado to Chicago….
Marla, Heidi’s daughter in Germany
Well MY fingers are crossed. If she makes it that will be the second time an overseas Hudson came to a Colorado National, back in ’86 we had a Phaeton from Australia. I will continue monitoring her travels, I really hope her route will bring her to Colorado.
If she does make the trek two options for Denver to Chicago that might interest her are the Lincoln Highway (I-80) which practically goes straight to Chicago.The Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental highway for automobiles across the United States of America.
Another, out of the way, route would be up to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore/Crazy Horse monuments, though this would be a long drive.
And I must suggest the Henry Ford Museum if she gets to Detroit, really a must for a car/transportation history enthusiast.
Hudsonly, Eric R. Jacobsen
We met at the Dunhuang Caves in China last Fall. It was nice to hear about your adventures and to see that you have continued around the world.
Are you coming to Seattle? That is where I live.
Let me know.
Yes Heidi will come to Seattle. The question is when exactly… She still doesn’t have her car, though the Container ship from NZ has arrived in LA. Paperwork, customs…
She’s headed to Palm Springs, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas next. Then north. Seattle perhaps at the end of July.
I’ll keep you posted!
Marla, Heidi’s daughter in Germany
Hey Heidi, it was great to meet you yesterday! (July 3rd)
Actors Ensemble’s production of “Falstaff!”
Thanks and Good Luck!
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