Maintain your sense of humor

Guess why the back seat is back in Stewball? Two weeks ago I took the rear seat out and cut out plywood panels to cover the space making a room to pack tools, spare parts, luggage, spare tires (yes, two) and books. Yesterday WRAL-TV called and they want us to simulate a rally with the camera-man in the back seat filming. Not wanting to miss this chance for some TV coverage, I spent two hours unloading the back and putting the seat back in. Then I checked WorldRace and discovered we are the only around-the-world racer with even the potential for a back seat.  What if some other photo-journalist wants to ride in a car? So with only minor protesting from Janet, she will reduce our clothing, and I’ll reduce the spare parts. We’ll ship some of our books to a location part way across the US; all so the back seat can stay in. A bigger car is beginning to look really good. Anyone have a 1907 Thomas Flyer we can switch to?

Now that that problem is solved, this morning a new fiasco begins to unfold. Backup. Ealier, we had been told that our tools and spare parts were to be shipped to China in our car. This morning, two weeks before the start, we received an email. The shipper says only minimal tools and NO spare parts in the car. (Someone tell me this is an April Fools Day joke!) It’s not settled yet, but can you imagine all of our tools and spare parts in  airline luggage? Or what a suitcase with a carburetor, fuel-pump, generator, distributor, voltage regulator, spark plugs etc., etc., etc. would look like to an airline luggage inspector as this passes through the X-ray machine? If my next blog comes from jail . . .

. . . and we thought we would have an easier time than George Schuster did!

Cross you fingers that we’re still on the road to Paris,


About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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