Finally on the long road to Paris

You might guess we’re up early. There really is no need to start early today. We are taking two days to drive to NY City, but excitement and a bit of anxiety have overcome sleep. So, we were both up shortly after 5:00 am.

We drove Stewball to dinner last night. Eating out kept me from cooking and leaving leftovers. (actually Ed will use any excuse to eat out.) Stewball was fully loaded and our test drive proved nothing will slide forward and hit us in the back of the head if we stop quickly.

We have heard from vintage VW enthusiasts and clubs in NY, MI, IN, CO, UT and CA. and have additional family and friends meeting us in NY City, Dearborn, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, then there are all the special events and media that Jerry Price has planned and all of this must fit around promoting our novel as we go. Whenever will we have time to rally? We won’t get the details on that until we all meet in NY city on Wednesday.

Just  those last-minute odds and ends left that can’t be done until this last morning. I am crossing them off our list. Not a long one now. Pull the blinds on the windows, shut off the coffee maker, pack up computer and cell phone chargers- anything else? Oh, take out the garbage and lock all the doors.  What have we forgotten? We’ll just have to go without or buy along the way. Nothing more will fit in Stewball until we sell our first box of books anyway.

Hope you follow along. the route details are  on the World Race 2011 website.

Starting on the long road to Paris: 9:15 am.


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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5 Responses to Finally on the long road to Paris

  1. Milford Whitaker says:

    Hope to ride along with you from my easy chair at home. Have a great adventure and enjoy the trip. Looking forward to all the updates along the way.

  2. David Weinhold says:

    Good luck on your journey. It is a grand adventure.
    As President of the VW Club of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, I wish you Godspeed on your travel. I will be keeping the club up to date on the trip. I know Stewball will serve you well.

    • Janet Howle says:

      Thanks David. We are meeting up with several VW clubs along the way. The first will be at the end of our first day- in Buffalo. Nice to have heard from so many VW enthusiasts.

  3. Kevin Moreson says:

    Well you certainly picked the best VW sedan ever produced. As a retired 30 year VW mechanic I can attest to the durability of this particular year. I look forward to your future posts.

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Thanks. So far so good. We drove this car in two previous cross US rallies and all of us did fine. The engine is a 2005 South American engine. Not the original.

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