Day 2 and the rally hasn’t even started

Challenges for today. Left Baltimore in hard-make that VERY hard rain, fog, and heavy truck traffic-throwing more water on the windshield. The windshield wipers were stiff and only smeared the windshield until they finally soaked up enough rain to become flexible. Guess over this past year I should have run Stewball more often in the rain. Then, the windshield kept fogging over on the inside and Jan’s job was to keep it clear. Fortunately for her, navigating was no problem, just north on I 95. Just added a bit of tension since much of the time I couldn’t even see the lane dividers. Then as the rain began to slow, it was lunch time and the options were various NJ turnpike road-kill. We settled for Burger King. We knew dinner had to be better. It was, but so was the rain again. And guess what we discovered we had not packed. Yup, umbrellas. OK, so we walked 4 blocks in the rain. I’m sure this won’t be the last time. And we will buy umbrellas-not that we don’t have a bunch already at home.

So, we get the rally rules tomorrow and we have no idea what to expect. When we arrived today-after the challenge of driving  and getting lost in the maze of one-way streets in Manhattan, (twice now we have learned the GPS can’t navigate here. Guess too many tall metal buildings,) we discovered our leader, Jerry Price and competitor Jack Crabtree were already here. That was a good thing and the cars are parked in full view of all hotel guests at the Crowne Plaza. OK, now back to the rules. We know every rally has its own set of rules. At one point we were told that there was no penalty for arriving early, which would make this a race, not a rally. Fortunately the antiques (cars that is) are in a different category from the alternative energy cars, like Jerry’s Corvette. Stewball vs. a Corvette? Wow!

Then there is the possibility that the fun really begins at the end of the day at the hotel front desk. Rules sent on March 24, stated that the hotel check-in would be our official arrival time. I need money to bribe the desk clerks, I guess. Polite Southerners like me can just forget crowding ahead of others at check-in, even if it means losing points. I’ll just leave that to Jan. We will see what our meeting tomorrow brings-or doesn’t.

Second day on the road, Thursday we REALLY start.


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 Day 2 and the rally hasn’t even started

  1. TBC says:

    What you need are those fog wipes. Yes, they really work. Wipe the inside of the windshield with them when it’s dry, and presto, next time the humidity is off the charts, you’ll actually be able to see through the windshield. What a concept!

    Hugs to you both,

    TBC and Arnie

  2. Milford Whitaker says:

    I’m already enjoying this and the race hasn’t even begin…have a great departure Thursday.

  3. Laurie Horn says:

    Good Luck. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.

  4. ejhowle23 says:

    I’ll try to find some wipes. Thanks for the idea. Laurie, see you Saturday. Meetings this afternoon to learn about the rally rules and routes, meet the other teams and generally mix. Then tomorrow, 7:00 we hit the road.

  5. Jax says:

    Thanks so much for the informative and entertaining posts! We accompany you vicariously around the world.

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