On the road-finally!

Day 1. No rallying today, a convoy out of NY City-well, sort of, our leader-and his navigator- “got distracted” and took a wrong turn. Some of us stayed on the route but those who followed the leader had an aborted trip up the NJ side of the Hudson and met us later on the road. Is this sign of things to come? Lost in NY is different from lost in China! Lets hope we get the kinks worked out now.

Lots of good people today. Stopped at the elementary school in Hyde Park to meet and greet the kids. You can see the interest in Stewball, and this is only one picture.

Later along the road we met up with Dan Stevens, his Mom and girlfriend. Dan is president of the Central NY VW club.  They brought snow drops for my bud vase, window cleaner for Ed.  

At the end of the day, a group from the Western NY VW club met us at the Pierce Arrow museum, brought their cars and a rose-NY state flower which I will put in my vase tomorrow.  Sorry I can’t post all the photos. No time right now.

As usual, Ed drove most of the day but near the end I drove. I have already gotten the nickname “Miss pedal-down”. I don’t drive that fast, I just wanted to get into the hotel for before the evening activities. This was definitely too long a day for us. Hence posting on the morning of day 2. We have learned that part of our rally each day will be finding the “solution” to a set of questions. I now am sorry I didn’t up grade to a smart phone but I used our secret source, since we were told we can use any technology available, just like they used “modern technology’ in 1908. So we did get all the answers, but I think everyone else did too. So the only one who didn’t get all the points for the day, was the driver-who shall remain unnamed-who got a ticket for talking on his cell phone. This is a definite no-no in the State of NY!

What will the road bring today?


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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9 Responses to On the road-finally!

  1. Irene says:

    Wish I was riding along with you! Instead, I’ll live vicariously through you.

  2. Joe Murphy says:

    Hi, Nice meeting you guys in Hyde Park yesterday. Is there any way I can post or email some pics?

  3. jackie salitan says:

    …Oh the places you’ll go, the people you’ll see…! I’d love to be there, too. If you drive through Rochester on your way west, call me at 585-264-1827! Be safe, Miss Pedal-Down. I feel that Jan and Ed Howle spirit again! So fitting that you’ll end in Paris, our fave!

    • ejhowle23 says:

      We thought of you as we sped by, but no time to stop or even call. Did spend last night in Buffalo. Tonight we are in Port Clinton, OH. These days do go by. We will think of you again when we celebrate in Paris. Wish you could be there.

  4. Barbara says:

    Thanks for taking me along for the ride. At least my frequent bathroom stops won’t slow you down. Stay Safe!

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Frequent bathroom stops are not a problem, Ed is 76 and… well, need I say more???? We have this worked out. Pee-pots and no privacy. This is an advantage with a husband and wife team! Feel sorry for those guys in cars that don’t know each other. They will by the end of this journey!

  5. ejhowle23 says:

    Well, sometimes its fun, sometimes boring, sometimes exhausting. You can come for the fun part!

  6. Leslie says:

    “Miss Pedal Down” I can see it. It sounds like you are always living in the unexpected life of excitement and adventure. Reading each post leaves me with a smile and looking forward to reading the next.

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