Day 2. I admit, this was very self-centered day. Our fifteen minutes of fame, so to speak. The rally convoyed to Springville, NY. the home of George Schuster, winner of the 1908 race for those who don’t know. So here’s the deal, if you don’t know, The Long Road to Paris has a lot of history from 1908 and one of the characters is the real Jeff Mahl, great-grandson of Schuster. Incidently, he is with us on the race too. Does that confuse fiction with non-fiction? Well, the bottom line is, this town is ga-ga over our novel and the importance we have given their claim to fame through the Schuster family, rightfully so, these are great people. So, here we come with the racers and the guy who is the speaker-tomorrow I will ask Jeff his name again- goes on about the novel and how we are there and will sign copies. Well, that broke the dam, I lost count of how many we signed, but I am sure they sold out. Then, all the racers and the town folks went to a wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Schuster and guess what, this same guy reads the appendix Jeff wrote for our book and once again he says it is from The Long Road to Paris by Ed and Janet Howle! Now were we touched. It was a very moving ceremony by the way with boy scouts playing taps with echoing trumpets. Very moving. This is Jeff and his sister Jenny.

The rest of our day went fine. Great lunch at a Greek restaurant  in Gowanda,NY. And dinner in Port Clinton, OH. Those of you who know Ed, know how important that is. The only problem we encountered was very high wind which tossed ole Stewball all around the road. By hey, the day ended when we pulled into the hotel and a young guy who has an auto detailing business was there to wash and polish the car AT NO COST. He wouldn’t even take a tip. So, now all I have to do is the laundry!

Tomorrow Dearborn, MI,


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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2 Responses to OUR Day

  1. TBC says:

    We’re so happy for you that not only is the book being touted, but that Stewball is getting such loving care.

    We are there with you in spirit. In Dearborn, there is the great auto museum. Hope you get to see it.

    Hugs from…

    TBC and Arnie

  2. rdsieber says:

    Awesome news on book sales! Be sure to keep a book count to brag on it.

    All the best,

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