A day of fiends and family

Day 3. Seems I am too tired at night to write these, so here we are the morning of day 4. Up early. Yesterday we rallied with assigned time and speed for the first time. Not a long day, just from Port Clinton, OH to Dearborn, MI. Traffic in Dearborn cooperated. It helped that it was Saturday. Only problem on the road was high wind again. Made our time in with 45 minutes to spare. There is no penalty for early. Here is Ed waiting to check in at the exact minute. Atomic clock in hand.  Our secret souce for the questions worked again but the “committe” has been so busy that we  haven’t seen any scores yet.

Lots of friends and family today. Lunch with the VW club of Michigan at a German restaurant. Lots of laughter and new friends.  Three beautifully restored VWs. Ole Stewball looked a bit worse for road-wear by comparison.

Cousin Laurie and friend Denise took their time and made the dirve to meet us at the Henry. It helps to have friendly faces along the way. More friends meeting us in Indy on day 5.  

A quick change of clothes and dinner with the rally group. Each team said a few (or more) words but it was great to learn more about each team. We really haven’t had much time for this. Quite a varied group. We had a surprise visitor, the CEO of Ford Motors showed up (he was at a function down the hall and someone told him about our race.) He told us that the next time he wanted to offer a Ford product to drive! Ed proposed a hybrid and he said, “Anything you want!” Now how’s that for support.

We have a better than 60 mph average for today and with all our socializing we neglected to fuel yesterday. Ed will have to find it this morning on his own since I have other early morning duties. He can’t do worse than I did yesterday when I put us on a one-way street going the wrong way! Thank you Detroit drivers for being courteous and thank you Ed for not saying out loud what I am sure you were thinking.

Today to Warsaw, Indiana.


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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7 Responses to A day of fiends and family

  1. TBC says:

    It sounds like a fun day, and exciting with that one-way street. At least your graphics made you show up more than the normal car!

    Great surprise with the CEO of Ford. And good for you, Ed, for not making disparaging comments!

    Hugs to you both,

    TBC and Arnie

  2. Anne Zartman says:

    Curious about the “quiz”; what kinds of questions–re: the 1908 race? Perhaps, if time allows, provide a few on your blog? Otherwise, I’ll catch up at Cuppa’s.

    Take care and drive safely,

    • ejhowle23 says:

      I’ll do this Anne. I wish there were more from 1908, I’d be better prepared. But they range anywhere from facts about the state we’re in. Today, how many lighthouses does Michigan have? In what year did the Packard motor company manufacture the first ac car? This would all be easy if you have a smart phone or the equilivant, we don’t and most of the time these have to be done before there is any time for internet research. Wish we had more than a flip phone! But we do have our secret source availbable by phone.
      I will post more.

  3. Laurie Horn says:

    It was great to see you both. I loved hearing about all your adventures. Our family is diverse, to say the least. Be safe and keep the blogs coming– love ’em! You’re bound to find warmer weather and less wind eventually… One can only hope.

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Thank you for taking your time and driving all this way-wait-what do I mean “all this way?” :)) Let me know when your next CD is released.
      LOVE, Janet

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