Wednesday afternoon, we left San Francisco and then drove to the loading dock in Oakland. Stewball was the only race car to make it to the dock on schedule. We did have to have a wheel-bearing replaced but all was ready by 1:30 to drive to the loading dock on time. Jerry thinks it will be Friday before the parts are in for his 2004 Corvette. Strange that the VW garage had parts in stock for our car and Jerry, with a new car, had to have them shipped in. All of us are glad to have repairs done in the US. Lets hope things go well in Asia.
The process once we arrived at Bobac at the port was straight-forward. They had all our paper-work and were expecting the car. Stewball was inspected, photographed and every chip, dent and scratch recorded. Then I drove Stewball into this huge warehouse and parked him beside other cars ready to be shipped-to somewhere. These are not cars from our race. He looked awfully small sitting in that big, nearly empty warehouse. Eventually he will be wrapped in some kind of shrink-wrap, just like the other cars you see here. I don’t quite get how they drive them into the container. The wheels aren’t wrapped but the windshield is. Maybe I don’t want to know.
We stayed a Hilton at the airport so we would not have a long trip at 5:00 am to catch our flight. Surprise, our flight was delayed almost two hours making our connection in Salt Lake City tight as was our connection in Detroit. Harder getting home by plane than driving all the way to San Francisco. Well, maybe not.
Home now, sorting mail, banking, mowing the yard, unpacking, laundry,grocery shopping and making new lists. All the “normal” things in daily life. We know we have to get started on the China preparations, but that can wait a day or two. We need to order GPS maps for China, Kazakhstan and Russia as well as Europe. I need a new “smart” phone and of course we need different season clothing. I’ve also heard about something called magic jack for the computer that allows you to access the internet wherever there is one. I hate learning all this techy stuff, but it’s necessary. Anyone have “favorite stuff” I need to know about?
Need to find clothes that can be washed in a sink and doesn’t wrinkle. I’ll try LL Bean and others. I learned a lot from this first leg. Too many clothes along! There is no time to change for dinners, people will just have to accept us as we are.
Fortunately for the next two long legs of Asia and Europe we have friends house-sitting who will keep it safe and tidy, I’m sure.
We will keep posting about our preparation, the time will go by quickly I know. We will make a short trip to Daytona to check on our sailboat and stop in Charleston to pick up the stuff we sent back with Dennis in his trailer that had his Studebaker. He has the books we didn’t sell and odds and ends from this trip. Lucky for us he was willing to do this, it sure saved us a bundle.
We start to China on June 3. I have just printed out our daily itinerary and I feel excited and a little anxious already. Daily blogs from there too-hopefully, because that’s when the new experiences begins.
Janet and Ed