Next Stop Beijing

“Oh, our bags are packed, we’re ready to go, we’re standing here beside our door”…OK, not quite, but we’re almost ready. We got a phone message today to say that the cars arrived in China on the 29th and will be in Beijing when we get there. Just have to get them through customs and the inspection, get Chinese driver’s licenses (that should be an experience) and Chinese plates for the car. That I will photograph! 

Our house sitting friends are here and have promised to water my plants and keep the bird feeders full. All else is optional.  I’ve charged the battery on the camera, packed all clothes, a few copies of our novel, vitamins, anti-bacterial hand cleaner, umbrellas, kleenex, passports ( and copies), international driver’s licenses, French driver’s licenses, euros, dollars, calculator, reading material, a new notebook-smaller, lighter than my laptop, flip video, GPS with maps of China, Russia and Europe. None available of Kazakhstan, just a paper map. We’ve only forgotten one thing. I don’t yet know what that is, but there will be one thing. But since China is our first stop, I’m sure we can buy it there!

We fly out at 5:50pm tomorrow to Chicago then board for the LONG flight to Beijing, arriving there at 11:30 pm on Saturday night. I don’t know what body time that is. I think we are 12 times zones away and cross the international date line. We will be met at the airport-we have been assured- and taken to our hotel. The good part is, we can go directly to bed and MAYBE be sort of focused the next morning for the tour after breakfast of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Monday is the tour of the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall, surely we’ll be recovered enough by then to take lots of photos. 

We now begin the really exciting part of this road to Paris.


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.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

7 Responses to Next Stop Beijing

  1. joanie Alexander says:

    May the force be with you – and all other good spirits too – plus best wishes from all your many wonderful friends and relatives hanging on your every twist and turn back here in humdum. Wow, what an adventure.

  2. Harris Johnson says:

    You should have a wonderful time. Last September I flew from Dulles to Beijing, did the local tourist stops and then took the Trans Mongolian Siberian Train to Moscow. A grand experience, but nothing like the one you will enjoy. Spent several weeks in Kazakhstan a few years back [mostly AlMaty and Pavoldar] so am sure you will find that phase of your trip particularly exciting. BTW I expect your Chinese drivers license acquisition will be routine although driving in Beijing will be as nerve racking as the most difficult city you have ever visited as a driver. I look forward to your posts with great anticipation. Good health and good luck. Harris

  3. TBC says:

    What a wonderful start to your Long Road to Paris. Just think of all the sights and sites you’ll see.

    Anything yet on the two Chinese teams? We’re waiting for the update.

    Have a fabulous trip!


    TBC and Arnie

  4. rdsieber says:

    Bon voyage, mes amis!

  5. Judy Close says:

    Best of luck to you as you set off on this great adventure. We will also be following your trip very closely. By the way, my husband saw you driving in your other wonderful old car on Friday and wondered what kind of a car and what year it is. Enjoy the adventure!

  6. Milford Whitaker says:

    Good luck to you both as well as Stewball. Enjoy the “Loooooooooooong Drive”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s