Stewball Takes a Hit

May 6, 2014: 003We have driven Stewball around the world, then from NY to Alaska and the only damage we have taken was from the road; a broken headlight, broken windshield and lots of paint dings from gravel but never from another car. That is until yesterday. One of the competitors, who shall remain nameless since he was highly embarrassed, but who drives a 1950 burgundy Jeepster ran into us while backing  his car into the slot beside us. Damage was slight, paint mostly and a little bend in the fender. Nothing that will slow us down. 046

Then this morning, we discovered a flat tire. Actually at dinner last night one of the racers said it looked a little low. We checked this morning and it was totally flat. So before breakfast, Ed-with my help of course changed it. We carry two tires mounted on rims so we are good to go.

So much I haven’t told you. Yesterday, day 4 more cars had trouble. The Dodge lost his clutch, The Jeep had a flat tire and damaged rim, The second Jeep had a broken tail pipe and the Holden had major engine trouble-sorry I don’t know the details. All this makes the group more solid. Everyone helps everyone and that’s what makes it interesting.

006Our scenery has changed dramatically making the day-while a long one-385 miles- most interesting. We are seeing more of Africa now. Women walking along the road with children strapped to their back in colorful scarfs, small towns and varying road conditions. When the signs say “Potholes” you need to believe it. Our gravel roads are often rugged with ruts, potholes and lots of loose gravel. 018

We have a short run today to Cathedral Peak. We are told it will be spectacular and I’m sure it will be. I will close with the photo of a Baboon who sat just outside our hotel. 052

From the road,

Janet, Ed and Stewball



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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4 Responses to Stewball Takes a Hit

  1. Lindile at Cape Grace hotel says:

    God is with you keep it strong than ever

  2. Oh no, poor Stewball! But then again, these things happen. You guys seem very capable of dealing with unexpected setbacks. We truly enjoy the stories, especially since we are planning a trip to South-Africa and maybe Namibia in the fall (well, spring for the southern hemisphere). And watch out for those baboons, if you ever encounter them indoors roaming the place for food, make sure their exit way is not blocked by you, that makes them feel trapped and turns them aggressive. I’ve been in Zimbabwe, where they would go into your bungalow stealing from the kitchen, that’s where I learned: never be in the way of a baboon 🙂
    Have fun, be careful and carpe diem! Greetings from Bill and me.

  3. ejhowle23 says:

    We want to talk to you about our trip. We are currently in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve and the photo opts don’t get better than this. You would both love it. We are bring back info for you.

  4. TBC says:

    At least Stewball, while suffering a boo-boo, is fine. I trust that tire will get proper attention so that you once again have two spares.

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