The Long Road to Paris


Our novel, The Long Road to Paris, is finished and will be released in February. Our real road to Paris leaves NY City April 14th, going west across the US, Asia, and Europe, ending at the Eiffel Tower. This rally will certainly not be as exciting as our fictional version-we hope-but if the planners get their way, it will be a travel adventure.

Our novel takes place in 2008, a centennial event celebrating the race of 1908. The diaries of the men who drove this race read like novels, but for the men on that race, it was a reality show unfolding!

So why didn’t we actually rally in 2008? We planned to. A world race was scheduled and we had signed on as competitors. A preliminary banquet was even held on Feb. 12, 2008, 100 years to the day that the 1908 race started. Then it fell apart. At the last minute China withdrew our travel permits. Remember that year the Olympic games took place in China and there were violent protests in the western provinces by the Tibetans there.

It was a disappointment, but the inspiration to fictionalize the story-that-wasn’t.  We added a cast of characters who are much more intriguing than most rallyists we have competed against. Threw in international intrigue,espionage and a dangerous romance between the driver and his beautiful, secretive navigator. Details are on our website http://www.thelongroadtoparis.com

So now the rally has been organized by new management and we are set to go. For anyone interested, you can log on to http://www.worldrace2011.com or you can follow our dual adventures, driving and promoting our book, on this blog. We plan to sell our novel as we cross the US, hopefully get some media attention, reviews and book signings too.

See you on the road to Paris!

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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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