An important day

As they crossed the start line, someone yelled, “Beetles rock. Paris or bust!” Ed rolled down his window and flashed the peace sign. He noticed that Marie-Claire did the same; already they were a team. And so they were moving, soon to turn west- a man and a woman strangers still, driving down the road that would end in Paris.”

                                                                                                   The Long Road to Paris, page 55

Exactly two months from today WE will cross the start line for our world rally, following much the same route described in The Long Road to Paris. The only difference is Ed and I are certainly not strangers. Not to each other and not to antique car rallying.  However, if our rally is anything like the one in the book, we will be strangers to those events.

Also today is the first day the website is public. It looks good and is user friendly other than finding the link to this blog. (It is at the bottom of the author’s page.) Kate Parker, a friend from Paris days, was the first one to contact us through the website at

See you  on the road to Paris,

E and J


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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