Melt down

Both Jan and I had melt downs at the same time Friday. Not good. We should take turns. While I was counting books, to see if we had enough for the trip, Jan interrupted to tell me about another job that was needed. My 76-year-old brain cannot multi-task. This never was my strong suit, but now???? So this morning we have a new system that is SO obvious-we make lists by priorities.

Stewball came home late that same day from Bob Hick’s antique Beetle repair shop in Durham. Good thing Bob finished with Stewball’s  last going over because  a newspaper reporter will be here on Monday at 9:30 am. to photograph him-and maybe interview us too. 

Saturday Jan was out-of-town to rack up some continuing ed. credits in pediatric PT so Stewball and I took a shake-down drive up to Lynchburg, Virginia, and back. Total road time, 5 hours. It’s important. If you only drive an antique car 10 or 20 miles around town, it’s likely to go into shock if you suddenly ask it to go around the world. From experience, we know these cars do fine if you test them and prepare, but do terribly if you don’t. I hope Stewball is ready now, but there can always be some little flaw lurking somewhere, just waiting to become a big problem, probably on some back road in Asia.

See you on the 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.
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