Yesterday we had a big surprise. A week ago we were interviewed by Tommy Goldsmith with the Raleigh News and Observer. Yesterday the article was on the FRONT page of the N&O. We certainly didn’t expect that kind of coverage. Still smiling about that.

OK, today. Ed starts his job of making a list of all the spare parts and tools that we pack in Stewball. Before the cars are shipped to China, we have to have a complete list of everything that goes in the car. We are not allowed to ship personal items, so clothing will be packed in the two suitcases we fly with, but parts and tools cross the ocean in the car. Tools are the real challenge, not a mental challenge, just an organizational one. Because this means, not “one set of closed-end wrenches”, it means 1- 5/8″ inch closed-end wrench, 1- 1/2 ” closed-end wrench. You get the picture. Long list, lots of time. Boring and time-consuming job. But it can’t be put off  much longer. Then copy the list for us as well as for the Chinese government. And did I tell you we have to get Chinese driver’s licenses? The test is in Chinese but no one fails! That will be a keepsake.  

And don’t forget our competition. We’ve expanded it to include the most entertaining comment on these blog entries, not just the questions.  Let us hear from you.

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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