In our dreams

Today’s question: What’s the connection between St. Patrick’s Day, the World Race 2011 and our novel?

Hint: The car is NOT green, and we’re not driving through Ireland. Leave your comments.

More publicity. Wednesday was a busy day for publicity. We were on the Front page again, this time the News of Orange County, our local weekly paper. Not only did we appear on the front page, but the book cover was also shown with a plug for Purple Crow, our local bookstore. Then in the mail, we received a copy of Vintage Voice, the Vintage VW club magazine and the article we had written earlier was published in this issue. Very timely!  Two newspapers and one magazine in one week.  Then Oprah called.

Dream on!

Back to reality. Ed is packing-well, sorting first-all the spare parts and tools that we will be taking on the trip. This is his least favorite job so far. He even offered to vacuum the house to postpone it a bit more. Now that’s procrastination! Me, I have a least favorite job to finish as well. I am editing the bibliography for three chapters I agreed to write for a textbook in pediatric physical therapy. Research and writing is done. But this MUST be done before I leave, but man, it is this time-consuming, tedious and boring. Writing is not boring but this editing is.

Back to work.


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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7 Responses to In our dreams

  1. Irene says:

    You are carry a leprechaun in the car, with a four leaf clover pressed into the novel as you begin the race. Do I win?

  2. Irene says:

    Sorry…make that *carrying.

  3. ejhowle23 says:

    It certainly puts you in the running. Still 14 days left in March.

  4. Bill Whitmore says:

    We’re all “GREEN” with envy of the up-coming adventure

  5. Harris Johnson says:

    At 80 I am envious. You will love it; the scenery will contain enough National Geographic quality visuals that you will forever recall even those views that you did not record. Finally took the Trans Mongolian Siberia train from Beijing to Moscow last September after being foiled by schedules from riding a bit of it from Almaty to Moscow back in 1996 so I have some sense of your excitement. Hence my envy. Have a wonderful trip. Harris

  6. ejhowle23 says:

    John, thanks for writing. We also traveled across Russia by train in September of 09. Research for our novel. We wimped out and took the Golden Eagle train. Nice comfy compartment and our own toilet. Wonderful trip and yes, great scenery. We did Vladivostok to Moscow. I have lots of extra memory chips for my camera and have purchased a Flip video. We’ve rallied across the US three times but never Asia. Our travels in Europe have been by car, but still this will be different. Hope you will stay connected with us.

  7. TBC says:

    China. In the book, in the rally, and according to one of your earlier blogs, the Chinese were threatened by those boisterous Irish. Go figure!

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