Two steps backward-two steps forward

Question for the day: Who is most vulnerable car or driver? I’ll anwer this one. Both! 

In the last 24 hours: Saturday morning we were to take Stewball back to the tattoo doctor to add one more tatoo on his rump. Well, ole reliable Stewball wasn’t having any part of it, (We told him there were just temporary tattoos, not to worry but he’s so sensitive about appearance) his battery was dead. Now the hard part. Our driveway slopes up from the garage. We learned: we can push this lightweight car UP a slope. Fortunately, the road is downhill, once the car was rolling fast, Ed shifted into second gear, popped the clutch and we were off. But our morning didn’t go quite as planned, after the tattoo, a stop to get a new battery. Better here than in Kazakhstan.

Then Saturday afternoon: I’ll spare you the details, but Ed managed a crush injury to his pinky on his left hand. It is now his black and bluey. About the size of this thumb. Nothing broken, just colorful, swollen and conspicuous. Not a finger need for driving, and he looks quite the southern gentleman with it sticking up in the air while sipping his coffee. Or is it just the ladies that do this?

OK, step forward. Today, an article in the Florence Morning News reviewing the novel! And we have also been invited to present an “Meet the Authors” in Sun City/Hilton Head,  South Carolina. That was before the news article. So, this makes  two steps forward. Go South Carolina!

Fortunately, this is after we return. We need to seriously think about a presentation but I know it will be rich with pictures and stories that may rival our novel!

 Getting ready for 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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4 Responses to Two steps backward-two steps forward

  1. TBC says:

    So, is the garage clean yet? That finger looked pretty nasty, but then, it was only the little finger with a lower-case “l”.

  2. TBC says:

    P.S. How do I subscribe to this blog. It’s fun!

    • ejhowle23 says:

      OK, all set. You can now subscribe by entering your email and you will receive notices of when we post a new blog. Look at the top of the right-hand column.
      Thanks for asking.

  3. Michael says:

    It is just too nice of you. we love it so so so so so so so so so much. It rocks.

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