Guess why the back seat is back in Stewball? Two weeks ago I took the rear seat out and cut out plywood panels to cover the space making a room to pack tools, spare parts, luggage, spare tires (yes, two) and books. Yesterday WRAL-TV called and they want us to simulate a rally with the camera-man in the back seat filming. Not wanting to miss this chance for some TV coverage, I spent two hours unloading the back and putting the seat back in. Then I checked WorldRace 2011.com and discovered we are the only around-the-world racer with even the potential for a back seat. What if some other photo-journalist wants to ride in a car? So with only minor protesting from Janet, she will reduce our clothing, and I’ll reduce the spare parts. We’ll ship some of our books to a location part way across the US; all so the back seat can stay in. A bigger car is beginning to look really good. Anyone have a 1907 Thomas Flyer we can switch to?
Now that that problem is solved, this morning a new fiasco begins to unfold. Backup. Ealier, we had been told that our tools and spare parts were to be shipped to China in our car. This morning, two weeks before the start, we received an email. The shipper says only minimal tools and NO spare parts in the car. (Someone tell me this is an April Fools Day joke!) It’s not settled yet, but can you imagine all of our tools and spare parts in airline luggage? Or what a suitcase with a carburetor, fuel-pump, generator, distributor, voltage regulator, spark plugs etc., etc., etc. would look like to an airline luggage inspector as this passes through the X-ray machine? If my next blog comes from jail . . .
. . . and we thought we would have an easier time than George Schuster did!
Cross you fingers that we’re still on the road to Paris,