Whose afraid of the big bad…


People are asking, “So aren’t you afraid of a breakdown in, say, Kazakhstan, and you can’t fix it? What will you do?”

Now that’s where it’s handy to have the cheapest car in the race. What’s the worst that can happen? These are not countries where people are likely to torture or kill us-laugh at us, maybe, make that probably. We push ole Stewball into the nearest ditch, and get a ride, maybe on a hay-wagon, to a train station. We then take the train to Moscow and on to Paris, relax in a comfortable hotel, eat good French food, and greet the other weary racers when they arrive on July 23. There would be no prize for us, but it would  be an interesting adventure and still definitely less than Ed Talbot and Marie-Claire Levieux experienced in their 2008 race. So, there’s no reason to be afraid.

See you on The Road to Paris,

Ed (Howle, that is)

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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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