Day 2. I admit, this was very self-centered day. Our fifteen minutes of fame, so to speak. The rally convoyed to Springville, NY. the home of George Schuster, winner of the 1908 race for those who don’t know. So here’s the deal, if you don’t know, The Long Road to Paris has a lot of history from 1908 and one of the characters is the real Jeff Mahl, great-grandson of Schuster. Incidently, he is with us on the race too. Does that confuse fiction with non-fiction? Well, the bottom line is, this town is ga-ga over our novel and the importance we have given their claim to fame through the Schuster family, rightfully so, these are great people. So, here we come with the racers and the guy who is the speaker-tomorrow I will ask Jeff his name again- goes on about the novel and how we are there and will sign copies. Well, that broke the dam, I lost count of how many we signed, but I am sure they sold out. Then, all the racers and the town folks went to a wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Schuster and guess what, this same guy reads the appendix Jeff wrote for our book and once again he says it is from The Long Road to Paris by Ed and Janet Howle! Now were we touched. It was a very moving ceremony by the way with boy scouts playing taps with echoing trumpets. Very moving. This is Jeff and his sister Jenny.
The rest of our day went fine. Great lunch at a Greek restaurant in Gowanda,NY. And dinner in Port Clinton, OH. Those of you who know Ed, know how important that is. The only problem we encountered was very high wind which tossed ole Stewball all around the road. By hey, the day ended when we pulled into the hotel and a young guy who has an auto detailing business was there to wash and polish the car AT NO COST. He wouldn’t even take a tip. So, now all I have to do is the laundry!
Tomorrow Dearborn, MI,