Lessons Learned

Who would guess that GPS couldn’t find the way out of Warsaw, IN? Did she think we were already in Warsaw, Poland? Anyway, I drew position 1. I’m always a bit insecure about that. Even though we start 1 minute apart, and everyone is to find their own way, using whatever technology they have available, IF you miss the first turn, everyone knows it. OK, that said, seems none of the GPSs could decide how to leave Warsaw. It wasn’t just us. Fortunately, we had time to spare and Connie-our GPS- finally got it sorted out. From now on, however, I will pull up map quest as a backup. I do have a road atlas as well.

So, next lesson. Even when we know we have some spare time, we hustle along at the beginning. You never know when road construction or blocked exits will play with your time. Yup, the exit for the Indy Speedway-which was our end point for the day-was closed! I learned our new Connie has a detour feature. I hadn’t used it and after her navigational problem at the start of the day, my stomach reflected my anxiety. This time she was right and we didn’t run into the kind of trouble that Ed Talbot and Marie-Claire did in Russia. If we had, I know I wouldn’t have had Marie-Claire’s composure. Ah, fiction. 

We learned about the release of the 2012 Beetle yesterday. Looks good. Standard 2.5 liter engine with-get this 200 horsepower. We have 53. It is sleeker, sportier, lower, and wider, (translation: more space for tools, spare parts and luggage) but will not be released until next Oct. So, Ed decided we needed a different car to finish this race.

Our new Beetle

The evening was grand, in spite of the waitress dumping shrimp cocktail down my back. One outfit gone. Laundry will come up sooner than planned.  Good dinner, good friends. Rally buddies Gary and Jeanann Martin from Kentucky drove up. They know several other of the race teams as well.  Best part was they brought Dennis the starter for his 1916 Studebaker. Howard installed it and they will run today. Points for helping fellow racers goes to Gary and Jeanann.

Gary, me, Ed and Jeanann

Big day for book sales.

See you in St. Louis tonight,


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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6 Responses to Lessons Learned

  1. Barbara says:

    Ed sure does look good in that race car, but Jan where are you going to sit? Glad things are moving right along.

  2. Laurie Horn says:

    Hey, Ed! That new beetle looks good on you.

  3. Thank heavens Connie is intelligent. Gertrude is also pretty good at detours. So glad you’re having fun, book sales are going well, and you’re meeting both old and new friends along the way.


    TBC and Arnie

  4. Madeleine Ortman says:

    Hi Jan and Ed
    Following your Blog with much delight…and a little envy!!!
    Looking forward to dinner tonight!
    Hope the weather cooperates….St Louis!!!
    P.S. Save some of those books I need to get several!!! 😎

  5. rdsieber says:

    Great news on the book sales! Remember that every copy you sell is another half-tank of gas in Stewball.

    Hah! Keep having fun…

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