Every day is different

Flowers from Effingham, Il

Day 6. I think. We’ve actually been gone from home a week now. Weather was a BIG factor again. Drove through a heavy rain, poor visibility, wind. Does this sound the same? Maybe, but much worse today. More rain in the forecast.

A serendipitous meeting with VW enthusiasts from Indiana. We had just pulled off I70 to get gas and there was a bright green 74 VW! Christine and Kimball had taken the chance of catching up with us. Couldn’t have planned the timing if we’d tried. They ran with us to Mid American Motor Works for lunch which was planned for all the racers.

VW enthusiasts, Christine and Kimball

Anxiety increased when we left the lunch stop. The engine seemed a bit sluggish, which at first I thought was headwinds. But when we got up to speed, it was missing at part throttle, but not at full throttle. No time to work on it on the road, the GPS numbers were giving us only 15 minutes to spare. We made our time anyway, but then Stewball was hard to start when Jan attempted to move it to the parking lot. After check in, I leaned the fuel mixture 1/3 turn, replaced the distributor rotor-which has been a chronic problem on this car-and pushed the spark-plug wires in firmly, trying to cover all the bases. We took it out for a test run on the interstate. All OK and back to full power. But it may be temperature related and maybe my test run didn’t get it hot enough. Cross you fingers, we’ll see what today brings.

One more “difference”. A rule change. The Schuster class cars, the antiques, including us now are allowed an additional 10 minutes for every 100 miles since much of the time we run highway speeds. This is a significant change and works a disadvantage for us since we have always met out time but don’t make much effort on the scavenger hunt  that is part of the rally which takes place after the rally day is over

flowers from St. Louis friend, Madeline

. We are ususally too exhausted by the time we get in. Yes, Virginia, there is a scavenger hunt.


P.S. We have learned the shipping value of the cars. Stewball is exactly 1/10 of the average declared value of the others.


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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5 Responses to Every day is different

  1. Anne says:

    Sounds as if you’re weathering the adversities well.

  2. Carla says:

    So now you guys have to start working that scavenger hunt, LOL to get some advantage on the competition. I have no idea what that’s about, but have a wild imagination working for me.
    Good luck, hug, Carla
    ps. Is there a big prize on the end of the rally. Or just eternal fame?

  3. Klaus says:

    Dear Janet and Ed
    we follow you with grate interest and attention.
    would have been nice, if we also had the chance to come.
    so we look forward to meet you, when comming to europe.
    love from maja and klaus

  4. Nancy Deutsch says:

    Maybe engine aberrations stem from that secret alternative energy design?

  5. rdsieber says:

    So cool to make new friends along the way! More to come, I hope… don’t forget The Samba people when you make the Left Coast.

    All the best,

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