Kansas City



Day 7. We may be in an enclosed car with windshield wipers and a marginal heater, but we do have one thing in common with the Thomas Flyer that won the World Race in 1908. Stewball is a stock ’67 Beetle just as the Flyer was. Jack Crabtree and Clay Miller had their cars made especially for this race-from the ground up, just as the German and Italian teams in 1908. Does this make things better or worse? Don’t know. Jack is doing an engine replacement in his Model A Ford in Dodge City. He had planned to have this engine put in before the start of the race but it wasn’t finished. For me, I would be quite insecure about changing out an engine at this point in time but Jack is a real car guy and I’m sure this will work for him.

Stewball is again “dancing and prancing” whatever was the problem yesterday, Ed has it fixed. Power is back up to normal and he ran well all day. We are finding gas now has a lower octane-91 for premium. Higher altitudes? Our glitches were of the “human factor” type. First Ed lost his car key. Not for long, but guess where he found it? On the running board on the passenger side of the car. Did I have something to do with this? I don’t THINK I had his key. Then while lined up for the start, I temporarily lost my glasses. I opened the door to see if they had fallen on the floor, and there they were, on the driveway! Glad we still had 2 minutes to our start time. #3. I fueled while Ed bought engine oil-plan to do an oil change in Dodge City-and I spilled some gas under the hood. Do you have any idea how many miles a car smells of gas after that? At least 39- the miles left to Kansas City. Still made our time yesterday. No scores yet. Perhaps they will be posted by San Francisco!

Oh, the good news. I found the “globe” we search for on our scavenger hunt after the rally day. Twice now. That gives us 10 extra points. Maybe I’m on a roll.

   Jeff, Mary, Roy and Ed at Kansas City Plaza.

Dodge City next.


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 Kansas City

  1. Mac Edwards says:

    Ed: Check Wikipedia>”Octane rating” for info on how to interpret octanes in different countries. It sounds authoritative but who knows? Our U.S. gas is usually labelled at the pump as pump octane = (MON+RON)/2. MON is usually 8 to 10 higher than RON. This was important to me because my Nissan called for xMON so I needed to buy only (x-4) pump octane and saved money without causing knocking.
    Am enjoying your posts. Keep up the good work.


    • ejhowle23 says:

      Thanks Mac. I have been running premium since the beetle calls for 91 octane US style. I’ll check wikipedia. Maybe I need to buy a timing light so I can retard timing if I start getting spark knock in Asia.

  2. TBC says:

    Kansas City is one of those oft-underappreciated cities. It really is marvelous with all its fountains and plazas.

    It is so much fun to live vicariously through your blog. We miss you at Cup-A-Joe … when we’re there ourselves! I’ll be there Saturday morning and share your adventures with those who have not been keeping up with the blog.

    Meanwhile, I must say, I look forward to seeing what the fleur du jour will be!

    Hugs, as always,

    TBC and Himself

  3. rdsieber says:

    I spoke about you guys at the AACA mtg Thurs and gave out your web site/blog contact info. Lots of interest from the group.

    I’m glad Stewy is behaving. It’s Easter weekend, so things may be a bit closed up if you need service on it. Good luck with those increasing altitudes, ADM, and E-85 gas. Yuck!

    • ejhowle23 says:

      A wonderful new friend, Gary Bergman with a full service garage for air cooled VWs is right now outside with Ed adjusting the valves and rotating the tires and anything else he sees. Meeting such good people along the way, making their expertise available 24/7. This is what car guys do! Make that guys and gals.

  4. JP Stonehuerner says:

    Hope there is no more snow.

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