Cowboys and Autos

Day 8. To Dodge City, KS. No need to hunt new flowers. My carnations still are beautiful. No time today either. Long day of driving. This will be the norm now. Lots of ground to cover in the western states. Today start at 8:00, same for tomorrow. Then we even have a 6:00 am start. Started with an easy margin, not enough for a sit-down lunch but close. We have learned not to dawdle even when it seems appealing. You never know. Well, it was a “you never know kind of day”.

Head winds and fast trucks were kicking Stewball around, but we were still making good time until ROAD WORK AHEAD. PREPARE TO STOP. Well, we stopped for 20 minutes! I timed it. Now this was feeling like a race. We did have to scoot (fast) to get in on time which we did. ūüôā I think Ed’s hands may be stiff in the morning from holding the wheel. I think a wheel cover to increase the diameter is needed before China. This old steering wheel is has a small¬†diameter and means really clenching your hands.¬†

OK, now the good part. Lexie, you would have loved this. We were met in Dodge City by horses and riders. The youngest rider was 3 years old. See him in the black shirt and hat? They escorted us through town. Down Wyatt Earp Blvd,

the main drag. Met us at the East end of town and our hotel was on the West end. Really colorful and fun, but a long slow parade at 3 mph and Ed’s (yes, he was still driving) foot on the clutch. Hope¬†it (this foot or the clutch) isn’t worn out. The only¬†down side of this¬†wonderful reception was Ed¬†planned to have the oil changed by some local guys and it was after 5:00 before he could leave the parade and get there. This family was great, they¬†worked on three cars.¬†In addition to changing Stewball’s oil, they replaced Jack Crabtree’s engine, checked for oil leaks in Clay’s Ford and¬†said they¬†would be available anytime!¬†¬†Great people.

Tomorrow Denver, higher altitudes. Hope Stewball likes this run.


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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12 Responses to Cowboys and Autos

  1. TBC says:

    Jan and Ed,

    Instead of getting a new steering wheel, you could just get one of those leather covers for it that you lace on. Leather is nice to hold while driving those long stints, and it’s easy to grip.

    What a fun time you had with the horse. Horse power either way, although one eats hay and one petrol!

    Have you seen all those miles of wind farms yet? They are amazing and use less than 2% of the farmland on which they’re placed.

    Stewball should be fine in Denver. After all, it’s only a mile high. And if my old diesels could chug over the Continental Divide all those times, I’m sure Stewball will be fine, too. If Arnie has any suggestions, I’ll pass them along.

    Meanwhile, enjoy the countryside. It’s amazing all along the way and all for different reasons.


    TBC and Arnie

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Am looking for those leather covers. May have to wait until we are back, but a MUST before Asia and Europe. My thumbs kill me after my shift with all this wind. Have seen some of the wind farms. Look a bit out of some si-fi movie.

  2. TBC says:

    Arnie suggests feeding Stewball a higher test grade for the higher altitudes. We sometimes even do it in our car.

    Take care,

    TBC and Arnie

    • ejhowle23 says:

      We do when we can find it. Out here premium is ususally 91. Thanks for staying in touch. In Denver tonight. A VW guy is out with Ed right now adjusting the valves.

  3. Laurie Horn says:

    I am loving your book!!! Wish I had more time to read, it is really hard to put down. I am not just saying this because you’re my cousin, I read a lot and if I don’t like a book- I’ll put it down and not finish it. Great job!!

  4. jackie salitan says:

    I am so enamoured of your adventure — every day a new surprise! The time frame seems a little grueling, but you are spirited on to the next experience even faster! Be safe and have fun. I am so vicariously in your back seat!
    Big hugs,

  5. david weinhold says:

    I am reading your book and really enjoy it.
    As for the steering wheel, I have a 57 beetle and have the same problem.
    I took the foam tubes insulation that you put on water pipes (3/4 in diameter) round the steering wheel and them wrapped it with electrical tape. Feels real comfortable. I may try the leather lacing when I have a bit more time.

    Good luck.

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Thanks for the suggestion for the steering wheel. This is a must change before the Asia and Europe legs. Too many miles for this discomfort. Glad you like the book.

  6. Robert Deutsch says:

    Nancy and I check your blog first thing each day. Great and exiting to follow you. Found a new restaurant for when you return.

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Thanks guys. All is well. We have made our time each day. Only three cars made it today and we were the only antique to make it. High winds, and road construction caused delays. Looking forward to having dinner with you when we return. You’ll get the unedited story then!

  7. Peter says:

    It was such a pleasure meeting you both today (I came with Gary) I am envious of your sense of adventure and living life to its fullest. It is so refreshing these days. My sincere congratulations and best of luck to both of you.
    Peter Coulter

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