Snow and Go…….Slow


Day 10: Scores finally. We are in second place in the Schuster division and 3rd overall. We feel pretty good with this standing considering our underpowered Stewball. Thank you, Gary, our mechanic extraordinaire, Stewball is running better than ever.

We woke up to light snow in Denver.  The challenge was already set by a tight time allowance and mountains roads. We crossed 11,000 feet today as the snow really picked up. The road was snow-covered and slippery, traffic was heavy and slow. The scenery was beautiful, but Ed couldn’t watch anything other than the road and the other cars.  Speeds were down to 30 mph. Finally a dead stop. A multi-car accident and a 25 minute complete stop. Fortunately, none of our rally cars were involved in accidents although, from reports at dinner, there were some close calls.  No one made their time. Johnathan in the big Chrysler probably did the best. Even the modern cars  didn’t get in on time.  It was a relief to finally get into Grand Junction.

One more piece of bad news. The Studebaker is out 😦  A full pressure lubrication system had been added to the Studebaker. It failed, leaving the rod bearings dry. The crankcase was filled with metal pieces when Howard pulled it off. They’re out for the duration. We are really sorry. They are everybody’s hero with the challenges of slogging through all this weather in their open car. They will go with us as far as Reno to see the Thomas Flyer and then trailer back to South Carolina. Dennis and Tom will go with us to Paris riding in the support van. Dennis never had planned to take the Studebaker on that part. We are glad that at least they will be with us.

 We are at the beautiful Gateway Canyon Resort tonight.  The drive from Grand Junction south to the resort through the canyon was awesome. The red-rock, steep canyon walls look very much like the photo on the front of The Long Road to Paris. I did take that photo on a previous rally in Colorado, but it wasn’t this canyon.  That day the sky was bright blue(the publisher changed the sky to reflect the mystery and suspense in the novel). unfortunately our weather was now rainy with fog (we left the snow on the mountain and had rain and “wintery mix” after that). I am hoping for better weather tomorrow morning to get some shots.

Tomorrow Utah,

Jan and Ed (Can you can guess who wrote which part!)

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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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7 Responses to Snow and Go…….Slow

  1. TBC says:

    So glad to hear that everyone avoided accidents. Those high, Continental Divide passes can be hazardous, and alas, not everyone drives appropriately for the conditions.

    Like the flower addition in the vase.

    Stay safe, and have a great time in Utah, one of our favorite places to photograph.

    Hugs, as usual,

    TBC and Arnie

  2. Laurie Horn says:

    Congrats on your standings!!! Sorry to hear about the Studebaker but glad everyone avoided serious incidents.

  3. jackie salitan says:

    Impressive ranking! Glad to hear you are safe and sound.
    Finished the book last night and loved it. Haven’t devoured a book in one day since the Da Vinci Code. Sophie’s address made me smile.
    Onward to more adventure!

  4. Gary Bergman says:

    Glad Stewball made it over the big hill safely,Welcome to Colorado where the weather changes by the hour, the snow was just to make your ride a little more challenging, bet you were glad to have some kind of heat and not an open car for this stage.
    Pleasure to meet you both and honored to be “Stewballs MD”for the day, still think you were brave letting someone you didn’t even know work on “Stewball” now don’t forget to reset the timing back and richen the mixture as you leave Salt Lake City.
    Happy Travels,
    Gary B.
    The other “VW Nut from Colorado”.

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Gary, Stewball is now waiting shipping to China. If you read the blog you know we did find a bad front wheel bearing in San Francisco. Replaced and all is well. The car ran best ever after your tune-up. Again, thanks for your time and expertise.

  5. JP Stonehuerner says:

    Have been following your progress. I hope there is no more snow.

  6. ejhowle23 says:

    Thanks Jackie, Those who know, will recognize some “inspired by actual events”. All is well today. Problems for another car. I’ll put the details on the blog.

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