The final final

Day 13: No rally today, but we still had time pressure to get to San Francisco. Ed had an appointment with an air-cooled VW service place to have the oil changed, greasing and adjusting values. Tassi  uncover a front-wheel bearing that needs to be replaced. We have not heard anything more so we hope that is everything. This will all be done before we go to the loading dock Wednesday. We have learned that Jerry, with his 2004 Corvette has a leaking main seal which must be replaced before he can load. Jack is replacing his engine and Clay is making changes in his rear axle. Bottom line is we are the only car that will be ready to go tomorrow.

We did take the scenic route from Reno to San Francisco that the rally planned but then realized we could not look at the scenery too long. We had to get to Tassi by 5:00 and traffic into San Fran was as you expect on a work day. 

The highlight of the day was the start. The National Auto Museum in Reno where we had our banquet and award ceremony last night, took the 1907 Thomas Flyer out of the museum and it led us on a parade around Reno. Jeff rode as his great-grandfather did in 1908. I don’t think there was a dry eye among the racers when this old engine started up and chugged out of the garage.

We had a big crowd, blue skies and sun for the start of a day, the first time since the race began. We knew that the Flyer would not be out if it was raining. Let me  tell you, following that old car under the old and new arches of Reno was an experience none of us will forget. This is the 1929 Hudson ahead of us. Unfortunately, Chris broke down on the way to San Francisco and didn’t make it in.

We are at the Hilton at Fisherman’s Wharf, a great location in town. The evening dinner was only the racers and family, low-keyed but appropriate. We said  good-by to all who will not continue to Beijing and “See you in China” to those who we will meet again. Many for the US part will be in Paris for our finish. Tomorrow we pick up Stewball, drive to the loading docks and say good-by for four weeks to our reliable ride.

This ends Leg 1. I will continue to post while we prepare for China and the more exciting part of the road to Paris.


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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