Home again, home again,jiggity jig

Petunias in the hanging basket on our porch

Wednesday afternoon, we left San Francisco and then drove to the loading dock in Oakland. Stewball was the only race car to make it to the dock on schedule. We did have to have a wheel-bearing replaced but all was ready by 1:30 to drive to the loading dock on time.  Jerry thinks it will be Friday before the parts are in for his 2004 Corvette. Strange that the VW garage had parts in stock for our car and Jerry, with a new car, had to have them shipped in. All of us are glad to have repairs done in the US. Lets hope things go well in Asia.

The process once we arrived at Bobac at the port was straight-forward. They had all our paper-work and were expecting the car. Stewball was inspected, photographed and every chip, dent and scratch recorded. Then I drove Stewball into this huge warehouse and parked him beside other cars ready to be shipped-to somewhere. These are not cars from our race. He looked awfully small sitting in that big, nearly empty warehouse. Eventually he will be wrapped in some kind of shrink-wrap, just like the other cars you see here. I don’t quite get how they drive them into the container. The wheels aren’t wrapped but the windshield is. Maybe I don’t want to know.

We stayed  a Hilton at the airport so we would not have a long trip at 5:00 am to catch our flight. Surprise, our flight was delayed almost two hours making our connection in Salt Lake City tight as was our connection in Detroit. Harder getting home by plane than driving all the way to San Francisco. Well, maybe not.

Home now, sorting mail, banking, mowing the yard, unpacking, laundry,grocery shopping and making new lists. All the “normal” things in daily life. We know we have to get started on the China preparations, but that can wait a day or two. We need to order GPS maps for China, Kazakhstan and Russia as well as Europe. I need a new “smart” phone and of course we need different season clothing. I’ve also heard about something called magic jack for the computer that allows you to access the internet wherever there is one. I hate learning all this techy stuff, but it’s necessary. Anyone have “favorite stuff” I need to know about?

Need to find clothes that can be washed in a sink and doesn’t wrinkle. I’ll try LL Bean and others. I learned a lot from this first leg. Too many clothes along! There is no time to change for dinners, people will just have to accept us as we are.

Fortunately for the next two long legs of Asia and Europe we have friends house-sitting who will keep it safe and tidy, I’m sure.

We will keep posting about our preparation, the time will go by quickly I know. We will make a short trip to Daytona to check on our sailboat and stop in Charleston to pick up the stuff we sent back with Dennis in his trailer that had his Studebaker. He has the books we didn’t sell and odds and ends from this trip. Lucky for us he was willing to do this, it sure saved us a bundle.

We start to China on June 3. I have just printed out our daily itinerary and I feel  excited and a little anxious already. Daily blogs from there too-hopefully, because that’s when the new experiences begins.

Janet and Ed

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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4 Responses to Home again, home again,jiggity jig

  1. Harris Johnson says:

    Welcome home. Following your daily posts with great interest.

    Is there a published/public route from your entry into China to Moscow?

    I have spent a little time in China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Siberia as well as Russia and would love to be able to take a look at where you will be traveling the next day[s] as the trip progresses and your daily post is devoured.

    If you stay a few days in Moscow try the very economical and rapid metro for rapid transit around the city. My long time secret to successfully doing so, as in any foreign city, is to have the hotel business office or the desk simply write my destination and changes on the way on cards in Russian. Often my source of the moment would speak English, a bonus, or would actually walk me to the next platform.


    • ejhowle23 says:

      thank for the helpful hints. Yes, you can look at the itinerary on the WorldRace2011 website. Click on route and then the International route. Mir Corporation does a great job of travel through Asia. We are looking forward to it.

  2. Welcome home! Glad everything went well. Meanwhile, they probably pick the car up with some sort of cherry picker!

    Hope to see you at Cup-A-Joe tomorrow morning.


    TBC and Arnie

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