The Inscrutable Chinese

Inscrutable: completely obscure or mysterious, that which cannot be easily understood.

In  Reno, as we reported in our blog on  May 8, we first heard about the two Chinese teams that would be joining us in Beijing. There has been no mention of them since, and now it is rumored that we will not see them. Perhaps “ethereal”, Kyle’s description of Elise in 2008, is a better word that “inscrutable.”

So we ask, were these teams attempting to use the World Race 2011 to sneak highly secret Chinese automotive technology out of their country? Or, are they seeking political asylum? We have no evidence of any of this, but we intend to investigate further.

We do know this, Klaus von Deylen is a close friend of ours and a German industrialist. Klaus and his wife, Maja are meeting the Race at the border between Russia and Latvia and will travel with us the rest of the way to Paris. Why are they reluctant to drive into Russia and meet us in Moscow? Are they part of the Chinese plot? You can follow this exciting story of mystery and espionage as we continue on this 23,000 mile trek that follows the course of the 1908 race (or is it the fictional course of the 2008 race) as closely as possible.

See you on 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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3 Responses to The Inscrutable Chinese

  1. TBC says:

    That’s curious. Why would it be announced that two Chinese teams would be joining you and at this point, none have materialized? Sounds like subterfuge to me. Are you sure that wasn’t part of your novel?

    Take care,


  2. rdsieber says:

    Oh: the plot, how it thickens! What a mahvelous, tasty porridge!

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