Wanna buy a dirty book?


In 1908, as George Schuster in the Thomas Flyer reached San Francisco,a pretty young mother stepped forward and gave him a tiny baby slipper wrapped in a small silk American flag, telling him to carry it for good luck. He stuck it in his coat’s breast pocket and kept it there the remainder of the race. Just in case something did happen to him, anyone who found his body would know he was part of the American team. This photo is the Flyer today, restored to the end of the 1908 race condition as displayed in the National Auto Museum, Reno, NV.   

So what does this have to do with dirty books? Well, nothing really. But we also carried something precious across the first leg of this rally. Our novel. Not so noble as George, but important to us, none-the-less. Now here’s the dirty book part. To lighten the load for Stewball, we off-loaded two boxes of books into Dennis’s car trailer, which, for those who have been following the blog, know finally carried the Studebaker from Denver to San Francisco and then back to Goose Creek, S.C.  On the way back, they blew out 6 tires and ran off the road into the median when a semi cause the heavy-ended trailer to fish-tail out of control. The worse damage was to 9 books that spilled out across the trailer when this happened. Good for Dennis, crew and the Studebaker.

Now, the books themselves are in good shape,just a little dusty on the inside but the covers are shop-worn. They’re really not dirty. So here’s the deal. We are offering these books as remembrances of the difficulties of this modern-day race and particularly those that the Studebaker team encountered. So if you want a real memento, we are offering these books at a discount AND will include the actual photo that became the cover and the photo from the first leg of the REAL 2008 event across the US that we took that followed all of the waypoints Schuster recorded in his personal diary (thanks to Jeff Mahl). This route included what are now ghost towns along the Atlantic/Pacific railroad and railroad tunnels as you will see.  We will autograph these books as special keepsakes. We have 7 hardbacks and 2 paperback. You must place your order so we can ship before we leave for China June 3. The hardbacks are $22.00 and the paperbacks are $14.50, these prices include shipping.

We know these books won’t mean much to anyone who has not followed the blog but if you are interested you can contact us by email at: authorscontact@aol.com . Give us your shipping address and we will give you our address to send your check.

A real reminder of the trials and tribulations encountered even today on an adventure of this kind.

Back in Charleston, picking up dirty books

Jan and Ed

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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. Next month we will travel 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies. Australia is over. Now on to S. America for the Rally of the Incas.
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5 Responses to Wanna buy a dirty book?

  1. joanie Alexander says:

    Darn – i just bought your book yesterday – yesterday! I would have loved a dirty book, truly from the road.

  2. Bob Congdon says:

    Where do I send my check for one signed hardcover @ $22? We drive in convoy this year to Maine (at least to western MA) Marcy and her 2 Norwich Terriers – Devon & Lizzie and I pilot the Mazda MPV stopping in CT and MA to see friends and my “kids”
    The book is to go to PO Box, Islesboro, ME 04848-0148 or for UPS etc – 273 Pendleton Point Rd.

    EUREKA! ON THE ISLAND WE HAVE AN EXCEPTIONAL NEW AND USED BOOKSTORE AND BINDERY OWNED AND OPERATED BY CRAIG OLSON AT 509 PENDLETON POINT ROAD, ISLESBORO, ME O4848. HIS SHORT EMAIL ADDRESS IS “artisan@midcoast.com”. I talked to him today and he is interested in stocking some of your “dirty books”. Our Islesboro friends Ed & Alice Girvin already have our gift of one from that great party of yours – they “Bugged” in Europe while serving in Germany. Suggest you stress your superb site as the store is the center at the southern end of the island in the village of Dark Harbor developed in the 1870’s as a rival to Bar Harbor and a Harbor of Readers! Your writings are SUPERB! BOB Congdon

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Bob, thank you for all of this. You can send your check to either Ed or Janet Howle, P.O. Box 1328, Hillsborough, NC 27278. I will get in touch with Craig Olson but actually he can get a better price if he orders from whatever wholesale source he uses. I will get in touch with him. When do you leave? Can we send your book out now? Enjoy your summer and think of us in China and beyond! See you in the fall. J and E

  3. TBC says:

    Nice photo of you two. Good luck in selling your adventuresome books!

    Take care,

    TBC and Arnie

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