Stewball’s In Paris!

July 21: We all made it! All four cars are in Paris.

We left Troyes,, a very old city on the Seine about 90 miles SW of  Paris. It was not damaged during the two world wars and has a very picturesque city center with many 17th century houses and buildings.

Troyes' Rainbow Row

We only had a short run into Paris so once again, we took secondary roads before finally hitting the auto route. The only problem today was rain. Clay left the group and ran ahead meeting us in Paris. He had lots of family waiting for him, including his wife and apparently prefered their company to one more day of racers!

Alice greets Clay

The group was a solemn when we started out, even Jeff admitted to feeling a bit empty. I think we all knew what Scarfoglio described when he said; “It is the same and we are the same as then… we have traversed the world…to come here to gather happiness. But it is the destiny of man that all beautiful things wither in his grasp.”  (pg. 313, The Long Road to Paris) I don’t think anyone knew exactly what they would feel when we finally reached Paris. Our adventure was over and I think there was a sense of loss and maybe a little disappointment. We had traveled so far and now it was done. But as we approached the city, I called Jeff on the walkie-talkie and asked how he was feeling. He had never been in Paris. He said, “I couldn’t be happier and I am so glad you are all with me at this time. We have been through so much together.

Jeff and Jerry, happily in Paris

We had consulted with our guides and drivers who had not been to Paris and finally as we approached the city they asked us to lead in. I was driving while Ed gave directions for turns on the walkie-talkie. It was a bit unnerving as driving in Paris always is, and I didn’t want to get anyone lost. But NO WRONG TURNS! Ed said, my driving and directions were flawless. We arrived at the Eiffel Tower as planned with a break in the rain combined with a lifting of our mood.

Roy greets DarleneJack gets his champagne

Lots of picture taking and champagne before we went to the hotel and had more champagne and rich chocolate cake.

A kiss for dependable Stewball


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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10 Responses to Stewball’s In Paris!

  1. Bev says:

    what a fabulous trip…thanks for taking me “along”.
    Bev Grossklaus Tippett

  2. Tom Miller says:

    You all deserve of champagne and rich chocolate cake. What a Ride Congratulations to all

  3. Carla says:

    Woooohooooo – ici Paris!!
    Must be a trip to memory lane as well. Enjoy la cité you know so well 🙂

  4. Laurie Horn says:

    So when do you start the long road home or did you decide not to head east? Love the “kiss for Stewball” photo. I can’t imagine how you must be feeling. What are you doing to stave off the “letdown”? So glad you made it safely. I, too, will miss your adventures. What a ride, indeed!!

  5. Valérie says:

    A thousand BRAVOS to the 3 of you (Ed, Janet and Stewball) for this fantastic adventure !!
    Lots of XOXOXO from Valérie, Stéphane and Julian
    PS: See you very soon I hope !

  6. rdsieber says:

    What a journey, eh? And, was Stewball the Reliability finalist?

    Thanks for bringing us all along!

    Ronald Sieber

  7. Lynnea says:

    What an adventure for you and for those of us who were not there. Thanks for the blog!

    Glad you’re back on familiar ground. Sigh of relief…

  8. joanie Alexander says:

    I loved the kisses. Yea rah rah for Stewball.I feel let down too. Will you still blog? I have loved your journey. Thanks for sharing it.

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Yes, Joanie, we will keep blogging. the next adventure will be driving the car to Amsterdam to ship back to the US. We are planning our next adventure but I can’t update that until later today.

  9. TBC says:

    Our Internet was out all over the state when I saw this post, so I didn’t get a chance to respond. Now, I can, and congratulations to you all. What a fabulous adventure, and as you say, you all have been through so much together, you will be missing them when you are sitting quietly at your favorite café in the 10th sipping coffee. Can’t wait to see all the pictures.


    TBC and Arnie

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