The Road Warrior is Home

Ed backs out, NY City here we come. April 12, 2011

Aug. 26: Got the call yesterday. Stewball was ready for a pick up in Garden City, GA just outside of Savannah. We had pushed for this, since we had gone to Daytona Beach to check our sailboat. For you not-East coasters, Hurricane Irene was on the way but finally made land-fall in N.Carolina not Florida. But this was before she made up her mind and turned her attention to NC. We hadn’t been down to see Silver Girl, our sailboat, since the World Rally. Turns out this was a good thing. One of the batteries had gone dry, something called Thermal Runaway. Great name, even though I haven’t a clue what it is. Ed ended up replacing both batteries. Not cheap. Hard to say what could have happened if we hadn’t gone down, but certainly it would have drained the second one and probably ruined our battery charger as well. The battery was so hot that I had to ask: “Could it have caught the boat on fire?” Answer: Hum, maybe.” OK, enough boat stories, but it could become part of Night Watch our sailing novel. Guess Irene did us a favor.

Coastal Logistics

So, since we were in Florida, it made sense to be able to stop in Savannah to get Stewball on our way home, so a couple of calls to Raymond at Martin Button/Cosdel put us on the fast track. We had already received an email saying the car was back and we sent a wire transfer to pay the shipping. Now here’s the thing, it costs nearly twice as much to ship into the US as it does to ship out. What does this say about balance of trade? Obviously no one wants empty containers going out.

Happy sight, Stewball comes home.

felt really good to see Stewball coming out of warehouse #40. Now Stewball knows four warehouses, Oakland, CA, Tianjin, China,  Niew Vennep, Netherlands and Garden City, GA. We don’t plan any more trips that require shipping but we look forward to taking him on more events.

Now the drive home was eventful. We were outrunning “feeder bands”, (another new term for me)the effects of Irene, it was hot, VERY windy with occasional heavy downpours of rain. Ed and I took turns driving. One of us had to drive the Yukon, the other Stewball. Just holding the Beetle on the road was an effort. Shades of the U.S. portion of our world rally. Guess ole Stewball felt right at home.


It was a relief to finally get home and we were both a bit choked up when Ed finally drove him into the garage. He’s a bit battled scared, complete with dirt, dead bugs and mud from the last of his world trip but a thorough washing, polishing and internal clean up will get him ready for our presentation at the Jefferson theater in Charlottesville in September. We will be presenting our travel adventure to the 190SL Mercedes club and Stewball will be center of attention among all the antique Mercedes on the pedestrian mall in Charlottesville! We still are figuring out how to get our 190 and Stewball to Charlottesville and back but we will work this out. I can’t imagine presenting all our trials and travels without our trusty Stewball!

Ed drives in, after 14,000 + miles, Aug. 26, 2011

Thanks Stewball, for the long road to Paris and the adventures along the way,

Jan 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 The Road Warrior is Home

  1. joanie Alexander says:

    Thanks Jan Ed and Stewball for “The long Road to Paris”, and for bringing us around the world with you with your daily blog and fun presentation and responses at the Depot. Looking forward to an adventure at sea.

  2. TBC says:

    Hip, hip, hooray for Stewball, and for you two and your wonderful adventure. What stories you have to tell over and above what you put on the blog.

    Take! care, and we miss you,

    TBC and Arnie, from cooler Boise

  3. rdsieber says:

    Great job! Well done and all that, with an entertaining blog that brought me to places I have not yet been. Thanks a bunch!

    Good luck on the next novel. Maybe you can pick up some of the unresolved strands from the first one and incorporate it into a sexy novel with an abduction by pirates during a Bahamian boat race, and maybe a hurricane mixed in?

    All the best,
    Ronn & Irene

  4. Catherine says:

    Thanks, Jan and Ed, for keeping us informed on what’s been happening. It was a great read! Hope you are well and settled in (?) at home now. Love from all of us.

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