Stewball is Heading South

Jan. 10, 2012:

Stewball on the 2011 World Race, Leg 1-USA

Some nine months ago we agreed to drive Stewball to Bluffton, SC to be part of our presentation at the Performing Arts Center. We had been invited to talk about our novel; how it came to be, what is unique (what’s not!) about the setting, characters and plot. How we write together, you know all that author stuff. We have a powerpoint presentation ready and Stewball will be displayed in front of Magnolia Hall. Following this we will answer questions and sign books-that means selling books too.

Since Bluffton is not so far we knew we would be comfortable and Stewball would think it a piece of cake, having traveled the world. Of course, you realize we had agreed BEFORE we participated in the World Race 2011, and before we added 14,000 miles to the engine.

Then, we were asked to sign books at The Book Loft, and independent book store in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Well, if we were going on down to Florida, it seemed only right to finish the trip to Daytona Beach to check on Silver Girl, our Catalina 310. We haven’t been back since we aborted our trip before Christmas, due to weather.  You can see where this is going; piling up more miles for Stewball.

Then, we were asked to present our World Rally to the Antique Automobile Club in Savannah on the way  back. The timing works out fine, so long as we don’t encounter any problems. I don’t know why we should worry, after all we had none on our drive from NY to Paris. This should be just a warm up for Stewball.

So, who else or where else can we include on this trip?

More from the road to Florida,


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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5 Responses to Stewball is Heading South

  1. TBC says:

    Maybe not a who else, but a what else? Spare belts, oil, steering wheel cover so you don’t get claw hands, etc., etc.

    Great going, but what about Jacksonville, FL? Right on the way!



  2. Russ says:

    Hi y’all… I’ve been following Stewball since I read about his trip in Old Cars weekly last year. When in Austin, Texas come by and visit Stewballs twin (daily driver) and stay awhile to enjoy the music, food and automobile entertainment out here!

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Russ, we’d love to come your way. If you are a member of a car club and they would like a presentation of our World Rally, we’d love to make a road trip with Stewball, meet you, other antique enthusiasts and definitely enjoy the music and food. Stewball’s just aching for a road trip. Let us know if you are willing to arange something. We have presented this info to other car clubs and it is always well received.

  3. …and we’re heading East!
    How great is that: You are on the road again – the same are we!

    Tomorrow, Saturday, we’ll leave Ridgecrest, California, early in the morning heading East through the entire Southwest of the USA and Mexico in order to ship Herbie from Veracruz to Columbia, South America. Down there we want to follow the so-called Pan-American Highway to very bottom of Chile.

    We hope everything goes well and we return to North America safely!

    Domi & Zainab

    • ejhowle23 says:

      We’ll be following you on the blog. Please let us know when you are back in the US and where you will be. We’d love to meet up with you somewhere on the road. Swap stories, lie a little and enjoy meeting fellow adventurers.

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