North to Alaska, north the rush is on!

Jan. 30: Stewball has made a decision. The next driving adventure will be the 2012 Trans-Am, New York to Alaska Challenge beginning May 7 and ending in Anchorage June 8. (Don’t worry Leslie, we will drop down from the stop at the VIR in Virgina for your graduation. The timing works our just fine.) This rally is sponsored by Peking to Paris Rally Association in Oxon, England.

So far we have learned there are 50 cars from a 1916 Lancia Theta to several as late as 1974. The cut-off is pre-1975. Our esteemed group includes Bentleys, Mercedes, Jaguar and even a 1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud! Can you imagine! And Stewball feels he fits in just fine.

As always, Stewball will have the least powerful engine at 53 horsepower but he’s convinced he’s up to the challenge and ready to take on these big guns. I just hope we are too. Our goal is not to embarrass ourselves or Stewball.  The one advantage we have is daily driving  on the right side of the road. (That’s right versus left, not right versus wrong!)

The participants come from all over the globe, England, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Denmark, Luxemburg, Germany and Ireland just to name a few. There are only 3 American teams besides us and only one that we know. It should be an interesting group to say the least.

While we have traveled the US several times, this itinerary looks most interesting-including a trip to the top of Pike’s Peak. All on back roads with lots of gravel and dirt ones thrown in for an extra challenge. I will not have Stewball repainted before we go. I think the speeds assigned to these roads will be up to the challenge of China!

If you want to know more  before we post again, you can go to their website:

See you on the road to Alaska!

Jan and Ed

Hum, I wonder how many of these car rally enthusiasts will want to buy The Long Road to Paris. Better save space in the car for a box of books!

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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2 Responses to North to Alaska, north the rush is on!

  1. TBC says:

    We were so excited for you when you first told us, and that excitement has not abated one little iota. What a grand adventure it will be, and you already know about head winds, Continental Divides, etc.

    I do so hope you will be heading up the Cassiar Highway, through Kluane National Park, through Whitehorse and the beginnings of the Yukon River, and we must not forget the triple-decker outhouse!


    And Hugs,


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