Busy Busy

Feb. 25: We thought we had Stewball ready for rallying. But no, every rally has it own regulations and we are now making sure Stewball meets those of the Endurorally association. So far, Ed has installed the Terratrip rally thingy, sort of a computer, I guess. All we needed previously was an extremely accurate rally speedometer. This new gadget will  make life easier, if we ever figure it out! Tomorrow morning, Sunday, when few are on the highway, we will take the car our to calibrate this thing. We need mile markers to do that. Hope the ones on the Interstate are fairly accurate. Then we just need to  figure out how to make it display the information we need so that we don’t have to constantly refer to the book as we rally. Not a good thing for keeping on course or speed.  

Next were mud flaps on all four wheels. Sounds easy, but Ed felt he was back designing products again. Front is different from the rear, but now we have all four and their kind of cute! Wish we could have gotten some that had VW on them, but apparently that’s not available anymore.

Now, Ed is installing the Rally plates-again both front and back. The front is quite easy but the puzzle for our little car, was how to fit them on the back and not interfere with the latch for the engine or cover the tale pipes. Small cars do have unique problems. Ed now has that worked out and will have it done today.

Then there is still the 5 point harnesses we must have. Every other rally only required  seat belts which Ed had replaced earlier when the origional ones broke. And now that we ran over one on the World Race, we can use the seat belts that are part of these beautiful red harness! Photos later when that gets done.

What was I doing while Ed was working so hard? I was in Minnesota walking on White Bear Lake. Sometimes it’s best to just stay out of the way! 

See you on the road to Alaska!


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 Busy Busy

  1. TBC says:

    Glad to hear Stewball is getting properly prepped. We want him to be perfectly attired for the Long Road to Alaska! It is a great drive, and the scenery is spectacular along much of the way. We are so excited for you!


    TBC and Arnie

  2. Stewball is heading North and Herbie’s heading South – both have their missions!
    A Trans-Am for the one, the Pan-Am for the other one…
    Air-cooled regards from Colombia,
    Herbie, Domi & Zainab

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