May 26:A day off in Osoyoos, BC. From our Canadian vantage point, we can look across Osoyoos lake and see the U.S.
The good news: We had an email waiting. Our novel, The Long Road to Paris has just received another award. A 4 star rating in the IRDA contest. From the hundreds of books submitted, we made the short list, fifteen books in our catagory. The final winners will be announced on June 3 in NY city at Book Expo America. The chance of being one of the grand winners is slim but we are pleased to have made this cut. They will post their review of our book on their website. You can access that website at: http://www.indiereader.com
The bad news: If you have been reading this blog, you know we were left behind in Kalispell, Montana with an oil leak. The rally left on Thursday with a stop in Cour d’Alene, ID. We left on Friday with the car running fine, but it seems we needed a guide dog to lead us through Canada. We had to take the shortest way in order to cover the distance that the rally did in two days.
We crossed into Canada successfully with just questions about what we were going to do with the books we were carrying and how many cigars Ed had. After three hours or so of driving on Highway 3, following our GPS that we had programed for “shortest way” not fastest way-we came to a border…into the U.S.! We turned around and our panic gradually subsided when we realized we were only about 2 miles off course. Canadian Highway 3 runs right along the U.S. border and our Garmin thought crossing back to the U.S. then back again into Canada was the shortest way. Now just what questions might we have gotten from the Canadian border guards when we tried to explain why we were entering Canada twice in the same afternoon. They’re patient guys, but will they believe: “The Gamin did it.”
We are now back up with the rally and are very pleased to say that Terry and Shelia in their MGB are also back. We were just returning from lunch when they rolled in. We are so glad to see them.
Jan and Ed