A book award and a blind Garmin

May 26:A day off in Osoyoos, BC. From our Canadian vantage point, we can look across Osoyoos lake and see the U.S.

Osoyoos Lake from the Canadian side

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.

Border into Canada

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.”

Canada at last

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

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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