Leg 2 begins

May 28: Arrived Vancouver yesterday, the end of Leg 1.

Entering Vancouver, BC

Tomorrow we start the second leg from here to Anchorage. This is the part we really came to drive. Last evening we had a farewell/ welcome dinner.

Ed and Els dancing after dinner

We will miss friends we made on this first leg. In particular,

Marco and Claudia

Marco and Claudia and their 1969 Camaro and Huibert who was the co-driver for Bert in his 1927  Bentley. Bert will go on with a new navigator but we will miss Huibert’s ready smile and easy friendship. But we welcome Klaus and Maja, friends from Germany that we met on earlier rallies. They have just drove from Nova Scotia in their 1973 NSU RO80. Don’t ask me what it looks like, I’ve never seen one but I know it has a rotary engine but I promise to post a photo later. Right now it is some parking garage somewhere in this city.

Canadian mountains

Leg 2 promises to have spectacular scenery but long distances between stops. Our longest day is still to come-530 miles between Smithers BC to Watson Lake in the Yukon Territory.  I just hope our weather improves so I can get some good pictures. Today we have what I gather is typical Vancouver weather, heavy grey skies and rain.


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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