Adventure isn’t paved

Aug. 19: Many of you have followed the adventures of Stewball but I just downloaded a couple of pictures that were taken on our rally to Alaska that I wanted to share. It’s not often you get photos of your car in motion.

On the road to Alaska, somewhere in Utah

Now I have even less information where this next one was taken, but it was in the western part of the lower 48. I’m guessing Colorado,Utah or maybe Wyoming. Lots of unpaved roads along this part of the route. Of course there was the Top of the World Highway from Dawson to Chicken Alaska, but I know that was not taken there but  the photo in the header was; snow higher than the car in June!

Somewhere in the West

Now, Stewball will get a rest while we go sailing this winter. Research for our second novel, Night Watch. That adventure will also be unpaved but not quite in the same way. So, where will Stewball go next? Hard to say, but we did just get the brochure from Endurorally outlining the 2014 Safari rally through South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola and Namibia. Never been to any of these places. Just let me say, we didn’t throw it away.


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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3 Responses to Adventure isn’t paved

  1. TBC says:

    Ahhh, Stewball strikes again. I remember back in the 60s that people intimated that VWs could float, at least for a short time they were so airtight.

    Now, southern Africa … friends of ours rave about South Africa. Definitely should go on your to-do list!

    Take care,

    TBC and Arnie

  2. How fun! I would love to have felt the fear and excitement while taking the car through this water. What a trusted car you must drive. 🙂

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Actually this was not the worse road we have travelled. If you are interested, read our trip around the world in this car last year. The posts in China describe some read driving adventures. Photos there too. Much of our novel came from those experiences. Yes, this car, named Stewball after the Peter, Paul and Mary song of the same name is very reliable.

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