A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To…

… Daytona., but this blog is about trains, boats and books.

4/21/13. We stopped for the night in Savannah at a hotel  next to the Georgia Roundhouse Railroad Museum. 001When we opened the car door, we heard the distinct sound of a steam locomotive. A sound you don’t forget, particularly if you love steam locomotives like Ed does. We’ve visited this museum before when we’ve stayed here. It’s built around one of the few existing roundhouses and contains several old railroad cars and some of the buildings where the cars and locomotives were repaired and are now used for restoration. This was our lucky day.

Trains and Daytona 003This little steam engine pulled one of the cars out and was relocating it to another bay.

Once on the turn table, the table is moved into position. An assistant engineer has to line up the tracks by sighting down them. No high-tech here. Then the engine backs the car into the bay. We watched until the engine itself backed into a bay and shut down. The engineer happily blew the whistle to keep us all smiling.Trains and Daytona 009

Our goal was Daytona. When we finally put Sable to bed a week ago, we (make that Ed) discovered the bilge pump wasn’t working. It was the switch, not the pump. Now for you non-boater types, this means the boat can fill with water and sink. Not a good thing. So once the switch arrived, we headed back for Ed to rewire and install a new switch.

Trains and Daytona 010This is what rain looks like from inside the boat. It’s been raining on and off most of the day, really hard with wind some of the time, but it doesn’t matter since Ed has spent most of the day in the bilge and I’ve been the gofer. Trains and Daytona 012Here is Ed feet in the bilge. Note the blood on this left pant leg. Not from his leg, but from his arm and hand. A bloody, wet job. But doesn’t he look happy? A one day job took two, but end the end success.

I have been doing one other thing. I’ve found George Jung, Carlos Lehder‘s partner in crime. Like Carlos, he’s still in prison, but due to get out in 2014. I have an address. Now the question is, do I contact him and see if he is interested in commenting on those chapters of Night Watch which describe the drug trafficking on Normans Cay? Can’t decide.

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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2 Responses to A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To…

  1. Susan Attermeier says:

    Interviewing that guy is just too good of an idea to pass up! Just make sure it can’t bite you in the butt.

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