May 6, 2014: We have driven Stewball around the world, then from NY to Alaska and the only damage we have taken was from the road; a broken headlight, broken windshield and lots of paint dings from gravel but never from another car. That is until yesterday. One of the competitors, who shall remain nameless since he was highly embarrassed, but who drives a 1950 burgundy Jeepster ran into us while backing his car into the slot beside us. Damage was slight, paint mostly and a little bend in the fender. Nothing that will slow us down.
Then this morning, we discovered a flat tire. Actually at dinner last night one of the racers said it looked a little low. We checked this morning and it was totally flat. So before breakfast, Ed-with my help of course changed it. We carry two tires mounted on rims so we are good to go.
So much I haven’t told you. Yesterday, day 4 more cars had trouble. The Dodge lost his clutch, The Jeep had a flat tire and damaged rim, The second Jeep had a broken tail pipe and the Holden had major engine trouble-sorry I don’t know the details. All this makes the group more solid. Everyone helps everyone and that’s what makes it interesting.
Our scenery has changed dramatically making the day-while a long one-385 miles- most interesting. We are seeing more of Africa now. Women walking along the road with children strapped to their back in colorful scarfs, small towns and varying road conditions. When the signs say “Potholes” you need to believe it. Our gravel roads are often rugged with ruts, potholes and lots of loose gravel.
From the road,
Janet, Ed and Stewball