Four Days Later

May 30: first-flower.png    A rest day in Nashville. Rest day for many means time to work on cars. We had just a couple of small things to do. One of our headlights needed to be replaced. What should have been a simple thing, since we had a spare, turned out a bit more complicated since our spare lamp wouldn’t fit. Fortunately for us, our support crew aka Andy Inskip had a bulb that fit our old headlight and all is well again. Second problem was redoing the ground on our terratrip rally computer. It had gone out several time on the rally and we thought it was a loose connection. We will see if we were right. Finally, and this was a problem for many of the cars, we had to bail the water out of the back floor of our car. We have been driving through heavy rain the last three days, and most everyone had standing water in their cars. Some a lot more than others.

So, to back up.

Day 1. Charleston, SC to Charlotte, NC. Our niece came to see us off Sunday morning. She 357took the role of navigator and took our time card to sign us out. She did a great job, but apparently was a bit of a distraction to Andy and he signed us out on the wrong page. Only at the second regularity did another marshals tell us we were on the wrong page. No harm done.

The harm was to Stewball’s left fender. One of the crew who was d354riving a RV as a support vehicle hit Stewball  on a sand road as we finished a regularity. We caught up with him at a gas station and he didn’t even know he hit us. He was more than apologetic and has already written us a check to cover repairs.

We have never had a participant who had a support vehicle along, but when he told us he was with team 12 because one of the participants in the car had metastatic breast cancer, tired easily and needed a place to rest we felt badly that we even told him about our very minor injury.

This day was our anniversary and we had hoped to find a really good restaurant in Charlotte-there are many-to celebrate. However, it was Sunday and a holiday weekend. We ended up eating rather lousy food at the hotel were we stayed but still celebrated a good day together doing what we love.

We felt good about our day of driving. We don’t time our regularities, but we never got lost and placed 17 overall. Not bad since this is the first time I have driven and Ed has navigated. Our standing will go down since we will not drive any of the race tracks and that penalizes us.

Saving days 2 and 3 for the next blog.


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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