It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we drove out of Yokohama to start following the tire tracks of George Schuster and the other 1908 Great Racers. Here’s a revisit of our send-off from Yokohama Tower:
Send-Off from Yokohama, Saturday, May 10, 2014 (Eileen Bjorkman photo)
I wonder how different our trip would be if we were doing it today? When we started in 2014, the situation in Ukraine was still relatively new, and it had little impact on our travels. A year later, nearly 70 world leaders just snubbed the V-E Day celebration in Moscow and sanctions are straining relations between Russia and the U.S. and our allies. I hate to think that politics could have ruined our trip, but I’m glad we went a year ago!
I also wanted to let everyone know that I am beginning work on my book proposal again very soon. I started a new job and moved in January, so that put me a bit behind, but I also wanted to get some distance from the trip to help me put our experiences into the proper perspective.
In the meantime, best wishes to half of the 2014 team, John and Leo, as they embark on a new adventure around the Great Lakes!
Hello Everyone, this is John…..It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, so thought I’d bring you up to speed on what’s going on in the World Auto Tour World.
I’ve been working on the Roadster the last couple weeks getting ready for another road trip. I’ve installed new plugs, wire’s, dist cap, rotor, tightened all the nuts and bolts and most importantly mounted new new steel belted radial tires. I had been using the old school bias tires and what a difference the new radials made…much better ride and overall handling !!! Should have done this sooner.
Leo contacted me a while back, wanting to take his Model A Roadster Pickup on an adventure, so we are doing a 2500 mile Great Lakes trip around the shoreline of Lake Huron, Lake Superior and Lake Michigan which includes both the US and Canada. Luke was planning to go as well, however, due to other commitments he won’t be able to make it. I’ll be leaving California in the Roadster next week heading for Toledo, Ohio where I’ll meet Leo and hit the road!!! Not quite the adventure of the World Tour but will still be a great time…..next year will be a much bigger adventure, more on that later!!!!!
So….stay tuned…I’ll be posting the blow by blow details once we get started.
Thank you to everyone who took time to attend my presentation at the Everett Public Library on Saturday! Given the fantastic weather we had in the Seattle area on Saturday, I was surprised at how many people turned out to hear about driving in China and Russia.
If anyone reading this has a group that would like to hear my presentation, please let me know. I spend most of my time in Ohio now, but I’m available to travel on weekends. The presentation on Saturday was 90 minutes, including questions, but I can tailor my talk to any length needed — shorter or longer. I’m also happy to focus on specific themes if that would better suit your group; e.g.,
– Hidden Japan
– Driving in China: Just Try Not to Kill Anyone
– Bad Roads and Good People in Russia
– Russian History on the Trail of the 1908 Great Race
– Car Repairs in Russia
– Compare/Contrast the 2014 Trip with the 1908 Race
The presentation on Saturday included all these elements, but I can easily take one or two themes and expand on them as necessary.
You can contact me by either leaving a comment on this website or sending me an email via my author website at http://www.eileenbjorkman.com
Keep moving, keep moving!