Author, Judy Howard’s mailing address is Sun City, California, but you will rarely find her there. Instead, you might find the top ranking Amazon author strapped in at the race track ready to check out the Mario Andretti Racing Experience or cruising down Route 66.
Of one thing, you can be sure she is living up to a quote by Henry Thoreau, Howard questions, “How vain is it to sit down and write, when you have not stood up to live?”
Judy Howardhas traveled solo with her pet companion, Sportster, for 11 years in her 1997 24-foot Class C Winnebago Itasca.
She wrote her first book about her 3,000-mile trip in 2004, shortly after her husband passed. Coast to Coast with a Cat and a Ghost (2011) is a memoir about her loss. “But more importantly,” she says, it is “about my new beginning as an RVing widow.”
When asked if she runs into trouble on the road traveling alone, Judy says: “No. I am a fanatic about maintenance and repairs.” And, she reports, “I keep a low profile when I stay in a rest stop, Wal-Mart or truck stop.”
But unexpected things happen, she adds. One challenge came when she was traveling I-70, near the Eisenhower Tunnel west of Denver.
“I panicked because I wasn’t sure of the clearance for my motorhome,” she recalls, “so I took the detour, Loveland Pass. At 12,000-feet elevation, almost straight up, I white-knuckled the steering wheel through hairpin turns all the way to the top and back down. I will never forget that ride.”