Down The Road with Dave Volk - 2017

December 7, 2017

DOWN THE ROAD: 2017 - Part 1

Get the first snow of year and even though it is only a quarter of an inch it's a nasty harbinger of things to come. So with that as a warning I have begun to make plans to clear out and head south to Florida. As I have done for the past 7 years, I will send short missives during my travels. (Damn, 7 years!!!! Can that be right?) 

The day before leaving I wake up with a huge zit on my face. What is up with that......zits on wrinkles!! Just not right. You should have zits or wrinkles but not both. Becky says its because I am young at heart, which I think is her sweet way of saying I am a bit immature. 

Anyway, at 0 dark 30 in the morning Becky, me and my zit are on the road headed south down Interstate 29. We make good time and watch the sun rise over the Loess Hills south of Sioux City. 

We have an ambitious schedule for this first day and will go through 6 states before we get to a little town in Illinois east of St. Louis. Before Becky became my very able co-pilot I would never have made it this far. 

We go south to Kansas City then hang a left on Interstate 70, across Missouri. I have traveled this road many times before so not much is new. As we pass Fulton, however, I do always think about Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain speech, which was delivered in this small Midwest town a year after WWII ended. "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent." 

Perhaps it is my love of history or the aging process that makes me long for the 'Good Old Days', but I do wish we had the type of leadership that saw us through those difficult days of WWII. I find this whole tweeting culture of today immature and infantile as well as the mean spirit of today's politics. When England stood alone against the Nazi's during their darkest days here is what they got from their leader: "We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender." Guess I just wish our leaders would appeal to our 'Better Angels' rather than appealing to our fears and prejudices. First and last political comment in the Blog. Think I am getting nostalgic and just a little grumpy. 

Churchill 250


As I travel I think of some of my old friends that I used to stop and visit on this trip and who are no longer with us. I truly have been blessed with wonderful friends all over this country. I have always liked poem:
Think where mans glory most begins and ends,
and say my glory was I had such friends.
- William Butler Yeats 

Fountain 250
Views from Savannah
RiverBoat 250

Certainly true for me. 

We will be in Nashville tomorrow and will have lunch with my dear friend Patsy, who was married to Harlan Matthews, who was State Treasurer and US Senator from Tennessee, and who we lost 3 years ago. 

We will have to miss my usual stop in Atlanta to see Army buddy Skip and wife Margaret. Margaret is again locked in a battle with cancer, a battle she will whip once and for all. One tough lady that M.

 We will end up in Savannah, Georgia and will spend a couple of days there. Wonderful little city on the Savannah River. 


I will write one more blog about Savannah and our final leg of the journey to Casa Del Mar on the Gulf of Mexico. 

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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If you'd like to read Dave's "Down the Road" blogs from previous years click on the links below:

Down the Road - 2013

Down the Road - 2014

Down the Road - 2015

Down the Road - 2016