A Trek for the Troops: A report on my
trip to Riverside Iowa's TREK FEST XXII (Jerome
A. Holst © 2006)
As we bid farewell to
Riverside, Joe and I headed towards Muscatine,
Iowa to cross back over the Mississippi and
begin our trek home to Ohio. But first, Joe
spotted a Taco Bell and we stopped for a food
break before continuing on.
Chowing down on
our Crunch Wrap Supremes, we noticed a local
car show across the highway in one of the
strip malls near Route 22. Anxious to see the
car show, Joe and I quickly finished our food
and scooted cross the highway. Sponsored by
The Rotary Club, the event afforded visitors
the chance to vote on the best cars by
dropping a donation into a can in front of
each vehicle. The car that collected the most
money was the winner.
One Ford vehicle was owned
by Bill Schafennaker. At the age of 80, his
children purchased the vintage Ford to give
him something to do in his old age. At 92, he
is going strong and still taking care of the
car which was originally found quietly rusting
away in a barn in Eldon, Iowa.
Joe takes some shade with the Shafennakers
Joe checks the engine of classic Triumph
Classic 1954 Corvette Convertible
A way cool hot rod...VA ROOOM!
Joe grabs a ride home
The car show was great, but we
had to hit the road. It would take Joe and I
two days to get back to Ohio, so we began our
return trip in earnest at about 12:00 noon.
On Saturday night we arrived
in Huntington, Indiana, but could find no
lodging any where in town. All the rooms were
booked for merrymakers who had come to the
annual summer festival. Navigating past a
downtown festival filled with throngs of folks
having a good time, and a fire engine rushing
to an emergency scene, we were lucky enough to
find lodging about ten miles down the road.
The next morning Joe and I had
breakfast at McDonalds and later that day at
about 5:00pm, we arrived safe and sound at my
home in Rootstown, Ohio (not far from Akron).
So, the Trek was over. We had
gone where a lot of people had gone before.
But it was a first for me and I loved every
minute of "A Trek for the Troops".
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