Earlier this year I blogged about Simon Winchester, the Oxford-educated Brit who fell in love with America and became an American citizen this July fourth. He relishes our country’s strength and history the way only a newly-converted citizen can, it seems. This month he’s following the route of a motorcade that the army did under the direction of then Lieutentant Colonel Dwight David Eisenhower from Washington DC to San Francisco t in 1918, long before freeways. Here’s his account from FB:
“This is Day One of the rerun of Eisenhower's 1919 Transcontinental Motor Convoy. Left the Zero Mile Marker on the Ellipse in Washington DC, arrived last night in Gettysburg. PA. (Ike took two days: we took four hours.) Heading west along the old Rte 30, trying to be leisurely. Shanksville memorial en route, then probably over Ohio line tonight. Will keep you posted.”
I was, of course, completely unaware of the Transcontinental Motor Convoy (indeed, thinking of Eisenhower as younger, I worried Winchester had his facts wrong and then reminded myself who was writing) and appreciate our proud new citizen’s bringing it to my attention.
Causes Kevin Arnold Supports
Poetry Center San Jose, East Palo Alto Police Activities League (EPA PAL), Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Yale Writing Conference, Gold Rush Writers