Day five of the Convoy
The Swing Route
Today was by far the most exciting day during the convoy celebration. The drive today was long but it started out right. Wake up call was 5 .am. This is never fun. But, good things happened from the start traveling from Cheyenne to Denver then Abilene, Kansas. At 6 a.m. I climbed into my first 18 wheeler with the Highway Watch guys Ralph and Dave (Ralph if you read this don’t get a big head you just have a better name that Dave does, because Ralph it is my father’s name).
The trip took a different view when looking at the road from this massive tractor trailer. It gave me a larger perspective riding with Dave and Ralph asking question about what it was like driving a truck and living on the Highway. I know now riding with these two men that a trucker’s life is a hard one. I now have a deeper respect of truckers and the trials they go through.
When we got to Denver we drove in to the Forney Transportation Museum. We arrived early and I got a chance to walk through the museum before the program got started. The museum was wonderful and it has one of the largest displays of classic cars, trains, and horse drawn buggies. My favorite was a large coal powered train that you could walk through. I never realized how difficulty driving one of the old trains was.
Denver has great meaning to the Eisenhower family. My great-grandmother lived there and was married there to my great-grandfather. Her mother’s house was used as a summer White House during Ike’s time in D.C. After my tour of the museum was over, it was time to make a few remarks at the press conference before getting back on the convoy. The Lt. Governor spoke elegantly and was just as elegant in person. After her speech Dan McNichol spoke and then it was my turn. Soon after we left for Abilene.
Kansas was a different ball game all together. There were 11 different overpasses on which people were waiting to greet us. They lined the overpasses with banners and American flags to welcome us throughout the state, as we were escorted by the Kansas National Guard. This was a heartwarming experience that could never be replaced. When we arrived in Abilene it got better, bands were playing and people were greeting us like we were a part of the family. This was one of the most remarkable moments in my life. Soon after Dan and I were asked to say a few words. I have never felt so proud in all of my days on this earth: knowing that these people were here to remember my great-grandfather, Dwight David Eisenhower.