TruckStop-Washday-Four-States-24hours-Bob Davis Podcast 905

Seven States

First of all after hitting seven states in less than three weeks, it’s time for a break. Learn more about my latest mega trip in TruckStop-Washday-Four-States-24hours-Bob Davis Podcast 905.

Questions About Travel

These days I am asked a lot of questions about my travels.

Food and Laundry

Certainly the best questions are about simple stuff. What do you eat? Where do you do your laundry? Is Mobile Podcast Command an RV?

Truck Stops

Let’s start with two friends of the traveler. WalMart and Truck Stops.

Pilot!

When it comes to Truck Stops I have my favorites. Flying J, Pilots, Loves and T/A’s. Even more, some of the truck stops with names I can’t remember are great. Pilot is my favorite.

Wash Day At The Truck Stop

In TruckStop-Washday-Four-States-24hours-Bob Davis Podcast 905 we spend wash day at the Pilot south of San Antonio, Texas. The music’s classic rock, the People’s Court is on TV and there’s a full range of stuff to look at.

Travel In An America You Don’t See On TV

In addition in this podcast I make some observations about travel in an America saturated with political ‘news’ coverage.

Stressed Drivers and Travelers Need Calm

In contrast at most of the truck stops there’s no CNN, or Fox News or talk radio. There’s country, and classic rock, and a generally calm atmosphere for stressed truckers and travelers.

Back On The Road

Fill up. Get Something to eat. Take a shower. Do some laundry. Back on the road.

24 Hours of Driving and Back To Minnesota

Four states in one day in this podcast. From San Antonio to Dover, Oklahoma, and then onto Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, to finally end in Minnesota on an unusual sunny and warm day in February.

Unsung Heroes

Here’s to the unsung heroes on the road. The drivers, the people at the Pilot, the WalMart, the guy in Oklahoma who stopped to talk to me about my T-shirt.

No Academy Awards Here

Especially relevant is the fact that none of these people will probably ever win an academy award, run for congress, or even make a speech beyond funerals or their kids’ birthday parties.

On The Job

Above all though, they’re back on the job every day. All across this vast country.

Real America

Finally it was a great relief to see real America after two weeks of speechifying and media coverage of politics in Iowa.

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Road-Trip-Back-Roads-Only-Bob Davis Podcast 839

Whenever I feel like I am in a rut these days, a road trip is always the best medicine. Even more a road trip on the back roads. I’ll tell you all about it in Road-Trip-Back-Roads-Only-Bob Davis Podcast 839.

Mobile Podcast Command has been up and down both coasts. I’ve traveled in this old ambulance across the Midwest, out west, out east, around Florida and the gulf coast many times. Lately though I have become a back roads snob.

Especially relevant is my new mantra. Unless it is absolutely necessary, I prefer the old National Highway system, state roads, county roads or even rural routes. I feel this is where you really get a feel for what’s going on in this country.

Moreover big city people and especially big city media people seem to harbor a belief that there is something sinister and dangerous about rural America.

In Road-Trip-Back-Roads-Only-Bob Davis Podcast 839 I wonder whether some people can travel back roads, and see small town and rural America for what it is, without judgement. Because there is a lot to like about some of the places I have been.

It’s most noteworthy that the lessons you learn hitting America’s back roads seem to coalesce in your mind a few weeks after the trip is over. In addition, I have crisscrossed parts of this country so many times I’ll remember an experience I had, but forget just exactly where it happened.

What’s important in rural America? For one thing, small business and local business.

As I blog I am sitting in a shopping center parking lot about fifty miles south of Roanoke. I’ve rolled through Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and now Virginia.

Truth is some of those back roads are really back roads. Switchbacks through the mountains.

In conclusion, the best part of it all? You get to enjoy all this amazing scenery without being bothered. Usually you’re the only vehicle on the road.

It’s been that way most of this trip, and it’s well worth the effort.

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Historic April Snow-Bob Davis Podcast 822

These days you don’t always believe something is true just because the media says so. Unfortunately for the Upper Midwest, this time they were right. Find out why in Historic April Snow-Bob Davis Podcast 822.

Missouri Storm Chaser Steven Coy

I am especially happy to reconnect with Missouri Storm Chaser Steven Coy. I’ve known Steven since storm chasing more than a year ago in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. So when a surprise snow storm hits Minnesota, Coy is the go to guy for me.

A Bomb Cyclone? What’s That?

Furthermore when we hear words like ‘Bomb Cyclone‘ being thrown about it’s time to talk to someone who can decipher the weather jargon and get to root of the matter.

Lots of Snow

Most noteworthy the news is not good for western Minnesota which may face as much as twenty inches of spring snow, according to Steven and the National Weather Service.

Winds Picking Up. More Snow Into Late Thursday

Likewise the weather isn’t good in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul where winds began picking up Wednesday night. With potentially a foot of snow and high winds into Friday.

Spring Is Delayed

Certainly spring is going to be delayed. Again.

Moreover after a winter of extended double digits below zero few welcome a reprise.

Why? Why? Why?

Especially relevant is the question of why this is happening. Is it the magnetic pole drift? El Nino? Are the jet streams breaking up? Is the world about to end. We’ll find out in Historic April Snow-Bob Davis Podcast 822.

Someone Who Knows His Weather

Steven Coy is a very down to earth guy who knows his weather. For someone so young to have several great storm photos and videos to his credit is impressive. Not to mention a lot of miles storm chasing and a boatload of FaceBook fans.

Please God. Can It Just Be Over?

While we claim to be a hardy lot in the land of ten thousand lakes, we just want this to be over.

(Radar Screen Shot Credit: Steven Coy and The National Weather Service)

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