Willie Nelson had it right. From one of his better-known songs, he sings:
“On the road again
Just can’t wait to get on the road again
The life I love is makin’ music with my friends
And I can’t wait to get on the road again”
Let’s not forget that it wasn’t but a few months ago that a void existed on our highways. The usual crowd of college students bolting down the road to challenge their peers at other institutions was held at bay by a very unwelcome stranger. Well, they are back and the swell of enthusiasm for loading up the car and hitting the road again remains strong. This season equated to more of an abbreviated schedule considering that time was needed for the clubs to regain their form prior to COVID. This fall will be an exciting one to be sure.
With 51 approved travel requests, the clubs blanketed the Southeast. Two of them, ice hockey and men’s rugby, scored opportunities to participate in their respective national championship tournaments, one in Philly and the other in Houston. While other athletes fly, ours travel by roadway. Calculating the total distance driven by all of the vehicles necessary to transport these athletes came in just shy of 100,000 miles. The actual count was 92,779 miles.
These sport club athletes deserve an appreciable amount of praise for handling the logistics of their travel, driving long distances “for the love of the game”, paying for the additional expenses needed to make the trips happen, and of course, continuing to make music with their friends. They are a remarkable bunch!
Nelson, Willie (1980). “On the Road Again”. Honeysuckle Rose [Album]. Columbia Records.