In 1972, after graduating from college, Jerry Steimel set out on a cross-country road trip in a 1966 VW Beetle he called Zorba — named after the literary figure, Zorba the Greek. In Zorba, the author Nikos Kazantzakis had created an image and a philosophy about life that inspired him. Zorba's commitment to grasping tightly to the present and living life without fear was something Steimel strived to adopt. On his road trip in 1972 Steimel aimed to explore America's back roads—the country sharply divided over the war in Vietnam—and break away from his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Along the way, he sought to gain a deeper understanding of himself and the path his life would take. His goal: get to California and see what he could learn along the way. However, the Beetle he chose for the journey suffered mechanical failure on the first day in a small town in Alabama, only 300 miles from the journey's starting point. Resisting a return to his hometown, Steimel attempted to sustain himself in Pensacola, Florida. After one month his resources were expended and he was forced to return to Louisville and put his dream of driving across America on the shelf. After receiving a Masters Degree in social work, Steimel pursued a career working with disadvantaged children in a variety of settings, ultimately settling on the East coast. He married and raised two daughters—a life well-lived—and he continued to pursue Zorba's approach to life holding the author Kazantzakis in his mind as a mentor. But always a feeling lingered that he had some unfinished business. Forty-five years after his first attempt at a cross-country road trip in an old VW, Steimel retired and began searching for a vintage VW bus that could help him fulfill his dream. It was 2017, the first year of the Trump Presidency and the country was again in conflict with itself. Steimel took his dream off the shelf, and in a 1973 VW bus began a new journey of self-discovery on the back roads of America. He saw the road trip as a test of how close he had come in his pursuit of Zorba the Greek. It was a dream deferred, but not forgotten.