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The Devil Drives

The Devil Drives

Why do I leave a good home and loving parents to travel a no man’s land into some unplanned oblivion?

The Devil drives.

Why do I leave my wonderful girlfriend to walk a lonely Road without cuddle or embrace?

The Devil drives.

Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
in JFK Airport, New York City, USA- June 4, 2008
Song of the Open Road Travel Photos

Why do I have this urge to keep going to – to keep seeking out – every far gone and dingy and beautiful corner of planet earth that I have not yet been to?

The Devil drives.

What keeps me ever searching for new places in this world where the people smile when I already know places where the sun shines and the birds sing? Why can’t I just stay snug in the paradises which I have already found?

The Devil drives.

Why must I always live in a constant limbo of perpetual motion? What can’t I just sit still, quietly?

The Devil drives.

Why am I taking the long Road to Turkey?

Why am I not in beautiful, beautiful Japan?

Why am I by myself?

Where do I think I am going?

Why am I absolutely unable to function in a society (any society)?

The Devil drives

And thus spake Sir Richard Burton:

“Starting in a hallowed log of wood – some thousand miles up a river, with an infinitesimal prospect of returning! I ask myself ’Why?” and the only echo is “damned fool! . . . The Devil drives!”

And I like it this way.

The Devil Drives
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About the Author:

Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 80 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3170 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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