One hundred thousand miles. That’s about seventeen round trips from New York to San Francisco. Ten round trips from Miami, Florida to Anchorage, Alaska. Fourteen round trips between Moscow and Beijing. One hundred and sixty-six round trips between Philadelphia and Boston. Or four journeys around the circumference of the Earth. Whichever way you calculate it, one hundred thousand miles is a lot of distance, and a lot of driving. On President’s Day, I took a journey to a seaside town I had never visited, to pass the 100,000 mile mark in my car.
I had been considering several options for the 100k trip when my girlfriend suggested I check out Newburyport, Massachusetts. First settled in 1635, Newburyport is located on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Knowing of my appreciation for the ocean and life at sea, my girlfriend also helped me identify my final destination: the Custom House Maritime Museum, a museum of the nautical history of New England, set in a 183-year old building. After reviewing the map, I called a friend to meet up with me, set off to explore this historical destination, and passed a major milestone.
Several friends and family members had asked if I had anything special planned for the 100,000 mile blog post. I had several ideas, but my Mom’s suggestion of a video is what won out. It won’t earn a Golden Globe, but I had a lot of fun making it. Please forgive the wind noise, some mistakes I made (for instance, referring to 100,007 miles as one hundred and seven thousand miles), and how congested I sounded (I was coming down with what turned out to be a nasty sinus infection)… it’s nothing serious. But if you’re looking for something to watch, here is the world premier of The Open Road Ahead – A Video Tour:
The trip to 100,000 miles was a blast. I had a great time meeting up with an old friend and exploring a new historic site. The Custom House Maritime Museum is open Saturdays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sundays and holiday Mondays from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students (active duty military personnel and children enter for free). Plum Island is open most days, although a small fee is charged per vehicle.
So with 100,000 miles on the odometer, is it time to put the Accord out to pasture? To trade it in for something newer, sleeker, and better? Absolutely not. As one friend said: “Onward to 200,000, and beyond!” Or, perhaps more appropriately, “Second star to the right, and straight on ’til morning.”