Standing beside a waterfall. Driving past a milestone. Visiting a market that dates back to 1893. And celebrating a birthday with shopping and great food at a historic village. While I have not been able to take an in-depth tour of any roadside attractions lately, I have still certainly been out and about. Over the past month, work and settling into my new home have consumed much of my time. However, rather than waiting for the next big road trip, I thought I would post a short update of my most recent travels and experiences.
A Waterfall (Again)
To give you a sense of the scale and power of this waterfall, I made a short video:
As with any machine, my Accord requires maintenance and occasional repairs to keep it running. However, it has required the least amount of upkeep of any car I have driven past 100,000 miles. In the time that I have owned it, it has needed:
12 oil changes and tire rotations
3 transmission fluid changes
1 set of front brake pads
2 sets of rear brake pads and 1 set of rear rotors
1 brake fluid change
1 timing belt/water pump/spark plug replacement
1 battery (original was still working – replaced preventatively)
1 brake caliper (right rear)
2 sets of tires
2 ignition coil packs (#5 and #6 cylinders)
Left and right lower ball joints
Sway bar bushings and end links
1 new wheel (thank you, Pennsylvania Turnpike)
1 new windshield (thank you, New Jersey Turnpike)
And the removal of a rather disgusting spider nest from the evaporative system
Almost all of the repairs required I would classify as normal wear and tear. The suspension components wore out, exacerbated by the salt and brine put on the roads during winter. The wheel and windshield were both damaged by road conditions. The only repair that surprised me were the two ignition coil packs that went bad. Overall, though, the car has exceeded my expectations for reliability (and no, we’re not going to discuss the spider nest again… yuck!).
I intend to post a longer review of the car (including a video walkthrough) when I roll 150,000 miles. Until then? Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning!
A New Hope:
Reading Terminal Market
A Birthday Trip!
It has been a hectic month since I last posted, but even so, my wife and I continue to find adventures to take and new places to explore. With any luck, this post has given you a few more locations to check out! Reading Terminal Market is open every day from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm (although stores run by Pennsylvania Dutch are typically closed on Sunday). Peddler’s Village is open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Friday and Saturday, and 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on Sunday.
Thanks for coming along on this weekend roundup along the open road ahead!