There’s no other way of saying this – New Jersey is small. At 7,417 square miles, it is the fifth-smallest state in the union. The state is twenty-one times smaller than California. At its widest point, it is only 70 miles from west to east. From north to south, the Garden State measures 170 miles, approximately one-tenth the length of Alaska, the longest state in the nation (1,400 miles). Tri-States Monument, a small stone marker in Montague Township, denotes the northernmost point of the state. The southernmost point is found in historic Cape May township along Beach Drive. While driving the entire length of the state in a morning isn’t feasible for many states, it is certainly possible in New Jersey!
With the worldwide spread of COVID-19, public health officials have recommended that US citizens avoid gathering in groups of 50 or more and maintain a distance of at least six feet between other people so as to minimize the risk of transmission (from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Obviously, in such an environment, road trips pale in importance to helping to maintain good public health. But what if there was a way to see some cool sights while minimizing the people that surround you, yet also getting out into nature to help your own well-being? With all of these factors in mind, my wife and I planned a drive this past weekend to several sites that would be cool, but would also minimize any potential person-to-person interactions. We drove… north to south.
The North to South Road Trip
I have long been interested in high mileage vehicles. When I come across stories of vehicles with odometers that read well into six figures, I enjoy sharing them here. One site I have been following for several years is The High Mile Club, a blog about vehicles that reach at least 350,000 miles. If you’re looking for an interesting read, I would highly recommend perusing it. In addition, I have been meaning to share an interesting feature about a one-owner 2003 Honda Accord with over 600,000 miles from Louisville, Kentucky. The article includes an interview with the owner – it is a fun and quick read.
Now, onto an update closer to home:
A trip from the top of New Jersey to the bottom is a fantastic way to spend a day. Looking to the future, the reality of life in the time of a global pandemic is full of uncertainty, and taking road trips is low on my list of priorities. However, I have a few posts planned that, similar to my “Jersey Diner” post last week, have been on my mind to write for a while. Rather than new adventures, they will be posts about life on the road, photography, and musings on the future of the automobile. Hopefully, you’ll find those an entertaining break from our seemingly relentless new cycle.
In the meantime, please be well, stay healthy, and find time to take care of yourselves. And as always, thanks for coming along on a journey down the open road ahead.