Almost the entire nation is now several weeks into a period of mandatory self-isolation, and I hope you are doing well. Despite living through an international health crisis the likes of which the world has not seen in over a hundred years, life for my wife and I has remained mercifully quiet. Our trips have mostly been to the grocery store, the pharmacy, and the occasional stop at a local restaurant for takeout. During all of this, exercise remains important. However, with gyms closed and fitness classes cancelled, how is one to remain in shape? Fortunately, most public parks remain open to the public, and New Jersey has an excellent state and county park system.
This trip, then, is to a series of parks throughout Middlesex County, to explore a little bit of history, to enjoy some fresh air, and to learn a little bit more about some cool locations in my own backyard. What follows then, is a series of trips by foot instead of by car, explorations along the truly low road. So sit back, relax, and let me bring the great outdoors to you:
Middlesex County Parks
The East Coast Greenway
While much of the past several weeks has been spent working from home, doing small projects around the house, reading, and binge watching murder mysteries such as Midsomer Murders, I do have a few more updates to share!
First, some high mileage vehicle notes. Tyson Hugie, whose blog Drive to Five helped to inspire the start of The Open Road Ahead, recently celebrated the 17th anniversary of ownership of his 1994 Acura Legend coupe. Now with 572,000 miles on its odometer, that car is a road trip legend (pardon the pun). He wrote a post and created a video in its honor. He also took several questions I had asked him about the car and created a Q&A session in the article. If you’re looking for some fun automotive reading material, do check it out.
On the topic of high mileage, the automotive review website The Fast Lane Car has a testimonial from a Honda CR-V owner who has driven his 2014 model over 300,000 miles. Long a favorite of Consumer Reports for its reliability and economy, it is cool to see such big mileage from Honda’s original crossover utility vehicle. In the words of the vehicle’s owner: “Everything on the vehicle is operational and there are no warning lights on the dash.” Is it just me, or does that read like poetry?
Onto some updates closer to home:
I hope you enjoyed this little trip through the parks of Middlesex County. I feel fortunate to live in an area where we have so many public spaces in which to safely exercise in nature, while also practicing good social distancing. I have plans to do another post like this in a few weeks, so please stay tuned.
Thank you for stopping by once again to read about adventures on the open road ahead… be they adventures behind the wheel or adventures on foot. I hope that this health crisis recedes quickly and we can all return to our regularly scheduled lives. Until then, please be well and stay safe.