“Not all those who wander are lost.” -J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Greetings from New Jersey! Living in the New York metropolitan area has meant that we are near the epicenter of the current COVID-19 global pandemic. For the past month, New Jersey has issued increasingly tighter restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of this lethal virus. On April 7th, Governor Phil Murphy closed all county and state parks, with many towns following suit to close municipal parks as well. Several weeks later, with the spread of the disease seemingly slowing in our state, the parks were re-opened (via CNBC). While imploring people to follow safe social distancing, outdoor activities once again became possible in my home state. With the green spaces dotting New Jersey now open for visiting, my wife and I decided to do what we do best: wander.
As an addendum to our previous explorations of the parks of Middlesex County, here are some more public spaces we discovered. After that, what follows are a few more automotive updates, a cool story from a new acquaintance, and some sneak previews of future posts.
The Parks of Middlesex County, Part II:
Jamesburg Park Conservation Area
Tamarack Hollow Preserve
Mountain View Park
A Rutgers Walk
Updates, Automotive and Otherwise
As always, I enjoy sharing people’s high mileage achievements through this blog. I recently came across a video on YouTube of Walter Keller, who lives in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. He owns a 1992 Honda Accord station wagon with over 960,000 miles on it! The video is from 2017 and I was not able to find any follow-up information, but I’d like to presume that his Accord reached the magic 7-figure mark.
I also have a really cool high mileage Honda story I’d like to share from a new reader! Justin and his wife Lisa live in Texas and own this gorgeous 2003 Honda Accord EX-L V6 6-speed coupe that has a whopping 645,000miles on it! They bought the car new in 2003, and its mileage was pretty reasonable until Justin started using it for his job as a courier – he now puts over 100,000 miles on it each year! It is still on the original engine, although the transmission was replaced around 320,000 miles. If you’re interested in reading the history of his car, you can scroll through his excellent post on the “Drive Accord” online forum here. I asked Justin if I could share the story of his car here, and he graciously obliged.
While many of the places that this blog usually visits – museums, roadside attractions, historic warships, car shows – remain closed, the public parks are a welcome way to get out of the house and explore. Once social distancing can safely end, my wife and I have some small trips planned in the coming months which we are looking forward to sharing here. In the meantime, I have a special post planned for one specific aspect of photography that I neglected to mention in my Art of Photography post last month. Please stay tuned!
As always, thanks for coming along on another journey down the open road ahead.