At the beginning of this summer, New Jersey Monthly, a magazine that chronicles life in the Garden State, introduced “The Great New Jersey Monthly Scavenger Hunt 2021.” Participants who accept this challenge will travel to 36 sites around the state, taking a selfie at each one, and then submit them to the magazine. Completing the challenge enters you into drawings to win prizes, but the real benefit to finishing the scavenger hunt is to learn more about the history, businesses, restaurants, and hidden gems throughout the state. Although we discovered the challenge after it had been open for several weeks, my wife and I decided to see if we could put ourselves in gear and finish the scavenger hunt before the August 31st deadline.
This Saturday, we spent nine hours on the road, crossing six more locations off the scavenger hunt list. I thought it might be fun to let you peek behind the scenes and see how we attack such a mammoth challenge. So come along then, as we head out on the road once again, exploring locations throughout my home state. There are also some automotive updates, fun news to share from a friend, and a cool update about this blog.
Six More Places Done!
Whitney Houston Mural
Tear Drop Memorial
Liberty State Park
Weehawken Dueling Grounds
Demarest Railroad Depot
Four Sisters Winery
Hot Dog Johnny’s
Between updates on our own vehicles, a cool meet-up, a friend’s new ride, a fantastic announcement from a favorite car company, and a cool update about this blog, this post wouldn’t be complete without sharing some news.
New Tires Tuesday!
A New Acura
That’s a Lotta Miles
In previous posts, I have featured high mileage Honda Accord owners Justin (who owns a 2003 Accord that has over 838,000 miles) and Josh (whose 2015 Accord has 598,000 miles). They recently met up in Texas and shot a quick video of their cars together. What does over 1.4 million miles look like? When it comes to Hondas, it looks pretty normal. If they passed you on the street, would you know that these Accords have such stratospheric mileage? No, neither would I.
The Teaser Video of All Teaser Videos
In my pantheon of greatest cars of all time, special mention goes to the Acura Integra. It was a sports compact car that, for legions of young drivers in the 90s, became the definition of affordable luxury. These cars drove like race cars, with tight, responsive handling, and were powered by small but rev-happy engines that sounded their best above 5,000 rpm. Last week, in a surprise announcement, Acura announced they would be bringing back the Integra in the Spring of 2022. After hearing the news, I’ve been like a kid waiting for Christmas morning ever since.
A Blog Milestone
We’re now in the home stretch of the New Jersey Monthly Scavenger Hunt, as we have only 6 more sites to go before we finish. I will keep you updated on our progress as we appear to be approaching the finish line. In the meantime, my wife and I are setting off on a new road trip adventure this week to celebrate my birthday. You’ll certainly learn more about it here in an upcoming post!
Before closing, I wanted to offer a special thanks to everyone who has read this blog. I am grateful that you continue to find these posts an enjoyable way to pass some time, and that you keep coming back to read again and again. Thank you for continuing to engage with this blog. I plan to share our road trip adventures for a long time. Once I press the “publish” button today, 200 posts will be in the books. Onward!