Saturday, July 24, 2010

On The Road

by Warren Sparrow

We have returned from a vacation of 2,612 miles in our 2003 Accord. She performed brilliantly. Therefore, we have named the car "Accord One." Air Force One has nothing on Accord One. Our trip began 1 July 2010 and ended 15 July 2010.

Along the way we stopped at Carlisle, PA, New Paltz, NY, Vanhornsville, NY, Fairlee, VT, Newbury, VT, Woodsville, NH, Gorham, NH, Mt. Washington, NH, North Andover, MA, Duxbury, MA and Carlisle, PA.

The high point of the trip was Mt. Washington, whose summit is 6,200 feet above sea level. . The low point was Duxbury, MA, which is near Plymouth Rock.

In between a good time was had by all. Accord One made it possible. She climbed Mt. Washington, pulling us up and down an 8-mile road. Speed limit: 20. Low gear required. Two-way traffic. No centerline. No guard rails. There were times when I almost lost it. Becky bruised her right foot because she kept pressing on the passenger's side brake.

The  picture on the left was taken at the Silver Maple Lodge in Fairlee, VT. It shows Accord One parked next to a 1934 Ford. This is a remarkable photo. It is sort of an alpha and omega of my driving history. The first car I ever drove was a 1934 Ford. You can understand how proud Accord One felt to be parked next to one. It certainly thrilled me.  -WS

(Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft (1,917 m). It is famous for its dangerously erratic weather, and long held the record for the highest wind gust directly measured at the Earth's surface, 231 mph (372 km/h) on the afternoon of April 12, 1934.