As many of you have experienced, driving Interstate 95 through the state of Connecticut is a modern-day form of automotive Continue Reading
Circling Charlottesville: A Mercedes Tour of Central Virginia
After a long drive through rural Virginia, I found myself stepping into a place that I knew well—but which didn’t really exist. It was a fascinating juxtaposition, but (as usual) I’ve gotten way ahead of myself.
Spring is a perfect time for touring, and Virginia is a great place to tour. Moreover, a Mercedes-Benz SL550 provides an exciting way to move from one interesting site to another. May 28-29 found me driving a large circle around Charlottesville in search of history, scenery, and great driving roads.
They Say “War is Hell” for a Reason: A Tour of Fredericksburg, Virginia
Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman is best known for his brilliant military strategies and his infamous “March to the Sea” during the Civil War. He also coined the phrase “War is Hell”—and he certainly knew what he was talking Continue Reading
The Rise and Fall of Newburgh, New York
No one in their right mind from the Baltimore area up to Cape Cod. Slogging up the New Jersey Turnpike, laboring through or around New York City, and then potholing your way across Connecticut is nobody’s idea of fun. But Continue Reading
Cruisin’ Delaware Part II: I Find Mansions Aplenty—and Jump Over Pennsylvania
After my initial outing to Delaware in search of history and scenery, I was pumped to return and complete my route. And I was hoping to jump on foot from Maryland, across Pennsylvania, and into Delaware. I’ve been to known to exaggerate on occasion, but this is not one of those times. Read on!
Cruisin’ Delaware Part I: The Usual Train Wrecks, Smugglers, and Murderkill
So what could be better than hopping into an outstanding car and driving in search of scenic beauty, history, and fascinating (and often true) stories? How about old mansions (abandoned and not), or a place called the “Midnight Thicket,” or the woman who helped the greatest abolitionist of all time? It was all there, just waiting for me.
Frozen Mountain Fun in Maryland and Pennsylvania
My 2021 New Year’s resolution was to make more driving tours this year. Accordingly, I set off on January 23 Continue Reading
A Mercedes in Search of Fall Colors
Having purchased a new Mercedes-Benz SL550 in September, it seemed fitting to use it to seek out Fall Colors in Pennsylvania and Maryland. From Gettysburg to Boonesboro, I found a lot of them—and also a generous helping of interesting history along the way.