SOUTHINGTON, Conn.--If you're going to hit 2,000 of miles of driving while traveling through the Northeast, I can think of a lot of places a lot more interesting than where I did.
Since starting Road Trip 2010 on June 23, I have indeed now driven 2,000 miles--it only seems longer, given how many times I've been stuck in horrid traffic on Interstate 95, including yet again on Wednesday--and I've gotten to see some pretty amazing things along the way.
But this town of about 40,000 people, just 20 miles southwest of Hartford, Conn., (according to Wikipedia) wasn't top of my list of places to hit a driving milestone. Not that I have anything against the town, but it didn't seem all that conducive to pulling off the highway and driving casually around.
I did see a sign for the Carousel Museum, and that sounded cool, but it was already evening by the time I hit town, and there was no way I was going to be able to find the museum. Besides, it's not even in Southington; it's in nearby Bristol. So pull over by the side of the road in a non-descript suburban neighborhood it was.
Still, 2,000 miles is nothing to sneeze at, and I have to say, I've done some pretty cool things since I hit 1,000 miles on the trip. Among those stops were: Seeing the re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg; visiting the Thomas Edison National Historic Park; getting a great up-close-and-personal tour of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia; going behind-the-scenes in the kitchen of Thomas Keller's Per Se restaurant in New York City; getting to see the secret train station--and a lot more--at Grand Central Terminal; and being privileged to get a personal tour to the edge of the known universe at the Hayden Planetarium, also in New York City.
And I'm already well into the next thousand miles, and when I hit that milestone, I'll definitely let you know where I've been and what I've seen.
For the next few weeks, Geek Gestalt will be on Road Trip 2010. After driving more than 18,000 miles in the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest and the Southeast over the last four years, I'll be looking for the best in technology, science, military, nature, aviation and more throughout the American northeast. If you have a suggestion for someplace to visit, drop me a line. In the meantime, you can follow my progress on Twitter @GreeterDan and @RoadTrip and find the project on Facebook. And you can also test your knowledge of the U.S. and try to win a prize in the Road Trip Picture of the Day challenge.