Being a compendium of thoughts as we drive and drive and....
The First Day
It was cold and grey as we left Cambridge and it only got worse - raining in Connecticut and New York. Luckily, by the time we got to Maryland, there was no rain and it had cleared a bit.
Our first stop was Harold’s Deli in Edison, NJ - home of the world’s largest pickle bar and huge sandwiches. The picture is of a “junior” size. The pickle bar lived up to its billing and the sandwich was enough for two meals.
Sound for the start of the trip was “The Worst Voyage in the World”, the story of Scott’s ill fated trip to Antarctica, told by one of the survivors. Perhaps not the best choice, so in New Jersey, we switched to Springsteen for the rest of the day.
Drove to Laura’s brother Steve’s house in Bethesda, where two enthused and affectionate dogs awaited us.
Tomorrow cherry blossoms, brunch, Charlottesville!
3/26/2023 07:39:02 am
Is that the Apsley Cherry-Garrard book? It's an excellent book about an amazing journey (NOT the one to the Pole) but it might not be an idea road trip choice, especially when you have a new National Medal of Arts awardee available!
3/26/2023 02:59:42 pm
Yes, that is the author and the book is about the Terra Nova journey on which Scott died returning from the pole.
3/26/2023 03:28:37 pm
If you want to go with polar exploration, I suggest either Endurance (Alfred Lansing) or In the Kingdom of the Ice (Hampton Sides). Neither end well, but both have people with amazing fortitude to get to their destinations (and they didn't quite know where they were going either....)
3/28/2023 12:05:29 pm
Apsley Cherry-Garrard's book (I think there's only one) was written up years ago in the NYR as one of the great prose masterpieces of the 20th Century. I don't disagree. Endurance is a very good book, one I've read more times than I'd like to confess to, but it's not in the same class as The Worst Journey in the World. Maybe not the best audio book for a road trip, but I think you'll find it gripping if you keep going. It's odd what books work on tape. My whole family was enthralled by Brideshead Revisited, and when we lent the tapes to some friends, they said they wouldn't get out of the car until a chapter was finished.
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