And the Survey Says . . .

While planning a trip during Thanksgiving week, I asked you to help me decide which route to take — the New Jersey shoreline or further inland. Well, it was a tie! So, I did both! I hit the road Tuesday at 8 a.m. with 13 stops on my list; I arrived at my final destination at 9 p.m. with most of the attractions crossed off. I couldn’t find one, one didn’t exist anymore, and I couldn’t see one because it got too dark. Still, not too bad for a roadie’s day’s work.big-tooth

Stay tuned for full details, which I hope to post in the next week. I’m still on the road and posting this from a family member’s computer. In the meantime, here’s something to tide you over — the World’s Largest Tooth in Hutchinsons Mill, NJ.


Help Me Plan the Next Trip!

I’ll be getting on the road again the week of Thanksgiving.  After visiting my son in New York City, I’ll be heading south to spend the holiday with my family near D.C.  I’ll have to go through New Jersey to get there, but there’s so much to see, I need your help.  Take the poll and let me know which route to take; details on the attractions can be found at

Motoring to the Motor City

I just returned from another road trip — this one a 36-hour roundtrip to Detroit.  I went for a dinner associated with a professional conference, but took advantage of the brief time I had to do some sightseeing.

World's Largest Tire

First stop was the World’s Largest Tire, located along I-94 in the Detroit suburb of Allen Park.  The giant Uniroyal 3D advertisement is 80 feet tall and weighs 12 tons.  This was actually the second time I had seen the tire, even though it was my first visit to Detroit.  The tire was originally a ferris wheel built for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, which I attended as a child.  Nearly 2 million people rode the gondolas that circled the tire, where the tread exists today.



Next was the Largest Stove in the World (my God, Detroit has it all!).  This giant 15-ton replica of an antique stove was created for the precursor of the World’s Fairs, the 1893 Columbian Exposition.  Built by the Michigan Stove Co., the restored stove now resides at the Michigan State Fairgrounds.



fist-fadeLast stop was downtown Detroit at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Woodward to see the giant fist of a world heavyweight champion, a monument dedicated to Detroit’s own Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber.  A pyramid structure suspends a bronze 24-foot-arm and fist 24-feet above the ground, weighing in at 8,000 pounds.  Striking!