Originally Posted by Rick F.
I'm really glad you enjoyed the trip report! I hope your kids like it, too. (Maybe take them on a home-school field trip to Washington's Crossing sometime?)
I "found all that" on the first try with my new 335i, but I've been doing BMW tours since 2004, first with an F650CS motorcycle, then an R1200GS bike, and then a 2006 Z4 3.0i. Having a bike or a convertible helps you spot a lot more interesting things as you're driving along, as a result of the better field of vision.
I see you're from Burkittsville, MD. I grew up in Frederick and then Braddock Heights, and I motorcycled all around the Middletown Valley area as a teenager. I remember how excited I was to "discover" George Alfred Townsend's monument to war correspondents at Gapland.
On another occasion, I found the Reno Monument on South Mountain and rode up the narrow, winding road to the fire tower at Lamb's Knoll--and the secret government installation that, back then, was an ICBM missile launch site. I used that road as the setting for a fiction short story that I wrote for Road & Track
magazine, which later inspired Neil Peart to write "Red Barchetta" for Rush's Moving Pictures
album. (The whole story is available at The Drummer, the Private Eye, and Me
, in case you're interested in learning more.
Really enjoyed the post, Rick! But the Neil Peart story is simply AWESOME. My son's an avid drummer and huge Neil Peart fan. I just sent him a link to your 2007 "The Drummer, the Private Eye, and Me" post. Pretty cool that a "local" inspired my favorite Rush song.
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