On the Road Again

IN MIKE Tidwell's article on the National Road ["Country Road," June 6], he remarked that Searight's "The Old Pike" was the best book on the National Road, but that it is no longer available. I am writing to let you, and faithful Travel section readers, know that the book is available. Our company, Heritage Books Inc., sells paperback reprints for $29 each, plus shipping and handling. Call 301-390-7709 or 1-800-398-7709 and ask for item number S106.

Tom Worthington

Heritage Books Inc.


I WAS surprised that you did not mention the classic 1953 work "U.S. 40," by George R. Stewart, and its successor, "U.S. 40 Today: 30 Years of Landscape Change in America," by Geraldine and Thomas Vale. They contain interesting information about the history and geology of the road and its surrounding countryside, tracing it from its Maryland origins all the way across the country.

William O. Craig


Race This!

RANDALL Bloomquist's take on the phenomenon of NASCAR ["Give Grease a Chance," May 23] revealed a truth that is almost never stated: When the liberal elite get an up-close look at Middle America, they are repulsed. They condescendingly look down at the "great unwashed" with scorn and a sort of fascination at the foibles they would love to change. The "rednecks," "potbellies" and "good old boys" (and girls) are America, not you and your ilk.

I pray that the inside-the-Beltway gang with their regulations, legalisms and political correctness stays away from NASCAR. You've ruined everyting else in this country. In the name of God, leave us and our racecars alone.

Bayne Rector


95 and Counting

IN YOUR otherwise wonderful article about I-95 ["Do North," May 30], I have a few minor problems:

1) It is extremely easy to avoid paying the toll on I-95 in Delaware. The locals all know about this and you almost never see a Delaware tag crossing that toll barrier. Southbound, take Delaware exit 1B for 896 North. Take this to Delaware Highway 4 and turn left. Take that to Delaware highway 2 and turn left again. Then pick up I-95 south at Maryland Exit 109. Reverse this if the toll is in the other direction.

2) If you have qualms about the tolls at the George Washington Bridge, you should have them for the New Jersey Turnpike, too. The toll barriers were supposed to come down in 1979 when the turnpike construction bonds were paid off, but the highway has become too much of a political cash cow.

3) You forgot to mention the correct exit on I-295 in New Jersey for the Six Flags Factory Outlets. It is Exit 60 (I-195).

4) If you are going to see Pennsylvania, take I-95 on the southbound leg of your trip. The state of Delaware only collects a toll on the southbound leg of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. I-95 itself does not have any tolls on the Delaware River crossing.

Paul D. Motzenbecker Jr.

University Park, Md.

Altitude Sickness

IN THE June 13 Travel section, reader T.K. Coxe of Arlington asks, "What about altitude sickness?" In general, AMS (acute mountain sickness, or altitude sickness) is preventable. The steps are:

Do not drink at all--no alcohol--starting several days before ascending above 8,000 feet.

Do less than you think you can.

Sleep lower than you climb each day.

If your doctor will prescribe it, take Diamox (three pills a day starting two days before ascending above 8,000 feet). This medication has few side effects, but is available by prescription only.

My wife and I were in Tibet recently, ascending to altitudes over 17,500 feet. My wife is susceptible to AMS, but with this regimen she had only minor problems. One member of our group did not follow this regimen and had severe problems--she had to be flown out.

John C. Baker


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