Another Route

I SUGGEST THAT travelers who wish to explore U.S. Route 1 [Travel Q&A, July 4] go to their libraries and check out "U.S. One: From Maine to Florida," published in 1938 by the U.S. No. 1 Highway Association and written by the Federal Writers' Project of the Work Progress Administration.

While many of the historical sites referred to are long gone, the background information on each community that the route passes through is greatly informative.

Jerry A. McCoy

Silver Spring

Bats Amazing

I HAVE TWO brothers who live in Austin, Tex., and I have been to see the bats ["The Bats Under the Bridge," July 4]. It might interest you to know that I have found a bat colony here in Prince George's County.

At the intersection of Missouri Avenue and Brandywine Road, from the wide opening on the roof of Brandywine Elementary School, next to the basketball court, the bats begin their sundown flight. They seem to fly in a circular pattern around the opening from which they emerge.

Paula Rupert

Brandywine, Md.

Into Thin Air

I WAS STRUCK by an omission in an item about hiking the Grand Canyon ["Adventurama," June 27], because I had to abort a hike there myself about 20 years ago. I had planned to hike down to Phantom Ranch from the North Rim. At that time I was carrying out a regular exercise program: push-ups, pull-ups, leg lifts, sit-ups, running.

About 8 a.m. I started out from the top, carrying a light pack and water. I soon realized that even going down was mildly wearing and began to wonder about coming back up. After about four miles I decided to give up the enterprise and stopped. After resting a few hours, I started back up. Eventually I had to rest every 15 minutes or so. It took me about four hours to retrace those four miles.

When I described my experience to one of the waiters in the lodge dining room, he thought my trouble was caused by the altitude. He said it had taken him some days to get used to exercising there himself. The night before I had attended a lecture by park rangers for those intending to hike. They had no warning for people not used to exercising at 8,000 feet, the height above sea level at the North Rim.

Like the park rangers, your article made no mention of that vital factor. I hope this letter may prevent some future canyon visitor from repeating my unhappy experience.

Frank L. Evans

Alexandria

Trouble in the Bag

GREG BILLINGS is upset and correctly [Message Center, June 6] about individuals who take on three oversize bags. No less disturbing is the hubris of airline personnel who during a recent flight that my wife and I took refused to let us take on one bag each despite their fitting easily into the container used to limit the size of carry-on bags. The curt explanation was that no bag--no matter the size--with wheels was permissable. With a transfer at an intermediate stop we had to walk nearly a mile to recover our baggage and a half mile to our connecting flight.

No wonder passengers have a dim view of airline practices and personnel.

Nelson Marans

Silver Spring

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