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Our Rust Belt honeymoon road trip was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic

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The original plan was a drive through the Rust Belt. It turns out that New York City without tourists is even better.


12 Jul 2020
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Our Rust Belt honeymoon road trip was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic

McSorley’s Old Ale House in the East Village, open since 1854, in New York on June 10, 2020. Picture: Jose A Alvarado Jr / The New York Times

We called it the Rust Belt honeymoon road trip. The hope was that the humour of the name would blunt the incomprehension of our plans. That never worked. People didn’t even pretend to understand what we were talking about. Who would spend their honeymoon in Pittsburgh? Or Cleveland or Detroit? Who would use their honeymoon to visit all of them in succession? The only one who got it was the grown son of my new wife, Mary Kate. He worked as a mover and had visited some of the cities. “I like that,” he said. “That’s cool.” Those places do...

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