About once each year, they can count on cars to slow down while driving past their home on what is commonly called "death curve."
Kevin and Teri Collins, who live in the 9000 block of Old National Pike, said for 19 years they have watched a procession of horses, mules and wagons make its way to Boonsboro. They sat in lawn chairs Sunday afternoon with a video camera fixed on nearly 60 horses and 22 wagons.
"It's peaceful," Kevin Collins said. "It's the only time the cars don't go ripping by."
Cars driving east on Alternate U.S. 40 slowed to about 10 mph while passing the line of horses and wagons.
The group of 100 riders were part of the 19th annual National Pike Festival and Wagon Train. Washington County is the only Maryland county to celebrate the 300-mile route with an authentic wagon train and other activities, according to event coordinator Laura Bowman. She is president of the James Shaull Wagon Train Foundation Inc., which sponsors the event.