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a trip: mtns.boston.cooper

Aug 8, 2019

On July 2rd, we left Tallahassee in a rented van and drove to Boston, Ma – 1,400 miles in 2 days.  In the middle of “day 2” we took our bikes on a ride through Washington DC.

We stayed in a hotel in Connecticut the 2nd night.  Woke up the morning of the 4th and drove to meet friends for a memorial ride for our recently-passed compadre, Chris Cooper…  We placed his ashes in a hole in the ground in a nice wooded area on a hill beside a creek.  Chris is happy there I think, there are blueberries growing all around over him. Also got a chance to see my most long-lasting friend in Boston, Scott Chamberlain.  He organized the memorial, complete with an outdoor breakfast along the Charles River in South Natick under the pines by the dam.

Then we drove into Boston to see the fireworks.  We stayed the night in the Back Bay right off Commonwealth Ave, 3 blocks from the Hatch Shell where the Boston Symphony plays for the festivities along the Charles River.  We walked out of our apartment just before the fireworks into a crowd of more than 500,000 people!  It was an amazing experience.

The rest of the 4th, we drove west across Massachusetts, stopping in Northhampton for pizza.  We then drove late into the night stopping in Connecticut yet again at a hotel.

The next morning we drove south through Virginia, then we detoured along Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park.  We made dinner and spent the night in a nice campground there.

The next day was kind of a blur – through the heat of July back into the deep south.

A good time was had by all.