Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
80Trip End Jun 26, 2012
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Two more boxes to tick and we can finally lie vertical for the first time in a day and a half.
First up: We head for carousel 2. 'Please GodI hope the baggage handlers had the common sense to realise our luggage was to go on 7.15 pm flight and not the 6.10 am one'. Whew! I am set. Bingo! there is Gail's.
Just the hire car to go. Now where are those 24 hour desks. I can't find the desks! Wait, there is a set of phones with "Rental Cars" written above them. That's mine! - Alamo. No one is answering! Try again. Not possible! What's that written on the wall: Courtesy bus stops at the Courtesy Bus Stop
Gail! - Lets go, out the front. Find the Courtesy bus. There's one - an Airport courtesy bus. He did not stop! Here comes another and it has Rental Cars written on it. Wave your arms! Stand in the middle of the road! Look! - he is stopping.
What a nice driver - he is carrying our bags onto the bus. (10 minutes later) he is insisting on carrying our bags into the Alamo office (methinks: How would he cope with more than 2 passengers?)
'I would have tipped you, but I have not had a chance to get some currency' (but thank you profusely)
No! I am happy with an Economy Class. No, I don't need the Full Tank option. No, I have my own GPS. (taken to carpark) Oh! you have no Economy Class and have to upgrade me? OK - I'll choose the Chevrolet Impala - like the one Ryan Gosling drove in the movie Drive, (but red - it goes faster!).
Look Gail! - my GPS works. Boston South is only 10 minutes from the Airport. We should be at the hotel by 12.45 am.
I can't help it if the road is closed. How would the GPS know that! I know that is where the Alamo office is! I am starting again. I am not going down there!! - That is where the Alamo Office is.
I don't care!! I just want to get out of this Airport precinct. OK, now the GPS should take us
Whew - let's go.
I don't know why the GPS is taking us through Downtown!! Why are all these crazy people staggering on the road? Why are they all dressed in Green?
Finally! Here is the hotel and it's only 2.00 am!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why are there all these drunk people dressed in green in the carpark?
Wide awake or not, Noisy revellers or not - I am not opening my eyes until the sun shines in the window.
So much for Barry's itinerary! We have missed the first 3 sights and we are still in bed! I am not driving dowtown anyhow because of that St Patrick's Day parade so let's just head for Concord after showering and breakfast
Concord MA - using GPS set to Scenic Route (no wonder it took over an hour to get the hotel last night!!)
We arrive at Monument Square - the center of the battle fought between the British troops and the colonists more than 200 years ago. After parking, we walk around the quaint and historic shops. It is unseasonally warm and having dressed in anticipation of a colder day, we elect to drive rather than walk the one mile or so to the Minute Man National Historical Park. This 990 acre park preserves the site and tells the story of a group of militia, ordinary citizens and Colonist farmers - known as Minute Men, all of whom confronted British troops who were patrolling the North Bridge. The Minute Men fought valiantly, driving 3 British companies of troops from the Bridge and chasing them back to Boston.
Also at the Park is The Old Manse - a parsonage by the North Bridge and built in 1770 by the grandfather of writer Ralph Waldo Emerson.
From there we drive on, meandering through manificent Worcester County countryside to arrive at the small largely wooded town of Harvard where it and the surrounds are renowned for its apple orchards and riding stables amidst rolling hills and numerous brooks
At 5.00 pm we are due to arrive at friends of Barry's (and now friends of ourselves) house in the town of Boxborough, county of Middlesex (adjacent to Worcester). Upon arrival at the designated time, we are warmly welcomed by Rich and Karyn who then informs us that Barry is on the telephone and wishes to enquire if we had arrived safely. (Thank goodness that GPS was working!)
After a magnificent Armenian meal (Karyn's heritage) and discussions from family to politics to travel, we bid our gracious hosts farewell and head back to Boston South along the George W Stanton Highway - Route 2.
Tomorrow is Martha's Vineyard.
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