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Old North Bridge


August 20, 2017 - I toured through Middlesex County early Sunday morning and I had the opportunity to visit the Minuteman statue without interference from many other tourists. A toddler or two whisked across Old North Bridge and past the monuments without reverence, stopping just long enough to disturb the ghosts of liberty before running on up the hill to the old manse. For a moment I was alone, or as near to alone as one can be in a venue of this nature. 

In my travels I have walked upon the first battlefields of colonial insurgency, stood beneath trees where some of the insurgents were subsequently hanged, and sat to overlook the monuments that honor and remember them all. Here at Concord is where history says it really began, at a short bridge over a small creek. 

The creek and the bridge, and all of the other places of combat are insignificant, they are just venues that can be represented anywhere by stage sets and movie scripts. It is the people that were here that create the moments of history that are unique, that are important to us. We cast their images in metal and etch their words and deeds into stone in the hopes that their efforts will last as long as the environment that is the battlefield. 

Homeless By Choice?

August 15, 2017 - The last real stop today was Bangor, Maine. I did manage another quick one a few miles north, but I had already shifted into "find a camping area" mode. My mind just wasn't into much else but finding quiet shelter and a night of sleep. A completely organized person would visit the last memorial well before dark and dedicate at least a couple of hours for searching and setting up. I'm not that disciplined. 

I figured there likely was a number of commercial campgrounds along US-2 as it wandered along the Penobscot River toward Lincoln. I was wrong. 

Is Moto-Touring A Haiku ?


Gold Hill, NC (August 5, 2017) -  I've been planning this New England loop for a while, and I'm excited about it. Although I have been in every state there, I have never had the opportunity to really explore and appreciate those historical venues that captured my imagination as a boy. 

WooHoo - Remission Continues !

{July 27, 2017) - It has been over 26 months since finishing the last round of radiation and chemo. Since then I have ridden up to VAMC Durham for monitoring CT scans and blood work every three months. The most recent round of tests and consults was completed Tuesday.

History or Racism ?

How Is Civil War "Put Into Context" ?

June 21, 2017 - Yesterday, by order of the Orlando City Council, the United Daughters of The Confederacy monument at Lake Eola Park was taken down. According to press reports, it will be reassembled at a later date in a local cemetery and a marker will be placed beside the monument to put it all in context.  

This monument was erected in 1911 by the Annie Coleman Chapter #225, United Daughters of The Confederacy. The majority of the monuments dedicated to the Confederate Soldier were erected between 1880 and 1920. The south was still struggling from the economic disaster that was the Civil War. But there was burgeoning hope and optimism that individual states of the South were regaining their prosperity. 

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