Tarmac ribbons criss-crossing the landscape, dusty back roads twisting between the cool shadows of ancient pines, and less traveled pathways connecting present to past, all I wander, seeking, seeing, with my keyboard and camera capturing scenes and stories to share with you.

Now in its seventh year, this venue has become an important part of my life, a place where I can express my thoughts and feelings about the things I see and do, hoping the process brings me a bit closer to friends and family who enjoy sharing my sometimes chaotic and often nonlinear observations and ideas. A journal, I suppose, but one with which I find pleasure in thinking others are alongside me on my journey.

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June 1, 2016


... normally, when i drive home from mike and beth's house in rhode island the trip takes me between 3-1/2 (flying) and 5 (lollygagging) hours ... the full directions for the route would be:

... take station street
to hunters' crossing
to 116n
to 14e
to 295n
to 95n
get off at the first waterville exit ...

... today my self-made "trip tick" looked like this ...

... reads upper-right to lower-right to upper-left to lower-left ... (yes, for those of you who are geographically observant, after 202 i completed the final 20 miles from memory) ... is one tiny mistake, but that ended up affording me a casual exploration of the scenic countryside near "shot-heard-'round-the-world" concord ... 

... mike and beth's house to my place, no interstates, divided highways, or tolls ... !!! ... and, yes, it took a tad bit longer than usual ... left at nine o'clock this morning, arrived here at about 8:15pm, just as the daylight was fading from the sky ... interesting, how the math works, since the total distance i drove today was only about 15% more than the "fast route" ...

... a wonderful visit, beth helped me figure how to make ma's famous fish cakes, mike and i had a nice little wanderabout all our own, and, tired as i am, i enjoyed a great ride home ...