So, this is a little summary of today’s journey.
- 279.1 miles for this journey.
- 12 hours 2 minutes from leaving my garage to arriving back in my garage.
- 48 towns/cities traveled through. (may be more as I might not have recorded all the little towns correctly)
- Route numbers traveled: 117, 62, 20, 8, 9, 100, 112, 2, 2A, 70
- Prettiest road(s): MA and VT Route 8, Vermont 9, Vermont 100, MA 112
- 6 tea drinks (or ice cream) (forgot to take a picture of my DD ice tea!)
- 5 hotels visited: 1 not found, 2 were knocked down, 1 burnt down and 1 is still a functioning hotel!
- 1 cemetery: Was so thrilled to find this on Vermont 8 as my Grandfather had written about it in his letter from Wilmington Vermont: “Further along it is a climb again, but this time when you reach the top, you see a beautiful sleepy hollow, and right in the center, it appears, there are small white slabs, with a clump of young evergreen trees surrounding it and as you get into the valley you notice that the mountains are surrounding it, with the same array of magnificent coloring, well I stopped near this cemetery for about ten minutes and thought what a quiet and dreamy, but lonely spot, if not for the brilliant colors, if would appear totally barren and would give you the shudders. The name that I gave this place was “Sleepy Hollow” and it sure was a long sleep for those that had been buried there. All of the slabs were of the same height and that sort of was striking.”
The trip I did today was in the same direction that my Grandfather had done. On the way back, I went through Gardner and Fitchburg, but did not stop there today. But his trip was almost 3 weeks in length.
“Oh darling, it seems like ages and ages since I have last seen you, really and truly it is just as bad as it was up in Maine.”
What a wonderful day – such pretty scenery, cool places to explore, and another connection to my Grandfather. This indeed has been a great journey.