From Home to Mr. Peabody

March 15, 2016 22:31 – 22:31

I’m at the Springhill Suites on US 1 in Peabody. I’ve been here many times before. The internet speed seems to be one-size-fits-all. They don’t offer the option to pay to buy higher speed. The speed is pretty feeble, so I guess it’s a good thing I don’t have pictures to upload.

I decided to take a chance on coming through NYC this time, rather than taking the Garden State Parkway and the Tappan Zee Bridge. At one point, I had three different GPS navigation devices going. When they differed about traffic avoidance, I let two outvote the other one. When each said something different… I flipped an imaginary coin. All in all, given that the GSP seemed to have some issues, I think I probably shaved about 30 minutes off the trip, had I gone the other way.

I left home at about 7:35 and pulled in to the hotel just before 4:30—just under 9 hours, with three brief stops.

On I-90 heading from the west, I began to notice Mass State Police SUVs passing at about 85 mph—sometimes just one, but other times in groups of 4 or 5. No flashing lights—just speeding cops. After I noticed them and started to count, I counted 20 before I stopped. I’m guessing I was passed by at least twice that many. Never did find out what was happening.

After getting in, I drove down to Andover Newton Theological Seminary to pick up my daughter-in-law, Liz, for dinner. Our usual place for dinner in Newton is Coconut Café, which is a Thai restaurant. I had spicy chicken soup—which tasted good, but the chicken was too chewy. Next time, I’ll try it with shrimp, beef, or tofu. For an entrée, I had pad Thai with shrimp. It was quite good.

For the trip from Virginia, the car averaged 42 mpg—not bad considering that there was a bit of stop & go traffic through the DC and NYC areas. Driving to dinner in Boston’s rush hour traffic, however, knocked it down to 41.3.

Tomorrow, I’m having lunch with 2/3 of the board for the Katie Tyson Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Then, I’ll drop by to meet with somebody about possibly providing music from time to time at the midday Tuesday chapel services at the UUA. Tomorrow night, I’ll be going to Sanctuary Boston. I’ll have to figure out some place good to hike before and after.

On Thursday, I hit the road for Syracuse, via the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, in Sudbury, MA. Great Meadows NWR is also nearby—I might check it out, as well. Afterward, I’ll hit the road for Syracuse, where I plan to spend Thursday night.

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