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    Evacuation Day...

    In March of 1776, the American colonists were struggling in their war of independence against the British. Boston Harbor was entirely overrun by the powerful British Navy, who had ammunition enough to raze the entire city.

    At the suggestion of Henry Knox, a long-time supporter of American independence and one of the early volunteers at the Battle of Bunker Hill, George Washington dispatched a small mission, led by Knox, to Fort Ticonderoga in New York State to retrieve some of the British canons won in the battle of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. The Ticonderoga canons were then dragged by horse and oxen some 300 miles in February snow (and I imagine they were not using main roadways either) to Boston. Upon their arrival in Boston in March, 1776, the canons were perched atop Dorchester Heights late at night and aimed at the sleeping British fleet. The British Fleet were forced to evacuate Boston Harbor for good. Today, Evacuation Day is celebrated on March 17th in Boston and Cambridge.

    On March 18th and 19th, I celebrated my own evacuation day and liberated my motorcycle from my basement!:




    Unfortunately, I had some problems trying to navigate it out the door and into the yard:



    By the time I finally got the bike picked up, it was too dark and cold to ride. I put my bike in the garage and planned on waking up early the next day.

    I live on the South Shore of Massachusetts and right near the water; as I type this, I can see Boston Harbor and the Boston Skyline off to the North. Some of my favorite local roads go by lovely water views of the Harbor and Massachusetts Bay. Since I've been away for a while, I wanted to revisit these spots and smell the salt air.

    First stop was in Scituate, on a small residential road that has this one view of the open water that I just die for:







    Further south, I found a new spot that I'd never seen. This is a boat-loading ramp in Humarock, at the Yacht Club there:



    I went a little further south, and then came back through Hull. I saw this dead seal on a beach:


    One of my favorite local waterfront spots is on Hull Gut, across from Peddocks Island, near the mouth of Boston Harbor. I can actually see this point of land from my house across the harbor, but I like to ride out there now and again and check out the windmill:


    and Peddocks Island:


    The water and wind moves pretty fast through here, so I wouldn't recommend swimming, especially because it's damn cold right now:


    However, the view to Boston is pretty swell:


    But the view to Boston is even better a little further down the road:


    Here's Boston Lighthouse, the last remaining manned lighthouse in the U.S. It was damaged during the war against Britain, and then rebuilt in 1783.



    At this point, my fingers were starting to get cold, and a police officer kept cruising by me as I was taking pictures, so I figured it was time to head home. I made one last stop at the bottom of the hill I live on to take a shot looking back at Hull and Boston. My right mirror is pointing to Peddocks Island and you can see Boston above my windshield:


    Yeah, I'm sad not to be in Berlin anymore, but it's not too bad coming home either.
    Chace
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    Great post Chace! looks like you may have a bit of arthritis in that one finger.
    Heated grips may help with that.
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    Heh, yeah, arthritis, that's it. It's tough getting old.
    Chace
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    You going to come to the Solstace ride? Love to have you here.
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    At this point, I'm planning on playing in some dirt in Maine that weekend. However, I will be in Ohio in July for a George Thorogood concert!
    Chace
    "The immortals are gone. Now we are the immortals."
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    Welcome to riding again. Sorry to hear about the drop. No damage?
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    it was nice to see that bike upright today!


    helmet is totally as ridic in real life as it is in the photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradfordBenn
    Welcome to riding again. Sorry to hear about the drop. No damage?
    Scraped up bag-mounts and a broken turn signal (still blinks, but the plastic arm is broken; new one on the way). I got the bike out and on the street within one week of getting home! Not bad!
    Chace
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    Thanks for taking us along!!
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    Great post and neat pictures. Enjoyed it all. I grew up in the area, but don't remember Evacuation Day at all! However, I do remember the re-enactment of Paul Revere's ride through Cambridge to Lexington and Concord on April 19th each year, along with the parades. Neat fun. Wonder if they still do that.

    Thanks for the neat post.
    Dan

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    Nice

    Nice pics. I have a cousin who lives in Hull. She doesn't ride but I had my bike out there 2 years ago. The riding arond Hull and Nantasket was fun.

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    great pics, great report.

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    That looks great Chace. I can't wait to get back out east again this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chacifer


    ok.... ya gotta tell us what that sign means.

    great report.

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    Thumbs up

    Hey chace,good on ya for riding inthe cold and posting the pictures of your land,so far away from mine.Never been to the east Coast...someday...

    Why were you concerned about the police giving you the eyeball?
    Sometimes,nothing is a real cool hand.

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