Saturday, June 11, 2022

Home from Maine 2022 Day 5 - Riding Around Boston

 We took another day off to explore Boston. Since Max is a rising Junior in high school, we decided to take a bike ride through the campuses of the various colleges in Boston. Debra did not want to miss out, so she rented a bike to come along.

I thought she would rent an e-bike or a scooter, but they don't really have those here in Boston. She wound up renting a bike share type bike, which was big and heavy and slow, but she was riding with no helmet while wearing flip-flops. It was fine.

We visited MIT, Harvard, Tufts, Boston U, and Northeastern. The total ride was 15 miles. This is a lot for Debra, I am very proud of her.

Here are some sights we saw during our bike ride.

This is the street corner across from our sad AirBnB dungeon in Back Bay. This is a very scenic and convenient neighborhood, which is probably why they have dungeons for rent on AirBnB.

The First Church of Christ, Scientist. 

Max and I ride past the Christian Science Reading Room on Cathedral Street in Baltimore all the time.

Now that's what I call a slate roof! Memorial Hall, Harvard.

Our lunch spot, Mike's, at Davis Square.

Look how well Debra is holding up.

And last of all, this thing.

Max and I made much fun of this building. This is the Boston University Center for Computing and Data Sciences. It's still under construction. We had this vision of a discussion among the people in charge of BU that probably went something like this:

"There's no way we can compete with Harvard for beautiful, historic buildings."
"No, we can't there's just no way."
"We shouldn't even try."
"Let's not even try. Let's go all in on postmodern architecture."
"We can be memorable in our own way."

And potential future students and their parents make fun of them now.

The other highlight of the day is Debra and I went out for pho for dinner. Max wanted no part of this, he stayed home and made himself pasta in the dungeon.

I have a major life goal of eating pho in each of the 50 states. Today I added Massachusetts to the list.

Here is the Strava track for our ride around Boston colleges.

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