Getting to Boston 2014

by Joanne on April 19, 2014

The morning started with quite a to do.  What was supposed to be a nice walk to a park with the dogs for Frisbee play ended in Zoey getting covered in burdocks.  That turned an intended quiet morning into one of a hustle and bustle and doggy bathing. 

Twenty minutes on the road to Boston I declared my phone charger was at home.  Bought one at a rest stop which was for the iPhone 5 …wrong model, but it seemed to work.

3 1/2 hours later we were in Hopkinton.   We have always exited the Mass Pike for Hopkinton so we can travel the course.  Like previous years, it took us a while to navigate the lights and traffic.

The Staring Line

starting line

Along the way


Finally getting to about the 11 mile point where our favorite lunch stop sits.

So not a bad ride, uneventful after leaving home… until…

We stopped at Dunkin Donuts for coffee.  This was very unwise:  lots of water, wine/beer, plus 16 oz coffee…what were we THINKING?!

By the time we hit downtown Boston, my bladder couldn’t take any more.  I leaped out of the car at Faneuil Hall market place to find a bathroom.  Ted had to keep driving.  This caused a bit of a hiccup in the plans but we finally found each other after about 20 minutes.

We are staying at the Omni Parker House, a historic hotel. 


Now when you see “historic” that should clue most folks in on the fact that everything is SMALL.  Were people smaller years ago?   Parking was impossible and we were forced to use valet.  We have an extremely small room with two small double beds.  The bathroom is airplane size but with a tub (try to picture that). However, it is a clean, nice hotel and the location is perfect to get to Boston Commons for the bus Monday morning.

Dinner was so good!  We enjoyed an Italian feast at Maggiano’s Little Italy.


Two fresh crisp salads served with warm bread.  Ted enjoyed chicken parmesan. I enjoyed a linguine de mare.  Just a perfect meal and so reasonably priced. 

Tomorrow:  the expo. 

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