Weekend Adventures

Yesterday, Becky and I visited [Gordon College](http://www.gordon.edu/)’s 2003 Homecoming. There were receptions for the various departments, so I went to the natural sciences reception, and Becky went to the social sciences reception. I got to see some of my [favorite professors](http://www.math-cs.gordon.edu/faculty.html), namely Dr. Senning and Professor Bjork. I also got to see and catch up with various classmates. I did take [some pictures](http://prwdot.org/gallery2/v/events/2003/gordon_homecoming_2003/) while we were there, but nothing spectacular.

Today, Becky and I took a rather more adventurous trip. Many times in the past, we have been driving around Massachusetts, and noticed that Route 62, which runs through Beverly, seems to pop up here and there in random places. We have discussed some day possibly taking a trip from one end of 62 to the other. Well, we decided that Sunday would be the time to do it! So we packed some lunches, and started at the Beverly end of Route 62, with no plan other than to follow Route 62 wherever it would lead us. In the end, it was a great time and a fun expedition. So here’s a quick synopsis of our trip:

[The Photo Gallery](http://prwdot.org/gallery2/v/travels/2003/route_62/)

Start Odometer: 182170
Start Time: 9:03 a.m.
Start Location: Lothrop St. and Route 62, Beverly, Massachusetts.

End Odometer: 182254
End Time: 11:52 a.m.
End Location: Route 62 and Route 32, Barre, Massachusetts.

Total Miles: 84
Elapsed Time: 2 hours, 49 minutes

Towns passed through, in order:
North Reading

Major highways intersected, in order:
Route 128 in Danvers
Interstate 93 in Wilmington
Route 3 in Bedford
Route 2 in Concord
Interstate 495 in Hudson

Most unusual sight:
A USPS delivery truck – on a Sunday!

Music listened to on the way:

Interesting Facts:
* Route 62 in reverse is ’26’. The exits for Route 62 on both Route 3 and Interstate 495 are numbered ’26’.
* The two towns at the ends of Route 62 are Beverly and Barre, both of which start with “B”
* If you add together 6 + 2, you get “8”, which looks sort of like a “B” (see the above fact)
* There are only three fast-food restaurants on the whole 84 miles of Route 62 – a McDonald’s in Beverly, and a McDonald’s and a Wendy’s in Maynard.
* Part of Route 62, in Bedford, runs along the Bedford Minutemen’s marching line, the historic path that the Minutemen took during the American Revolution.
* Route 62 crosses MBTA Commuter Rail lines many times, but only once does it come within clear view of an actual commuter rail station – in Wilmington.
* The roughest section of road on Route 62 is the stretch between Hubbardston and Barre. It is very uneven and bumpy. Most other sections are well-maintained.

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