Eastern Road Trip 2010: Day Two

I have spent days driving. That’s what it seems like. Going back in time to keep these in order, and I will return and update with images when time allows..

Woke up at the Fireside B&B to a solid breakfast from our friendly host. It’s a very nice B&B in Lexington, MA outside Boston, a short drive from the Alewife station that brings you anywhere you want to go via the T. We packed up and hit the road running, off to conquer Cambridge, which we had sadly run out of time for in 2006. I continue to adore Boston, it’s everything a city should be and just full of character. Cambridge is different, a town built around the university it seems, and with lots of eclectic charm. I should note first, however, that I crossed off a life list item I didn’t anticipate I’d get the chance to.

Many years ago a coffee machine was created called the Clover. The Clover would offer a new way of single-cup brewing that made the best cup of coffee possible, and indy cafes were picking them up to further compete against the big guys with a better product. Which is about the time Starbucks swooped in and bought Clover, thus eliminating that as a chance. Now we fast forward many years later and select stores in the States have now received these machines where you can select from the best of the best in coffee and have a single cup brewed in sexy fashion. So, I enjoyed a cup of Kona and watched it made. It’s quite something to see.

Now, Cambridge:

  • Small town, walkable, easy to make your way through. Boston and the surrounding area are walking cities, it’s the best way to see them
  • Our second attempt to eat at Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage, again thwarted. Last time they want on vacation, this time closed Sundays. Argh.
  • The Harvard grounds are awesome to see, and I got my pic taken on the giant steps that look like they were in Ghostbusters. :)
  • I got my Yard Bird badge on foursquare. Most of you don’t care, but it was on the list. :)
  • Ate at Cambridge, 1. Pizza was alright. We seem to be having an issue with good service on this trip.
  • Don’t ever drive in the Boston area. You’ve been warned.

So as part of the fun of seeing Cambridge we, of course, got a late start for Portland, Maine. Mary wanted to see the beach so we diverted ourselves to the very nice Ogunquit Beach in Maine. Kind of wish we’d known about this sooner as it may have been a preferable place to stay the night, was really quite nice. But alas, after a little run through the water we were off. Got in to Portland late and secured my time with Josh Christie for our long-awaited beer trade. I’ll post more details of that later, they’re all still in the car and there was certainly some awesome and unfamiliar new names for me to enjoy later. On his and the AAA book’s reco we hit the Sebago Brewing Company where I enjoyed a blue cheese burger, their Lake Trout Stout, Fryes Leap IPA and Single Batch Series Dark Wheat Project. All were enjoyable in their own way.

And thus ended day two. Not as much driving as day one (or day three), but still a hectic pace that may plague us for the entire trip. 5,000 km in 10 days! Argh.

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