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Tour de Donuts

Yesterday, my wife and I participated in the Tour de Donuts in the Boston area. The event was held in memory of Rick Archer, who lost his life in a cycling accident involving an automobile this spring. The idea was to teach people about safe cycling, raising money to help advocate for cycling safety, having fun, and…eating donuts.

The group of sixty riders met at Bloc Café in Somerville. We started by eating some Union Square Doughnut donut holes while listening to a cycling safety lecture. There was another talk at a local cycle shop a few blocks away. Much of the talk was on how to use bike lanes and interact with cars/drivers in urban traffic.

Then, we headed out around the MIT campus in Cambridge and over the bridge to Boston. We visited the Back Bay, SOWA and Downtown Crossing areas of Boston. There were more stops to eat donuts at both Blackbird Donuts’ stand at the SOWA market and mini-donuts at Red Apple Farm. All of the city riding gave us the opportunity to practice what we’d learned. Our group had some very experienced riders who helped us with managing in traffic.

It was a blast riding through places we typically only stroll. The ride ended at a local brewery where we shared a drink and a few laughs. My wife and I really hope they do this again next year. We also learned about other venues for finding about cycling outings in the city.

Here is video of our ride through Downtown Crossing:

Salem Street


While all the tourists love Hanover Street in Boston’s North End, I recently discovered Salem Street, just one block over. It has it’s share of restaurants and bakeries, perhaps a bit smaller but without the crowds. If the line at Mike’s Pastry is enormous, cut over to Bova’s…the cannoli is just as wonderful. A Boston TV show, just featured Polcari’s as one of the more unique stores in the city. You can get both a haircut and a tattoo while sipping coffee at Boston Barber Co. So, park your bike and check out Salem Street.

Le Plateau Montreal

The Watchful Eyes

On previous trips to Montreal, we’d always spent our time downtown or perhaps up on Mount Royal or along the canal path. Planning for our recent visit, I was reading about some of the neighborhoods in other parts of Montreal. The Plateau neighborhood seemed particularly intriguing being described by Wikipedia as “characterized by brightly coloured houses, cafés, book shops, and a laissez-faire attitude.” We were also given to understand that there is some amazing murals and other wall art. Off we went on a rainy Friday morning to explore.

Town Houses

Mustard Colored Door

Chez Jose

Cycling in the Rain

Row Houses

Blue Door and Chair

Window Box