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The Oracle of the Allagash: Darrell McBreiarty

Sept. 17, Allagash, Maine – As darkness fell across the Allagash on Wednesday, I was perched at the threshold of Maine’s North Woods. I had reached the end of the road, the public road, and had backtracked to the Little … Continue reading

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That Old Road Magic: South Burlington, Vermont

Sept. 10, South Burlington, Vt. – Out in the back streets and cul de sacs of America, the wayward traveler occasionally is overcome by a mysterious shaping of events and characters which I like to call road magic. It doesn’t … Continue reading

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The Bank of Colebrook, Connecticut

It’s 3:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 in Woonsocket, R.I. I came here because I couldn’t sleep and the Great God Google informed me the Planet Fitness here stays open all night, every night. It does not. Fortunately, the adjacent McDonald’s … Continue reading

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Stuck in Connecticut with the Massachusetts Blues Again

Sept. 26, Putnam, Conn. – This journey of the absurd has been spiraling down, down, down all week. An hour ago, at a travel center off Exit 71 on Interstate 84, somewhere in Connecticut, it nearly crashed. For 48 hours, … Continue reading

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Somewhere in Connecticut

Sept. 24, Winsted, Conn. – McDonald’s. Again. The coffee is cheap, the Internet free. (On the down, way, way deep-down, side, this particular Cafe of the Golden Arches has a plasma TV, which presently stares at me from its perch … Continue reading

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From Concord to Franklin to Tilton (New Hampshire), oh my

Sept. 21, Tilton, N.H. – At long last having escaped the clutches of Maine, which I must remind you is open for business, I squandered most of the day in New Hampshire. Which is where I am now. Once again … Continue reading

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Road snapshot: Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Sept. 20, Old Orchard Beach, Maine – I wanted to at least glimpse the ocean before abandoning Maine, and I chose Old Orchard Beach due to its reputation as an offseason ghost town. I thought I might like to see … Continue reading

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