Sunday, February 9, 2014

That Day in '75: Snowshoeing the Minuteman National Park (2/9/14)

On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.
~ "Paul Revere's Ride," Longfellow

Trip: Battle Road and Fiske Hill Trails
Location: Minuteman National Park, Lexington, MA
Cycling Distance: 26.73 miles
Snowshoe Distance: 3.04 miles

There are a couple of times that I've written about the beautiful Battle Road Trail in Minuteman National Park.  Once was a trip in '08 with Felix and Caro. And once in doggerel borrowed from Longfellow.  But this time, I went in the snow.  The trail is not plowed so various skiiers, shoers and people walking in improper footwear still hike the trail.

Trail Map.
I would Hike from the Ebenezer Fisk House to the Paul Revere Capture Site and back

The Trail

Josiah Nelson is a virtually unknown first.  Around Midnight of April 18, he left his house to speak to some riders.  He asked them if they knew anything of the British advance.  Unfortunately for Nelson, they were British troops (the same who would capture Revere).  They hit Nelson and he would be the first casualty of the American Revolution.

On the Trail

Paul Revere Capture Site
Listen my children and you shall hear,
Of the midnight capture of Paul Revere
Hop House?  Yes please: IPA

Thorning Boulder.
Mr. Thorning, a local farmer, holed up behind this boulder and surprised a flanking column of Redcoats -
further slowing the Redcoat retreat from Concord.

Random Ancient Hydrant

I took the Fiske Hill Trail back to my bike

Canopy of the Fiske Hill Trail

12 Miles back to Boston -
it took me 15, since I stopped at Trader Joe's

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