In two days, I am supposedly starting work a third Boston bike tour. The problem is that I have no idea on what it should be.
I’m helping out Hub on Wheels with these so there are a few requirements. One, it needs to stay in Boston as much as possible, which means not crossing the river to Cambridge, unless it is to get to East Boston. Two, it should try to incorporate parts of the city tourists never see. Roxbury comes to mind. And three, well, there really isn’t much of a third thing. See, it’s pretty wide open.
Todd had plenty of ideas, my favorite being on great disasters of Boston such as the molasses flood and the Cocoanut Grove fire. Centering a ride around the recent book on the Peabody Sisters would be interesting, as well as getting my fascination with Brook Farm in focus. A recent reader is thinking about creating a route on radical history of Boston, which got me thinking again of a ride focusing on Utopias and Distopias: for example, Brook Farm and the Irish Mob, but then I am just starting to learn my Boston and community history.
Here a quick update on the other tours: The Jewish History ride work continues. We are now to the point where we need to conduct interviews and start thinking about a podcast. I am also thinking that we should tweak the Underground Railroad Bike Tour and also make a podcast for it. So of course, I am still taking ideas, interview leads or any tips for either of these projects.