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Boston Elites are Down to Ride with Urban AdvenTours



Twenty-five degree weather in the last week of March is no match for a group of eager Elites on a bright but super-cold Saturday morning in the land of Yelp Boston! Despite the pre-Spring chill, Elites gathered to meet the folks at Urban AdvenTours, a local, eco-friendly bike touring company that specializes in city-wide tours and rentals. 

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Bundled up and ready to ride, our tour guides, Chris, Baylor & Garrett lead the way, beginning with the historic North End. After stopping at the highest point in the neighborhood, we discovered the once-yearly mission of the USS Constitution and continued on to the learn the significance and history behind the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, The TD Garden and even (dare we say it) The Big Dig. Our ride then took us to Beacon Hill, passing by The State House (which houses a fish or two), through Louisburg Square (Oh hey, John Kerry!) and over to The Charles River, where we were exposed to the irony of Storrow Drive. 

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Pedaling down The Esplanade, wind in our face and nothing but blue sky above, we were lead to Boston University and then Fenway Park to crunch some numbers. Did you know that of the 2.7 million people in our city, 300,000 of them are college students? Or that Fenway Park seats 37,500 and sells 8,000 hot dogs at every game? After digesting those digits, we set down Park Drive and though the Back Bay Fens, stopping briefly to debrief on the largest art heist in American history, which took place at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum!

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Next stop? The Christian Science Center, not be confused with The Church of Scientology, modeled painstakingly after the great basilicas of Italy. After looping down into the South End, we headed toward Copley Square, one of the only actual 'squares' in the city, with a slowly sinking church and history of falling glass from the Hancock Building. But what ride would be complete without passing through Boston Common, a certified piece of publicly owned land for public use, including grazing animals. Our tour concluded with a brief visit to the birth site of Benjamin Franklin and a stop at the very edge of Long Wharf!

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From Boston-born folks to Jersey transplants and Somerville locals of 10-plus years, we all can say we learned some amazing local facts on this tour. The ones we mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg, so be sure to visit Urban AdvenTours for the full experience! A big thanks to our architecture-loving, smart-biking, super-friendly tour guides and all the people at Urban AdvenTours who made this morning possible! If you had a great time,  be sure to add your thoughts here and check out the photos here!

See, you learn something new every day. Or in this case, quite a few things!

Cheers,

Leighann F

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