Road Trip 2020 Boston to Asheville

Since escaping Madrid in March we have been in lockdown in Boston, living above the Post Office on Charles Street from March 21 until July 1 when we moved back into our own home on Beacon Street.  In spite of being in lockdown we have stayed very busy as we are liquidating our entire estate in preparation for selling our home of 33 years and becoming truly homeless.  We have given away everything but essentials to friends, family and goodwill.  We had an initial offer on our home five days after listing of full price, cash, waive inspection and close in 30 days.  After this deal fell through due to internal condominium conflict we took our unit off of the market but another buyer requested to see it again and has offered to buy our place accepting the internal conflict and even better taking all of our furniture making for a much easier move.

We have also been meeting many friends in our front yard, Boston Public Garden, for socially distanced picnics.  We have spent more time in the Public Garden in the past five months than in the past 33 years. IMG_3918In addition to the above we have continued running every other day and have been touring our hometown on foot as we have every other city we visit.  We have logged over 185 miles walking with our neighbor Peggy Scott.  We should have continued our blogs but have been having problems editing our pictures.  Jim finally fixed the editing problem allowing us to resume these blogs.

Walking with Peggy, JFK library at Columbia Point.

In preparation for a road trip to visit three of our five kids and six of nine grandkids Sandy elected to alter our usual packing methods and purchased packing cubes which she absolutely loves.


While Jim prefers to put complete outfits in each cube.

We rented a car and filled up the trunk with stuff for Geoff and family in Marshall North Carolina and Matt and family in Denver and drove to Newport RI.  The first evening in Newport we had the privilege of taking a cruise around the Newport harbor on Kolika, Kiki McMahan’s boat.  Kiki is the mother of our son-in-law Rob McMahan.

Jim boarding Kolika
Kiki McMahan


The grey boat is the one that Steve Bannon was removed from at the time of his recent arrest.


Limitless is owned by Les Wexner of Limited Brands.
Beautiful night for a harbor cruise.

We spent two nights in Newport and planned on leaving at 8am on Thursday September 3 but we were both awake by 4am so we sneaked out at 6am without saying goodby.

Sneaking away before sunrise.

Newport to Georgetown is about a seven hour drive but we stop every hour for about 10 minutes extending the time to eight hours.  Jim is doing all of the driving and Sandy reads a book for both of our enjoyment.  We started Where the Crawdads Sing, a 2018 novel by Delia Owens.  It is about North Carolina which we feel is appropriate as that is our destination for this leg.  We arrived in Georgetown about 3pm with plans to explore our surroundings but the real feel temperature was 99º which was too hot for us to walk around.  We had an early dinner at Maitai, a Thai restaurant, where we shared a very delicious green Thai curry.  Returned to our AirBnb and watched Designated Survivor, a Netflix series that we are really enjoying.  Friday morning we are up early, planning on running but it was still too hot and humid.  Jim did a 2 mile walkabout returning with coffee.IMG_4012

A lone sculler on the Potomac at dawn.
The Georgetown canal.

We left Georgetown just after 8am heading for Hillsborough North Carolina to visit our dear friend Lucy Duffy who we have known for over 20 years.  Lucy lives in Brewster Massachusetts and we visited her there just two weeks ago.  We spent one of the best weekends of our life with Lucy and her family in Saint-Parize-le-Châtel France in the summer of 2017.  Lucy has been an inspiration to us ever since our first meeting.  She ran her last of many marathons at the age of 69 in 2002.  She then continued to compete in senior games and triathlons until the age of 85 and still continues to inspire us at the age of 87.

Meeting with Lucy at her home on August 22.

We had a pleasant drive from DC to North Carolina with Sandy continuing her reading.  The time flies by while reading and Jim does not get sleepy or bored with the driving.

Virginia welcome center. VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS. That is us.

We arrived in Hillsborough right on time at 1pm and met Lucy at a Carolina BBQ joint next door to her apartment.

Lucy arriving at the BBQ joint.

After lunch we drove around the small town of Hillsborough with Lucy and then stopped by to see her son Tim and his wife Denise at their non-profit studio Music Maker Relief Foundation. Their foundation was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time. 

Tim, Denise and Lucy at the entrance to their business.
Saying goodby to Lucy.

After our time with Lucy Jim drove an additional three hours while Sandy finished reading our first book which we both quite enjoyed.  We met son Geoffrey and two of his three daughters, Freya and Gaorii at Sunny Point Cafe in West Asheville.

Freya came racing out with big hugs for Grammy & Grampy
Definitely worth the 14 hour drive.

IMG_4017We arrived at our final destination about 9pm.  We are staying with Bob and Gail MacAlpine who are away for the long weekend so we have their huge estate to ourselves.

11 responses to “Road Trip 2020 Boston to Asheville”

  1. Hello Sandy and Jim!!!

    Yay! Back at the blog!! I really wish we could have crossed paths in NC. So close. Loved that you were able to see Lucy. How does she seem? The picture looked great but she keeps telling me how bad she is doing. I’m worried. I didn’t know she went to NC. I was supposed to visit her this spring and then Covid ended those plans.

    We bought a motorhome this summer and have been traveling around with the girls. After reading your blog I suggested to Josh that I read to him while he drives and he liked the idea . I will be in search of something now that interests us both.

    That is so very exciting to sell your home and move forward with your adventurous lifestyle! I love it! Keep going! Keep inspiring! Keep living your retirement dream!

    Love to you both and I hope our paths do cross again! Rebecca

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    1. So good to hear from you. Jim loved me reading to him during the trip it made the miles go by without being bored and kept him awake and stimulated. We also stopped ever 1-2 hours to get out and walk. I also fed him snacks and drinks to break up the boredom. We will give Lucy a call. She seemed fine when we visited although homesick but felt it was the right decision and she is happy to be around family who are taking good care of her. She has her own place a short walk away so she feels independent. She plans to come home in the spring. Enjoy you motor home travels. We will keep in touch. In two week we leave for Mexico to live for 3 months

  2. Kathleen von Pohle Avatar
    Kathleen von Pohle

    What a wonderful trip!
    Great to hear and see your adventures. Nothing like sharing time with your children and grand kiddos. So happy you are doing your hearts desire. Best times ever! Kathleen

  3. I really missed your blogs and so glad to wake up this morning to a new one! And a new buyer – that’s wonderful. You must be relieved. Have fun on your journey and I’ll look forward to the next leg of your trip!
    Many Hugs,

  4. Glad for you that you have another buyer. Sad for me😊. Glad the blogs are back!

  5. We are so glad you got out again! And so sorry we werent able to meet for dinner at Barlow’s. It would have been a fun evening to see you!

  6. Victoria S Kinnally Avatar
    Victoria S Kinnally

    I am a little sad that you are no longer anchored in Boston. I haven’t been into Boston for anything since Dec. 2019; but, it was nice to know you were there (when you were).
    I read Where the Crawdad Sings and loved it. Looking forward to what your next book will be. ?
    Enjoy your family and your travels. Stay safe.
    Until you blog again.

  7. On th road again!!! I so enjoy reading of your newest adventure and eagerly await your next post.
    Enjoy and stay safe😷😷
    Miss you 🥰🥰

  8. I so enjoy your blog’s.I feel I am traveling with you.thank you for sharing.!!

  9. I am so glad you are on the road again. I am again traveling vicariously through you. Nice to see your family too.

  10. Love the cubes too! That’s how I travel! Enjoy the journey it’s all about living the now!!!

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