What is Patriot's Day?

For the past several years, I have bicycled from The Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts to Boston around Patriot’s Day. I started to ride in order to explore the “shot heard ‘round the world” and experience the trail of the British march on Concord and subsequent retreat to the city. But for those hours in between the steady stomp of boots, we heard the first labor pains of this great nation.

And this is Patriot’s Day in its simplest form. A day to remember the moment when passions rose in the hearts of the colony enough to turn countrymen against countrymen. A moment when blood flowed on the Old North Bridge. A time that forged a new direction of independence in this country.

And that is why I ride. I ride to remember. I ride to celebrate. I ride to reflect on the sweet and great freedom I enjoy. I ride from the Old North Bridge to Boston and back. I stop for breakfast and lunch and snacks and libations. I enjoy the transition from farmland to freeway thinking of the infinite amount of courage that met on that bridge well over two hundred years ago. Reach out for the details to ride along.