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May 9, 2009: I had moved base camp from New Hampshire to Jack Johnston's home in Arlington. I spent a day re-grouping and re-organizing. I prepared a fresh supply of a runner's most-cherished possession: clean socks.

Today's goal was a simple one, to run the 10 miles from the northern end of the

Minuteman Bikeway

to within 1,000 feet of the final goal-the Hovhaness/Chakmakjian home on 5 Blossom Street in Arlington.

The weather was beautiful, bright, and sunny. No hobo-bags needed. Dressed in my running clothes, I blended in with bikers and other runners on the path. I was days ahead of myself, (my original plan had called for 10 miles a day but I had always exceeded this,) and could enjoy the Massachusetts countryside.

The Arlington town line announced itself all-too-soon. I stopped just short of the Blossom Street home. The final feet would be run four days later, to be coordinated with the ceremony and concert on the front lawn of the Hovhaness/Chakmakjian home.

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PHOTOS BELOW:

1: Historic Massachusetts towns. Signposts mark the route to Bedford, northern terminus of the Minuteman Bikeway.

2: Restored Bedford station and train car stand as nostalgic reminders to the time when rail service ran on the line between 1846 and 1981. The Minuteman Bikeway is part of a "rails-to-trails" program.

3, 4: The Minuteman Bikeway is shared pleasantly by both riders and runners.

5: The Arlington town line.









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