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Offline Bravo_Alex

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Battle Road Ruck?
« on: December 07, 2020, 11:38:32 AM »
My wife (forum name: meippoliti) & I were thinking how cool it would be to do a Battle Road ruck. Something like the DIY rucks from earlier this spring by GoRuck  (https://blog.goruck.com/rucking-training/diy-star-courses-free-hit-lists-to-ruck-over-150-cities/). The Google tells me it's possible to walk from Concord to Boston...have any of you New Englanders done so? Is it possible/feasible to do it safely in about 12 miles?

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Re: Battle Road Ruck?
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2020, 06:02:40 PM »
Not sure about all the way back to Boston but there is a trail in minuteman national park thats around 4.6  miles
https://www.nps.gov/mima/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm

If there's not a full way back I imagine you could start in Boston and navigate side streets out to the park and then concord.

There's  a cool patch you can get for walking the battle road in the appleseed store

Also nice to meet another go ruck guy.

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Re: Battle Road Ruck?
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2020, 08:47:53 PM »
I used Google Maps to map out a walking route. The distance is 16.9 safe miles....about the same as in 1775. Time is 5 hrs 41 min. You could make a slight detour and go through Lexington by mapping it first. It does go through Arlington (Menotomy) and with a tour guide you could visit the historical sites.

see an attached map view and this URL
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Bunker+Hill+Monument,+Monument+Square,+Charlestown,+MA/Concord,+MA/@42.4148318,-71.2744768,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x89e370f20b0797ff:0xacaf173272ec0298!2m2!1d-71.0607764!2d42.3763541!1m5!1m1!1s0x89e39a4026a422f5:0x58ce779a2b78a490!2m2!1d-71.3489484!2d42.4603719!3e2

Here is a bus map to get you back to your auto
https://cdn.mbta.com/sites/default/files/2020-10/2020-10-09-system-map-brochure.pdf
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Re: Battle Road Ruck?
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2020, 10:10:33 AM »
Thanks for the info! The Battle Road patch is neat, but it would be very cool to have a standard 2x3 ruck patch specifically for walking parts of Battle Road with a weight in your pack ;)

Good to know the entire road could be rucked safely. I'm never sure how accurate Google is for humans...I've built several routes, and usually my experience is a real person has to modify the way Google suggests. I wonder how hard it would be to create 5K, 10K, and 12mi routes around Lexington & Concord?

I might reach out to some of the local rucking clubs around Boston to see if any of them are interested in creating such a route for a DIY Star. What would it take for me to reach out to GoRuck to see if they want to create an event in April commemorating Battle Road? Maybe a joint GoRuck/Appleseed Star Course? They have events in honor of many battles which are arguably far less consequential for our nation than 19 April!

KProctor, what other GoRuck events have you done? I've just done some Star courses, but interested in doing an Event if I went with people.

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Re: Battle Road Ruck?
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2020, 10:39:51 AM »
We could always shoot go ruck an email and see if they'd consider making it a star course with its own patch design. I've yet to get to do a Go ruck challenge with a group aswell .I wasn't able to find one with my travel schedule prior  and I mainly did the solo challenges that they were posting up last year. I do use my GR2 as my only pack though and it goes everywhere, heres a picture of it after backpacking through Europe in 2019. I'm hoping the restrictions go away at something so I can keep traveling with it.


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Re: Battle Road Ruck?
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2020, 12:00:49 PM »
I know that it's early days in planning this, but I would be interested in joining a Battle Road ruck in general - doing so with a group of fellow Appleseed volunteers would make it that much better!  O0
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Re: Battle Road Ruck?
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2020, 12:26:27 PM »
I opened the google maps in satellite and magnified the route; it appears that you can pick up the Battle Road Trail at Meriam’s Corner and use it to the trailhead near Massachusetts Ave in Lexington
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Re: Battle Road Ruck?
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2020, 07:24:45 PM »
I would also be interested in doing Battle Road with a group of Appleseeders.
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Re: Battle Road Ruck?
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2020, 10:37:32 AM »
This is awesome! I'll reach out to GoRuck to see if they want to include this as an event.

If not, though, I'm perfectly happy to travel to MA on my own to meet up with other ASers & ruck all/parts of Battle Road. meippoliti is also interested (less so in the rucking part, but, ya know...), so I'll probably bring the family along.

I'm thinking of 17-18 April. How would that be for folks?

I'll probably get the Battle Road patch for this. Is there a branding problem with creating a 2x3 Appleseed patch we can put on our rucks, for ASers to buy at cost or direct from the manufacturer? I don't know who at RWVA manages image use or the store.

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Re: Battle Road Ruck?
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2021, 11:51:20 PM »
Is this still in the works?