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Boston roadmeet?
« on: October 20, 2016, 09:40:45 PM »

I decided to scrutinize this board if there was any interest in meets for the Boston area. I'm just wondering if meets are planned this year since I have a trip in the works to head up to Boston, because of family (long story short, my brother who is in his senior year of high school is applying for universities, and MIT is his first choice). I haven't found anything that mentions this, but it was a quick and dirty look. As far as I know, nothing has been planned.

If push comes to shove, I have some ideas of the meet:
-The black button copy "RIGHT TURN AHEAD" sign
-Remnants of US 1 going through Boston instead of I-93
-I-95 stub in Lynn
-"REVERSE THE CURSE" (not sure if it exists anymore)
-The "C1 C9" signs, haven't heard any recent news of it still up
-MDC idiotic signs

I'll let the locals here decide, but those are my 2 cents.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2016, 10:52:22 PM »

-"REVERSE THE CURSE" (not sure if it exists anymore)

Wait, this phrase does not just refer to the Red Sox between 1918 and 2004?
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2016, 11:40:55 PM »

Right Turn Ahead - Still there, to my knowledge
Remnants of US 1 - Drying up. Bob Malme would be the best source as to what's left.
I-95 in Lynn - A lot less there than there used to be. Still worth the trip, especially for the long grown-over segment northeast of the circle.
REVERSE THE CURSE - dead, dude. Long dead.
C1/C9... I think that one is actually still there, but the blue signs by the Commons are gone.
MDC signs: Always there, always idiotic.

Memorial Drive has a signal showing red ball and green arrow simultaneously - and green ball at the same time on the next signal... first light west of Mass Ave bridge.
Longfellow Bridge remains under perpetual construction and is worth a visit.
Storrow Drive is worth a drive, the last old-school freeway in the city.
There are trails along the Charles River under the Zake and the US 1/I-93 interchange, perfect for the meet photo.

Restaurants: Several could be recommended in Cambridge. I like the Central Square area, parking isn't too hard to find but you'll have to walk 2-4 blocks. Question is whether a restaurant there is willing to seat a reasonably sized party.

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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2016, 06:17:08 AM »

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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2016, 08:41:32 AM »

I'm definitely game for a Boston meet.  I haven't been up in that direction in too long, and I've always found it kind of weird how we've never had any meets in Massachusetts in the time that I've been coming.

Also, I believe that the Mass Pike is going AET, so that's a reason to head up that way, too.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2016, 09:11:05 AM »

If you decide to check out the Longfellow, here is a very belabored animation of the work going on there.


If it feels like the animation takes a really long time, it's just to give you a real sense of how the actual project feels as well.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2016, 12:58:45 PM »

I like the idea of a Boston meet; it's just a couple hours away, so it's an easy daytrip, and there are some interstates in MA that I could clinch on the way.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2016, 01:14:04 PM »

-"REVERSE THE CURSE" (not sure if it exists anymore)

I haven't lived in Massachusetts since early 2008, but I'm pretty sure the "REVERSE THE CURSE" sign on Storrow Drive was replaced with the original "REVERSE CURVE" (what does that even MEAN?) shortly after the Sox won the Series in '04.

I lived in MA from mid '00 to early '08 including the year I went to grad school in Boston proper.  It would be nice to go back; I miss it.  Also, I was a roadgeek back then but I was not part of this forum and didn't have many ways to connect with other roadgeeks.

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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2016, 02:05:23 PM »

-"REVERSE THE CURSE" (not sure if it exists anymore)

I haven't lived in Massachusetts since early 2008, but I'm pretty sure the "REVERSE THE CURSE" sign on Storrow Drive was replaced with the original "REVERSE CURVE" (what does that even MEAN?) shortly after the Sox won the Series in '04.
Yes, then Gov. Romney held a public event shortly after the 2004 World Series where the original sign was officially taken down and replaced.

There are a lot of roadgeek related sites in the area for a meet, though, probably much of it discussed here (Zakim Bridge and surrounding parks, old signage,  remnants of old US 1, etc.) would probably best be seen on foot, instead of by car. On street parking in the city is hard to come by, and off street is rather expensive plus the challenges of driving the local road system for the unfamiliar. There are small construction projects going on in the surrounding areas, plus the Longfellow Bridge and AET related toll plaza demolitions that will be going on through next year that could be checked on. A time in the spring, between Patriot's Day and Memorial Day, might be the best time for it.

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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2016, 04:03:58 PM »

I'm pretty sure there's been a Boston-area meet sometime in the past, although I'm not certain and it was back during a time when I basically only attended meets that were day trips. I'd be up to attending a Boston meet. All I need to clinch Massachusetts' interstates are the portions of I-90 and I-95 inside I-495, plus most of I-195.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2016, 04:12:58 PM »

-"REVERSE THE CURSE" (not sure if it exists anymore)

I haven't lived in Massachusetts since early 2008, but I'm pretty sure the "REVERSE THE CURSE" sign on Storrow Drive was replaced with the original "REVERSE CURVE" (what does that even MEAN?) shortly after the Sox won the Series in '04.

I lived in MA from mid '00 to early '08 including the year I went to grad school in Boston proper.  It would be nice to go back; I miss it.  Also, I was a roadgeek back then but I was not part of this forum and didn't have many ways to connect with other roadgeeks.
Reverse curve is basically like an S curve. You curve around in one direction, then in the other.

My ideas is to do the driving sections such as the Zakim Bridge and Lynn stub, then later on park the cars and use the T into the city, then walk around for the rest of the meet. The only problem with this is timing, because of traffic issues. Maybe turn this into a 2 day meet?
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2016, 04:39:27 PM »

All I need to clinch Massachusetts' interstates are the portions of I-90 and I-95 inside I-495, plus most of I-195.

Despite living in MA for 8 years, I still need I-195 from MA-140 to MA-25/I-495, a very small portion of I-91 (a single exit span between MA-116 and MA-2), all of I-391, and a small bit of I-291 from the Turnpike down to US-20.

Let's just say I never got to the Cape or to Western Mass very much.

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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2016, 07:22:29 PM »

All I need to clinch Massachusetts' interstates are the portions of I-90 and I-95 inside I-495, plus most of I-195.

Despite living in MA for 8 years, I still need I-195 from MA-140 to MA-25/I-495, a very small portion of I-91 (a single exit span between MA-116 and MA-2), all of I-391, and a small bit of I-291 from the Turnpike down to US-20.

Let's just say I never got to the Cape or to Western Mass very much.

I feel like we should get together and do a clinchathon after the meet.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2016, 08:32:43 PM »

I actually put together a road meet in Boston in 2005. If I had known then what I know now, I'd probably put in more written preparation for the meet, as it isn't the easiest place to drive around. I'm not volunteering to run a future Boston meet, but I've mulled the idea of hosting other meets near Boston over the years.

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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2016, 08:52:00 PM »

If someone wants to do a BAAAAAHSTON meet, I'd be game. A clinchathon would be great as well. I have nada south/southeast of Boston other than I-95.
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« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2016, 11:55:03 PM »

I have a lot of knowledge of routing and parking locations to maximize efficiency.
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« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2016, 08:08:04 AM »

All I need to clinch Massachusetts' interstates are the portions of I-90 and I-95 inside I-495, plus most of I-195.

Despite living in MA for 8 years, I still need I-195 from MA-140 to MA-25/I-495, a very small portion of I-91 (a single exit span between MA-116 and MA-2), all of I-391, and a small bit of I-291 from the Turnpike down to US-20.

Let's just say I never got to the Cape or to Western Mass very much.

I never considered it, but I guess I've been on every mile of Interstate in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.  Multiple times, in fact.  I guess the last part for me in Mass was 195 east of Fairhaven, only a couple of years ago. 

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« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2016, 09:52:33 AM »

I actually put together a road meet in Boston in 2005. If I had known then what I know now, I'd probably put in more written preparation for the meet, as it isn't the easiest place to drive around. I'm not volunteering to run a future Boston meet, but I've mulled the idea of hosting other meets near Boston over the years.

Yeah, I was still in high school back then, so it was before my time coming to meets.
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« Reply #18 on: October 22, 2016, 01:01:25 PM »

-"REVERSE THE CURSE" (not sure if it exists anymore)

I haven't lived in Massachusetts since early 2008, but I'm pretty sure the "REVERSE THE CURSE" sign on Storrow Drive was replaced with the original "REVERSE CURVE" (what does that even MEAN?) shortly after the Sox won the Series in '04.

I lived in MA from mid '00 to early '08 including the year I went to grad school in Boston proper.  It would be nice to go back; I miss it.  Also, I was a roadgeek back then but I was not part of this forum and didn't have many ways to connect with other roadgeeks.

It was "Reverse Curve" for many years.  Some folks in the early 2000s modified it, and continued to do so (some publicly declaring that they would continue to do so every time it was "cleaned") until 2004. 

Kind of silly, since there was no curse, just 86 years of failure.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2016, 10:35:52 PM »

-"REVERSE THE CURSE" (not sure if it exists anymore)

I haven't lived in Massachusetts since early 2008, but I'm pretty sure the "REVERSE THE CURSE" sign on Storrow Drive was replaced with the original "REVERSE CURVE" (what does that even MEAN?) shortly after the Sox won the Series in '04.

I lived in MA from mid '00 to early '08 including the year I went to grad school in Boston proper.  It would be nice to go back; I miss it.  Also, I was a roadgeek back then but I was not part of this forum and didn't have many ways to connect with other roadgeeks.

It was "Reverse Curve" for many years.  Some folks in the early 2000s modified it, and continued to do so (some publicly declaring that they would continue to do so every time it was "cleaned") until 2004. 

Kind of silly, since there was no curse, just 86 years of failure.
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« Reply #20 on: October 22, 2016, 10:44:06 PM »

Bucky Fucking Dent begs to differ.

FTFY. We're talking about Boston, have to use his local nickname.
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« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2016, 12:14:46 AM »

Bucky Dent begs to differ.

FTFY. We're talking about Boston, have to use his local nickname.
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« Reply #22 on: October 23, 2016, 10:38:35 PM »

-"REVERSE THE CURSE" (not sure if it exists anymore)

I haven't lived in Massachusetts since early 2008, but I'm pretty sure the "REVERSE THE CURSE" sign on Storrow Drive was replaced with the original "REVERSE CURVE" (what does that even MEAN?) shortly after the Sox won the Series in '04.

I lived in MA from mid '00 to early '08 including the year I went to grad school in Boston proper.  It would be nice to go back; I miss it.  Also, I was a roadgeek back then but I was not part of this forum and didn't have many ways to connect with other roadgeeks.

It was "Reverse Curve" for many years.  Some folks in the early 2000s modified it, and continued to do so (some publicly declaring that they would continue to do so every time it was "cleaned") until 2004. 

Kind of silly, since there was no curse, just 86 years of failure.
Bucky Dent begs to differ.

I would think that Mr. Dent of all people would not want to chalk that one up to some mystical mumbo-jumbo rather than a bona fide win.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #23 on: October 24, 2016, 09:18:13 AM »

Given that Boston's my old stomping grounds; I'm up for this met.

I haven't lived in Massachusetts since early 2008, but I'm pretty sure the "REVERSE THE CURSE" sign on Storrow Drive was replaced with the original "REVERSE CURVE" (what does that even MEAN?) shortly after the Sox won the Series in '04.
Simply put, a reverse curve is the latter part of an S curve.

Nonetheless, there is now no such sign present anymore.  April 2016 GSV of where the old structure-mounted REVERSE CURVE sign once stood; note the mounting brackets on the left
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #24 on: October 25, 2016, 07:59:21 AM »

If this meet is happening, then what is the timeframe?
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