Our Unique Boston Cycling Experience with Urban AdvenTours

After Soldier Ride Tampa, I attended a three day physical health and wellness expo with Wounded Warrior Project in Massachusetts. On the second day we went for a bicycle ride with Urban AdvenTours in Boston. After just returning home from a cycle ride, I was excited that we were going for another one. I fell in love with cycling and was looking forward to this unique cycling experience in Boston. Growing up in New England, I had been to the City of Boston numerous times in my life but had never quite experienced it the way I did on a bicycle. We did a ten mile loop and the experience would prove to be one of the most valuable in my life. Usually, we are so stressed out in Boston traffic that we simply go from point A to point B just to get there. This cycle ride was a chance to see Boston from a whole new perspective and I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity.

The tour guides at Urban AdvenTours were superb. We cycled together and worked as a team. We were instructed to give hand signals to assist our fellow riders and the tour guides flanked us on all sides to ensure that we were safe. Most of the ride was on bike trails but we did do some cycling with some downtown Boston traffic. It was a cold day but the cycling kept us warm. We made a few stops along the way to check out some of the key landmarks in the city to include Fenway Park, Museum of Fine Arts, Copley Square, and the Boston Common. The tour guides mentioned to us that we worked well together as a team and this didn’t surprise me a bit considering we are all veterans who came from team building backgrounds in the military. It made me appreciate my ability to work well in a teamwork environment. It was another reminder of some of the strengths we have after serving in the US military.

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Women veterans gearing up for the 10 mile cycle ride in Boston with Urban AdvenTours.
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Our first stop was the harbor where the Charles River and Mystic River dumps into the Atlantic Ocean. The tour guides showed us the USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard in addition to other points of interest in that area.
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One of our next stops was at the TD Garden Center near the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. We had driven over this bridge countless times before to get to Boston but I never had the opportunity to stop, look, and admire it from a cyclist’s perspective.
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A good majority of our bike ride went along the Charles River in Boston. Most of the bike trails were located in the city parks. Boston has some really nice green space for all to enjoy.
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Our WWP physical health and wellness team and our Urban AdvenTours guides at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
One of our last stops was at Copley Square where the Boston Marathon ends. We learned about the historical landmarks and were shown where the Boston Marathon bombings took place on Boylston Street in 2013.
Our last stop was at the famous Boston Common. I was impressed with how much green space was in Boston. I was inspired to come back and do this again with others I know would appreciate a tour of Boston on bicycle.
In our efforts to stay healthy, we track our fitness adventures on Strava. This was the route we did with the Urban AdvenTours group. It was an amazing cycle ride, one that I look forward to doing again in the future.

Once again, thank you Wounded Warrior Project for inspiring me to learn new ways to stay fit and have fun while doing it. My husband and I are going to bring our bicycles on our next vacation so we can incorporate fitness into our tourist activities. We usually do a lot of walking when we travel but cycling will help us see so much more in a shorter amount of time.

Soldier Ride Tampa Inspired Me to Start Cycling for Physical & Mental Health

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