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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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the Great American Road Trip immortalized in the writings of such authors as John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac, and Bill Bryson has been lived in full — and in fits and starts — by adventure seekers of all ages. There are many motivations for such cross-country journeys: self-discovery, cultural curiosity, geographic awakenings, running from people or problems (or both), and the proverbial bucket list. And there are almost as many ways to move from one point in the coun- try to the other: trains, planes, automobiles, feet, motorcycles, and bicycles. Three men — two from Wellesley, one from California, two related by birth, all related by the love of cycling — took such a trip in the summer of 2017. Beginning in Charlestown, Massachusetts, on July 31, the men cycled for 61 days, 3,500-plus miles, through America's heartland along Route 66. On September 29, they concluded their journey in Santa Monica, California. California native Earl Magpiong, age 80, had done three such trips and wanted to give it one more try. His son, Glen, at 57, had traveled this way before with his father and was eager to accompany him again. And W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 116

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