Thursday, April 27, 2017


A long day's driving from Washington DC with stops at the Padre Pio Foundation in Cromwell, Connecticut, and Mark Twain's House in Hartford, culminates with a visit to Jack Kerouac's gravesite in Lowell, Massachusetts, where he was born in 1922.

Kerouac drank himself to an early death, in 1969.

A first edition I bought in 1989

His 1957 novel On The Road glorified the "Beats" and inspired a generation.  

It continues to inspire.  

Lowell memorialized its local hero with a park at 75 Bridge Street.

Final paragraph from On the Road

A cold, damp and very grey day in Lowell.