Rhode Island Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Sunday, October 3, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked 3 hours and 15 minutes on the Brown University campus and the surrounding downtown Providence area.  I then walked 1 hour and 45 minutes in nearby Cranston, Rhode Island.

Highlights of the Rhode Island leg of the tour:

  • The weather was cool and nice.
  • I didn’t hit too much traffic while driving in the Providence area.
  • GPS gave me a little bit of trouble locating Brown University, but it wasn’t too bad and I found it once I got off the freeway.
  • The Brown campus was nice.  Very impressive when you consider the age of many of the buildings.
  • Downtown Providence was interesting.  They had some nice war memorials and an impressive financial district.
  • The drive to Maine wasn’t too bad, although I hit some traffic when I went through Boston.  I don’t know what it is, but I always find the tunnel system in Boston to be just crazy enough to keep me on my toes.  It’s nothing I can’t handle, but I definitely have to pay attention.
  • I got to my hotel early enough so that I could watch my Houston Texans beat the Oakland Raiders.  At the end of the day, Houston is now in first place all by themselves. after 1/4 of the season is over.  They’ve never done that well before, but it’s still early in the season.  Needless to say I’m pleased.
  • I now have plenty of time to get another night’s great sleep.  I’ve been catching up on my sleep lately and I’m certainly appreciative of another opportunity to do so.

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to

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Here are pictures from my walk.


Here are 5 fast facts about Rhode Island:

  • The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, more commonly referred to as Rhode Island, is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest U.S. state by area.
  • Rhode Island was the first of the thirteen original colonies to declare independence from British rule and the last to ratify the United States Constitution.
  • Rhode Island’s official nickname is “The Ocean State,” a reference to the state’s geography, since Rhode Island has several large bays and inlets that amount to about 30% of its total area. Its land area is 1,045 square miles (2706 km2), but its total area is significantly larger (in the United States, all seawater and ocean floors that are more than three nautical miles from land belong to the Federal Government.)
  • Despite the name, most of Rhode Island is on the mainland United States. The name Rhode Island and Providence Plantations derives from the merger of two colonies, Providence Plantations and Rhode Island. Providence Plantations was the name of the colony founded by Roger Williams in the area now known as the City of Providence. Rhode Island, the other colonial settlement, was founded in the area of present-day Newport, on Aquidneck Island, the largest of several islands in Narragansett Bay. It is unclear how Aquidneck Island came to be known as Rhode Island. In 1524, the explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano noted the presence of an island near the mouth of Narragansett Bay, which he likened to the Greek island of Rhodes. Although it is unclear to which island Verrazzano was referring, the pilgrims who later colonized the area decided to apply the moniker “Rhode Island” to Aquidneck Island. The earliest known use of the name “Rode Island” was in 1637 by Roger Williams. The name was officially applied to the island in 1644 with these words: “Aquethneck shall be henceforth called the Ile of Rods or Rhod-Island.” The name “Isle of Rodes” is found used in a legal document as late as 1646.
  • “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” is the longest official name of any state in the Union. On June 25, 2009, the General Assembly  voted to allow the people to decide whether to keep the name or drop “Providence Plantations” due to the misperception that the name relates to slavery.  A referendum election is to be held on this subject during the November 2, 2010 elections. Rhode Island’s official state nickname is “The Ocean State,” a reference to the state’s geography (since Rhode Island has several large bays and inlets that amount to about 30% of its total area.)

Next stop, Portland and Cape Elizabeth, Maine.