Walking the Post Road

Rivers of Grass: View of salt marsh on the Oyster River, Old Saybrook, CT from Old Boston Post Road.

Distance Walked in this entry: 2.46 miles

Total Distance Walked in Connecticut:  44.75 miles

Total Distance Walked for this Project:  215.4 miles

Note: These distances are distances walked along the post road and do not include detours unless they are necessary to continue the walk (for instance, crossing the Connecticut River via the bridge). As a rule I try to eat and sleep on the actual road, but this is not always possible. A detour to a restaurant 500 yards off the route is not typically included in the above calculations, nor are detours to libraries not directly on the route.  The above calculations also do not include the multiple trips I have taken on large sections of the road and thus are probably only 50% at most of the actual walking I have done for this project.  If you follow the maps I have included in each entry exactly as I have drawn them you will walk the distances listed above.


In addition to the links I have provided , I have also made use of the following books found in the Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook, CT.

  1. 1.Saybrook Tercentennial Committee, In the Land of the Patentees: Saybrook in Connecticut ( Old Saybrook, CT, Acton Public Library, 1935).

  2. 2.Gilman C. Gates, Saybrook at the Mouth of the Connecticut River (New Haven: Wilson H. Lee, 1935).

“To see a world in a grain of sand,

And a heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,

And eternity in an hour.”

William Blake, Auguries of Innocence