Jack Kerouac’s Grave

Marafiki

These days, if you tell people you’re taking a road trip, it is considered strange if you don’t take a mostly direct route. Yes, perhaps I am going from H to T, but I still want to see A-G and U-Z. I have the time, so why NOT see A-G or U-Z? Why is that so hard to understand?

One person that I knew would understand my out-of-the-way road trip was Jack Kerouac, author of the infamous, era-defining, ultimate road trip novel¬†On the Road. My road trip has a lot less drug use, but now we’re splitting hairs.

Naturally, this meant I had to take the time to visit JACK KEROUAC’S GRAVE- 1375 Gorham St., Lowell, MA.

Jack was born in Lowell and is buried in Edson Cemetery.

20160627_174430FYI, I took this picture from inside the cemetery. No, the house you see through the gates is not inside the cemetery, but outside.

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He is buried near his family and, like so many other famous people, gets visitors leaving things on his grave.

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20160627_172149.jpgThe small Jack Daniels bottle was my contribution. I found it elsewhere in the cemetery and wanted to leave something. Besides, his name was Jack…

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One of my artsy moments (notice how I got myself in the reflection).

20160627_172059“The Road is Life.” Oh, how true, Jack, how true.

So… how do you find his grave?

It’s actually pretty easy if you follow these directions:

Head towards the chapel (pictured earlier in the blog). Take the second right after the chapel (7th St.). ¬†Turn left onto Lincoln and stop. He is in the section to your right. If you can’t find it from all the paraphernalia piled on it, count 6 gravestones in from the intersection and 3 back from the road.

Hit the open road, go experience some life, and come thank the man that has inspired so many to do the same.

Until next time, dahlings…

 

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