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For Mom

On July 25, 2011, Michael and David Hrostoski set off on a 4100 mile roadtrip across North America to spread their recently deceased mother’s ashes.

This is their story.

3 Weeks, 40 Locations, 1 Amazing Mother…

Final statistics from our journey:

Miles driven:  4100 (4130 to be exact)

Miles walked: Over 100

States/Provinces visited: 19 (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Quebec, Ontario, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania)

Locations where we spread our mother’s ashes:

  1. Vans Warped Tour  Oceanport, New Jersey
  2. Borough Office Building  Somerville, NJ
  3. U.S.S. Constitution  Boston, MA
  4. Bunker Hill Monument  Boston, MA
  5. Charlestown Bridge  Boston, MA
  6. The Site of the Boston Massacre  Boston, MA
  7. Charles River  Boston, MA
  8. Franconia Notch State Park  Lincoln, NH
  9. Orleans, Vermont  Population: 826
  10. Overlooking a lake in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
  11. Jardin Botanique  Montreal, QC
  12. Japanese Flag at Montreal Olympic Park  Montreal, QC
  13. Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal  Montreal, QC
  14. Summit of Mount Royal  Montreal, QC
  15. Lake Ontario  Toronto, ON
  16. Courtyard Marriott Overlooking Toronto  Toronto, ON
  17. Niagara Falls Cliff Edge  Ontario, Canada
  18. Horseshoe Falls Niagara Falls  Ontario, Canada
  19. Greenfield Village/Henry Ford Museum  Dearborn, MI
  20. Fred Beekman Park/Ohio State University  Columbus, OH
  21. Kings Island Amusement Park  Cincinnati, OH
  22. Camp Livingstone Park  Indian Hill, OH
  23. Mammoth Cave National Park  Mammoth Cave, KY
  24. Drum Circle  Asheville, NC
  25. Atlantic Ocean  Sullivan’s Island, SC
  26. The Main Pier  Folly Beach, SC
  27. Pier 14  Myrtle Beach, VA
  28. Chick’s Beach  Virginia Beach, VA
  29. The Governor’s Palace  Colonial Williamsburg, VA
  30. The Lincoln Memorial  Washington, DC
  31. The White House  Washington, DC
  32. The National Mall  Washington, DC
  33. The Liberty Bell  Philadelphia, PA
  34. The Declaration House  Philadelphia, PA
  35. Elfreth’s Alley  Philadelphia, PA
  36. The Brooklyn Bridge  New York, NY
  37. The Staten Island Ferry  New York, NY
  38. Federal Hall National Monument  New York, NY
  39. Times Square  New York, NY
  40. Franklin St (childhood home of our father)  Brentwood, NY

Friends who hosted us: 12 (Two new friends from

New friends made on the trip: Dozens

Nights spent in a hotel: 3 (Toronto, Charleston, DC)

Total money spent on lodging: Less than $100

Longest day of driving: 9 hours (Cincinnati, OH to Mammoth Cave National Park to Asheville, NC)

Beaches visited: 6 (Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach, Chick’s Beach, Seaside Heights)

Favorite new food: Poutine (Montreal, QC)

Thrill rides ridden at Kings Island: All of them

Major hailstorms driven through: 1 (Northern Ohio)

Arguments between David and I: Zero

Pictures taken: Over 1500 (See a collection at

Video taken: Hours

Total costs: Doesn’t matter

Regrets: Zero

Good memories: More than I can count

Cheers to you mommy

Cheers to you mommy