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Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Slow and steady wins ...

My colleague, Lisa Kocian, and I were coming back from lunch at the new Guatemalan/Salvadoran cafe on Moody Street in Waltham on Tuesday afternoon around 2 p.m. [Look for my review of Guanachapi's in this Sunday's Globe West.]

Coming down Route 30 towards the Framingham line, we had to slam on the brakes -- a big, red SUV was inexplicably stopped cold, blocking traffic. We couldn't see anything in the way -- no pedestrians, no bicyclists -- no good reason at all to be stopped short.

Impatient to get back to the bureau, we sat there and griped. Finally, traffic started moving again and we saw what the holdup was all about. A huge turtle, with a shell the size of a loaf of bread, was slowwwwly crossing the road in front of us. He made it safely to the other side, and headed happily into the woods.

-- Erica Noonan

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