Thursday, May 21, 2015

Meet Our Leaders: Skylar

Hi Everybody! My name is Skylar I live in Baltimore Maryland, and just graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art. After having spent all winter cooped up in my studio sculpting I cannot wait to get out on the road! I have been riding a bike for about as long as I have been walking and I can’t think of a more fun and relaxing way to explore new places! I am looking forward to seeing new sights, spending some time out in nature, enjoying a good camp fire, and getting to share the experience!
Last year I spent all spring and summer working on an urban farm in Baltimore. Part of my job while I was there was to work with the high schoolers and other volunteers that came through the farm. So I spent a lot of time encouraging people to try things that were new to them and got some good practice in handling even the crabbiest, tiredest, and dirtiest of teens. Over all it was a great summer and I loved helping people learn about where their food comes from and how to help it grow. When I was in high school I took two trips with Teen Treks, both of which were amazing. Most recently since then I have hiked the Devils Path, a trail through the Catskill mountain range, and taken a combination bike and train trip out west to New Mexico, Arizona, and California. When I’m not out on an adventure (or finishing college!) I spend my time, making artwork, enjoying music, reading, and farming.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Meet our Leaders: John

Hi there trekkers! I’m John from Montclair, New Jersey.  I couldn’t be more thrilled to meet you and explore the open road! This is my first year leading with Teen Treks but I know how much fun you’ll have because I went on three Teen Trek trips when I was in high school. I’ve biked along the coast of New England and from New York City to Montreal and it’s all been a blast. I graduated in May from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and I want to teach high school English. At Vassar I ran the Bike Shop, so I like to fix bikes as well as ride them. When I'm not riding or fixing bikes, I also love working with students, drawing, reading, making music, camping, hiking, cooking, and having imaginative conversations. I can’t wait to begin our journey!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Meet our Leaders: Sarah


Hello all!
My name is Sarah and I grew up on the Long Island Sound in Branford, CT. I am very excited to get outside and lead Trekkers on wonderful adventures this summer! Some of my past adventures include bike touring across Montana, trekking up to 18,000 ft in Nepal, and herding goats in the Swiss Alps. I enjoy all different kinds of adventures, whether it is getting deep into the backcountry in a canoe or exploring the streets of a new city. I am often found running, skiing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. I studied geography as an undergraduate student at the University of Vermont (UVM) and will be pursuing a graduate degree in public health this fall. Throughout college I led students on Outing Club trips and I also led our wilderness orientation program for three years. I can’t wait to be out on the road with you Trekkers!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015






Buying Gear for a Teen Treks Trip

Across the country, there are local and community bike shops that are able to give advice and help supply teens with the gear they need to have a safe and enjoyable Teen Trek this 2015 summer. A few of the products we require and recommend are:

a bike!
panniers
helmet
u-lock
lights
pump
tools
water bottles
clothing
rear rack
other personal trip items 

After registering for a trip, we provide you with the materials necessary to gear up for a trip. If you have any questions about gear, bike parts, or suggestions for a bike shop in your area, contact the office at biketrips@teentreks.com or call us at 716.566.7908. 

Stay up to date with gear and trip news at our social media sites:
www.twitter.com/Teen_Treks
www.instagram.com/teentreks/
www.facebook.com/teentreks

 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Meet Our New Program Coordinator for 2015!

Meet Abbie, our Teen Treks Program Coordinator for 2015! A Wisconsinite through-and-through and a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth with a degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, her work background is comprised of coordinating campus wide events for first-year college freshman, training teaching assistants, and working with parents through the college admission process. She's a summer camp alumni who much prefers the winter, a cat lover but only loves her cat, and an avid organizer of anything that needs to be organized. 

If you have questions about 2015 trips, what a day in the life of a trekker looks like, or how to prepare for a trek, call Abbie at 716.566.7908 or email her at abbie@teentreks.com!

Getting Into "High Gear" for Summer 2015!

Before heading out on trips, make sure you're being safe!
We're so excited for our 2015 Teen Treks bike trips, and can't wait to fill this up with photos!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

2014: Another Great Summer of Biking!


We're closing out another fantastic season!  This summer, our Treks brought together kids from all over the US, plus Europe and Asia, for biking adventures they'll never forget.  They visited lively cities and small towns --


 -- and got out in lots of wide-open spaces:


They camped out together,


cooked out together,


learned how to fix their own bikes out on the road,


devoured gallon after gallon of ice cream,


and made lots of close friendships:


They hiked and biked through stunning wilderness spots --


 -- and breezy beaches,


stopping along the way to learn about local history,


pick up lunch goodies at farms,


get off their bikes and out on the water,


and check out museums, art, comedy shows, music festivals, thrift shops, and pretty much everything else they could pack into each day.  They biked hundreds of miles together, up hills and down them, on bright, sunny days and through the rain.  Not a lot of kids can say they've accomplished these kinds of things, but every one of our Trekkers can!

We'll post our 2015 trip schedule later this year, so you can start planning your Trek for next summer.  See you then!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Maine Coast Trekkers Complete 400+ Mile Adventure



The last day of biking turned out beautiful for the Maine Coast Trekkers.  They enjoyed a ride through beautiful hills with almost no traffic.  Before checking into their hotel in Bangor, they picnicked on the banks of the Penobscot River and visited the Cole Land Transportation Museum, which had a great exhibit on biking.

At a bakery they'd found earlier in the day, the Trekkers had picked up some mixed berry pie and blueberry crumble -- and both were still presentable and tasty for lunch after after 25 and dinner after 30 miles.

In the morning, they all caught a bus back to Boston, where they had one last lunch together -- burgers at Five Guys!  Everyone made sure to trade email addresses and phone numbers before they parted ways.  We're thrilled that another group had such a great trip where they accomplished a lot, learned a lot, and had tons of fun.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Maine Coast Trek Winding Down


A rainy morning got the Maine Coast Trekkers on the road early to say goodbye to beautiful Acadia National Park yesterday.  They biked 26 miles before lunch, the group's top early mileage for the entire trip.  They found lunch at the biggest Walmart any of them had ever seen and did a little window-shopping for guns to introduce Samuel, a Trekker who hails from France, to that aspect of American culture.  They had lots of time to swim and take some long, hot showers when they got to their campsite and pulled out the stops for their last night cooking together to make "some crazy creative Sloppy Joes."


Today, they're biking to Bangor -- with stops along the way for back rubs and baked goods.  One more night, and then the Trekkers will meet up with their families to start sharing stories of their biking adventure!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Maine Coast Trekkers Get Ready to Summit Cadillac Mountain


Our Maine Coast Trekkers went an entire 24 hours without biking, but they found more than enough to keep themselves busy.  They did some laundry, popped out to explore downtown Bar Harbor, then had lunch and played hacky sack on the village green.  In the afternoon, they went swimming at Sand Beach. For dinner, they gave themselves a night off from cooking and went out for pizza, then enjoyed an ImprovAcadia show.

Tomorrow, they're hoping for good sunrise weather -- everyone's ready to bike Cadillac Mountain before sunrise, then coast back down to Blackwood Campground for breakfast burritos.
There's essentially no cell reception in the park, so leaders Andy and Carol are in the same tech-free environment as the teenagers in the group.  They're going retro, using paper maps and asking strangers where to find the best spots in the park.

One more night camping out, then a cozy night at a hotel in Bangor, and this group's Trek will be finished!  They're going to squeeze everything they can out of it.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Maine Coast Trek Reaches Acadia National Park


Today, the Maine Coast Trekkers are headed for Blackwoods Campground, where they'll stay for three nights, hiking through beautiful Acadia National Park.

They've had a mostly smooth ride, with only minor stops for repairs.  Here, the Trekkers are getting a lesson on how to oil a chain from leader Andy:


After their interlude in Acadia, the group has only a couple more biking days before it'll be time to head back to Boston, where their journey began.

New England Shore Trek's Last Day


 The New England Shore group closed out its Trek with loads of sun and sand!  They went swimming in the ocean, buried each other in the sand, ate lunch on the beach, and of course. . .


They biked!  They put a total of more than 330 miles behind them on this trip -- quite an accomplishment!  Today, they're reuniting with their parents, some in Boston and some in NYC, to tell them all about their adventure.  


It sounds like everyone had a fantastic trip.  Enjoy the last bit of your summer, New England Shore crew, and keep biking!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Lake Ontario Trek Completes 600+ Mile Journey


The Lake Ontario Trekkers made it back to Buffalo, NY, where, three weeks ago, they started their adventure.  In all, they biked more than 600 miles together!

They spent their last night in the posh Adams Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo and, yesterday, enjoyed a lazy morning with brunch at Betty's Restaurant -- breakfast burritos, French toast, and steak and eggs.  The day's highlight (no pun intended) was looking out over the city, Lake Erie, and the mists of Niagara Falls from Buffalo City Hall's observation deck.

Goodbyes are always difficult, but several Trekkers from this group are already talking about getting back together next year on our Across America route!

Maine Coast Trekkers Cycle North Towards Acadia



Yesterday was the longest day our Trekkers had biking up the Maine Coast, and they hope it will also end up being their hilliest day. In the morning, they visited Bowdoin College.  It started to rain as they headed out, but they found a family homestead where they could have lunch.

By the time they reached their destination for the day, Duck Puddle Campground, a jam band concert was in full swing! With covers of songs by Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, and The Who in the background, they cooked some delicious pesto chicken with rice and veggies for dinner.


They're just over halfway through their Trek!

Friday, August 8, 2014

New England Shore Trek Knocks Out Another 25 Miles


Riding from Sandwich to Brewster, the New England Shore Trek had a speedy day.  They stopped at a consignment shop along the way to look for trinkets -- apparently this one was mostly furniture, but this group has been finding neat treasures at thrift stores and local junk shops all along the shore.


Teen Treks' Director, Cliff Madell joined the group at Sweetwater Campground, near Brewster, MA.

Today, they're heading to Provincetown for their last two nights camping out!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Maine Coast Trek Arrives in Portland


The Maine Coast Trekkers have been enjoying Portland (and the air-conditioned hotel rooms they're staying in).  On their way there, they discovered an "awe-inspiring" candy store and had pastries and coffee at a cafe called Mornings in Paris.  They coasted the rest of the way into town, aided by a great tailwind.

They've been exploring the city, admiring the architecture, and checking out restaurants downtown.  Next, they'll head on up the coast to Freeport.

Close to Home for the Lake Ontario Trek


Since they got an early start, the Lake Ontario Trekkers decided to bike through Middleport and camp at Lockport tonight.  They did make a stop at Middleport, for ice cream and air conditioning.  The owner of the cafe where they took their break gave them a watermelon on their way out, too.

They're enjoying their last day on the Erie Canalway Trail and their last night of camping.  For dinner, they have quesadillas planned!

New England Shore Trek Bikes Toward Boston


On the road!  The New England Shore Trekkers are making good time on a breezy, 30-mile ride from Assonet to Sandwich, MA.  Just a few more days' riding until they reach Boston!

Lake Ontario Trek Bikes the Erie Canal Trailway


The Lake Ontario Trekkers started their day early with a stop at a bike shop for inspections.  Little did they know, there was a glass-blowing studio next door!  The group had lunch outside and then spent a good chunk of their afternoon being mesmerized by the glowing fire and beautiful pieces of colored glass.

They headed on to the Erie Canal Trailway -- a bikers' paradise along the peaceful canal, without any cars at all.  Kiran treated everyone to delicious pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches, thanks to his excellent camping-culinary skills, which they enjoyed at their own private campground along the trail.


Everyone's eager for more time on the trail before hitting Buffalo on Friday.  Their journey is almost complete!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lake Ontario Trek Enjoys Upstate New York


After a lot of steep hills in the past couple days, the Lake Ontario Trekkers were happy to have only rolling hills in front of them this morning.  Bicycling along Lake Road was a particularly lovely treat, and the group found a fantastic grocery store right along their route.


A few miles down the road, they found a beautiful park by the lake, where they had lunch in a picnic pavilion and enjoyed some time on the swings.

From their campsite at Canalway Park tonight, this group has less than 70 miles left before they will have biked all the way around Lake Ontario -- definitely in the home stretch!