Friday, June 24, 2016

Biking is a Blast for Pacific Northwest Trekkers





First day of biking was a blast. We started the day with a breakfast at the hostel and headed out biking through Seattle towards the islands. After lunch, we pushed through some tough hills and rewarded ourselves with ice cream on the ferry on the way to Whidbey Island, where we are camping with horses and bunnies for the night!
Blog post written by Grace

MAINE COAST TREK: First Day



Excited Trekkers met at Boston's North Station early today to begin a 16 day, 400+ mile ride north through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.  To bypass riding through Boston streets the group took an MTA train to Lowell. There they will get to know one another, talk about bike safety before exploring this city's Industrial Revolution past.  Finally they will bike 15 miles to their campsite at Harold Parker State Forest.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

PACIFIC NORTHWEST TREK- First Day



Trekkers from across the US met in Seattle this morning to begin their 450+ mile biking adventure around Washington State and British Columbia.  The group will spend today exploring Seattle and tomorrow head north to the many islands in the Puget Sound.  In the days ahead the group will bike the San Juan Islands, hike Mt. Constitution, visit Vancouver and Victoria B.C., bike and hike in Olympic National Park, and end with another day in Seattle.

Leader Training Program 2016




On Sunday new and returning Teen Treks trip leaders finished their extensive training program that included bike safety, bike mechanics, nutrition, first aid, camping equipment, emergency procedures, trip logistics, group dynamics, and group games,   We also biked several days in Canada and New York State that was beautiful.

Assembling bicycles
Swimming across the old Welland Canal


Bike Mechanics

Friday, June 10, 2016

Welcome New Trip Leader: AIMEE

Happy summer, everyone! I can't wait to start biking! My name is Aimee and I'm from Buffalo, NY. I am a graduate student at SUNY Fredonia, where I study music. I'm really looking forward to getting to know all of you and seeing the country over the next couple of months. I've gone camping all over western New York and Canada, but it will be great to travel by bike, rather than car. Other than biking, my favorite summer activities are swimming, playing my flute, reading outside, and playing with my bunny. The past few years, I spent my summers teaching swim lessons and working as a camp counselor. This year will be fun—see you soon!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Welcome New Trip Leader: EVAN



Hello Teen Trekkers!  I’m Evan from Buffalo, NY.  I’m excited to get on the road with a great group of other people who share my passion for bike adventuring! Biking is my favorite- when I moved to Brooklyn for a year my bike helped introduced me to the fast-paced, diverse environment of New York City. I love nature and being outdoors, swimming, dancing, playing musical instruments, photography, film making, drawing, cooking, writing in dream journals and working with animals (and of course, people!).  I’ve traveled to Greece, the Czech Republic, Austria, Mexico, Germany, Canada and all across the United States. I’ve worked with kids of all ages, doing art and violin lessons.  I most recently taught through the Buffalo String Works, a non-profit organization for refugees in Buffalo. I can’t wait to start my trip and be fully immersed in the outdoors in the heart of the summer! I love the feeling of riding on a bike because it’s almost like having your own horse J and it enables you to get the best view of your surroundings, especially in the sun! I live to see new places passing by while on a bike- it feels like you’re on top of the world, gives you a new perspective, and keeps you’re body healthy and moving.  Let’s do it! 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Welcome New Trip Leader - COLIN


Hey everyone! I'm Colin Macdonald from Buffalo, NY. Biking is my absolute favorite way to get anywhere, whether it's commuting the seven miles to work or riding through mountain roads in the Adirondacks. I currently work at a high school in Kenmore, NY, and in the past I've worked as an English tutor in Italy and a trip leader and camp counselor at a summer camp in upstate New York. I went to college in Montreal and have been to Germany, Italy, France, Russia, China, South Korea and the UK. I love to cook, play music, build bicycles and be outside. I'm super pumped to get to explore some exciting new places with some of you!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Welcome New Trip Leader- SARAH

Hey, Teen Trekkers, I'm Sarah! I come from the small town of Charlton in the central part of New York State and I am incredibly excited to get out into the world while leading a trek this summer! As I'm sure many of you can agree, biking is the perfect way to combine two of my greatest hobbies-- traveling and being outside. After living in Copenhagen for five months last fall and using a bike as my main mode of transportation, I truly fell in love with this way of seeing the world as you are able to experience everything, from the smell to the sounds, just as it is. I have explored both coasts of the U.S., much of Europe, and only a small part of what South America has to offer. I also just graduated from college with a degree to teach middle and high school English, and outside of the classroom setting I have been a swim coach and lifeguard for years! Aside from bike traveling and everything that comes along with it, some of my greatest hobbies include listening to music, cooking, reading, and spending time with great people. I look forward to meeting all of you and sharing our next great adventure!




Monday, May 2, 2016

Welcome New Trip Leader - MARY


Hello fellow biking enthusiasts and adventurers! My name is Mary and I am originally from Cheshire, Massachusetts but I have been living in Burlington, Vermont for the past four years attending the University of Vermont. I am so incredibly excited to be leading bike trips this summer.  I love biking around seeing new places while on two wheels.  There is nothing better than getting to the top of a really big hill to see what you accomplished and seeing the world from a new prospective.  When I'm not biking I really enjoy hiking, and kayaking.  For the past three summers I lead kayaking excursions all around Lake Champlain and now I cannot wait to explore on a bike!  I've been to Lima, Peru and to St. Lucia and traveling around has given me the travel bug and I am stoked to travel while in the saddle.  I also really enjoy cooking.  It is a way that I enjoy being creative and explore new flavors.  My friends and I even have our own Chopped competitions.  I love being goofy  fooling around and telling super corny jokes.  I have volunteered as a mentor for the non-profit called DREAM and I got to hang out with really awesome teens promoting emotional well being, guidance, and most importantly fun.  Once again I am beyond stoked to be a biking leader with Teen Treks and I can't wait to burn some rubber!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Welcome New Trip Leader: JENNA

Hi Teen Trekkers! My name is Jenna and I'm from midcoast Maine. I'm so excited to hit the road this summer and see some beautiful sights by bicycle! Back in high school I did the Across America Trek with Teen Treks and had a BLAST, and I've been hooked on bike touring ever since! I lived and traveled in India for a year before college, and I've explored Europe and some of the most beautiful National Parks in the U.S.   Last summer I led a bike trip for teens from Amsterdam to Paris, and I can't wait to see where this summer will take us! When I'm not on my bike, I like skiing, contradancing, hiking, camping, gardening, singing acapella, sharing stories with friends, and being a goofball. I volunteer as a Peer Health Educator at my college, and I love working with young people around topics of wellness, identity, and healthy relationships. I can't wait to meet y'all and share some great adventures!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Introducing Trip Leaders for 2016: MAX

Hi, I'm Max and I'm a Spanish teacher/camp counselor from Palo Alto, California. I've traveled by bike in New England, Catalonia, and down the west coast. I like reading science fiction, dancing to Ska music, and sleeping under the stars.  The only thing better than a day on the bike is a day on the bike followed by a screening of the 1997 classic Con Air. I'm psyched to lead some amazing treks this summer! Keep on pedalin'!

"Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood" - Susan B. Anthony.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Introducing Trip Leaders for 2016: EMILY

HIIII!!! My name is Emily and I am from the rainy west coast city of Portland, Oregon.  This summer is going to be so much fun.  Two of the things I am most passionate about are working with youth and riding my bicycle so, needless to say, I can’t wait to start.  Growing up in a big city, I didn’t learn how to drive for many years, so I learned at a young age to rely on and love my bike.  I went on my first bike tour a few years ago in Montana for 3 days and fell in love with traveling in this way.  I then bicycled all over Montana and spent last winter exploring New Zealand by bicycle.  It was awesome! Empowering! Beautiful!
Other than bicycling, I love to go hiking, backpacking, camping, and all other types of exploring!  I also love to drink coffee, cook, and eat lots of food.  But really, my favorite thing to do is laugh and connect with other people.  I’ve worked with youth in various capacities throughout my life and am currently a high school mentor at a residential outdoor education program.  I can’t wait for the summer, the sunshine, to explore new places, and meet all of you!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Although it's Still Snowing in Buffalo, Teen Treks is Gearing up for Summer 2016!

Have you been out on your bike?

The Teen Treks staff was biking all winter with adventures in New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, Cuba, and Northern Florida.

Now we're focused on our summer Treks and many trips are filling up or are full.

We can't wait to be biking on the California Coast Trek, the Maine Coast Trek, the European Phantom Trek or the ultimate Across America Trek. AND we look forward to having you come ride with us this summer!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Across America Trekkers Dip Their Tires in the Atlantic Ocean



After 55 days on the road the Across America Trekkers and Trip Leaders rode up the ramp to the boardwalk at Coney Island and were cheered and greeted by parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, and AA alumni. Their amazing adventure through extremely hot weather, high mileage days, the rain & wind also included experiencing awesome natural beauty and extremely friendly, outgoing people.  The Trekkers ceremoniously walked their bikes across the busy Coney Island beach to dip their tires in the Atlantic Ocean.  The event was followed by champagne on Boardwalk and a nice lunch at the famous Grimaldi's  Restaurant.

Friday, August 21, 2015

ACROSS AMERICA TREKKERS MAKE IT!!!!


8/20 We began our last big day of biking with cinnamon zucchini and potatoes and a whole lot of eggs. We played some morning tunes to get us going and hit the road by 8:30. The Dutchess Rail Trail took us a smooth thirteen miles to Hopewell Junction where we got on back roads for the last major climbs of our journey. In Mahopac we met John's mom and sister for a healthy lunch of mango chicken salad, watermelon, baguette, cheese, potato salad, Cheetos, and passion iced tea. We gave most of our remaining baggage to John's mom and took off down the rail trails for the last forty-seven miles to NYC. After a couple hours we suddenly arrived in the Bronx to experience sensory overload: traffic, music, tall buildings, and the hustle and bustle of city life. We found our way to the Hudson River bike trail and rode down the west side of Manhattan to 104th street where we cut across town to our hostel, Jazz on the Park. Katie got scooped up by her mom
upon arrival and we quickly said our goodbyes, realizing that we had made it to the end of the trip. We washed up in the hostel and headed out to treat ourselves at our last dinner together. We chose a fabulous diner on Broadway--half of us ate dessert for dinner while the other half gorged on real food! We walked back to the hostel totally stuffed and exhausted, ready to get a good night's sleep for our last day together.

Across America Trekkers Cross the Hudson River into Poughkeepsie


8/19 In the morning Branton's mother Lisa arrived with a new bike for Branton. We assembled his bike and Lisa kindly took our group pot set, tents, and stoves to lighten the load for our ride to Poughkeepsie. We biked twenty miles to Ellenville on the bumpy Route 52 and stopped for a snack break. We continued to New Paltz on the beautiful Berme Road, circling around the last of the Catskills. Tyler's rack snapped off along the way, but we zip tied it back on and changed our route to avoid bumpy bike paths. In New Paltz Tyler got a professional zip tie job done and the crew ate a big late lunch/early dinner at Lemongrass Thai. We rode on the rail trail from New Paltz to Poughkeepsie and took group photos on the Mid Hudson Walkway. We stayed at the Vassar Townhouses for the night, where John's friend Erin donated fresh veggies from the Vassar Farm and we ate cookie cake (a favorite of Branton's). The kids had a sentimental last night of tenting outside and we're excited about their last day of riding.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Final Day for NY - Montreal Trek


August 19:

Today we woke up and began packing our things to go. Cory went and grabbed some bagels for breakfast while the gang got their bikes packed. We left our bags at the front desk, checked out of Hotel Espresso, and biked to the Museum of Fine Arts. After checking out some art we headed to a nice lunch of Chinese food. It was quite tasty. We went to a grocery store for snacks for the bus, then back to the hotel to grab our gear. We got our bikes packed and headed to the area around the bus station. It was a team effort to pack the bikes into boxes and prepare them for the ride home to NYC. Cory waited at the station while the rest of the crew headed to Chinatown for the last exploration of Montreal. We then hung out in the station and waited to board our bus. As we waited we reminisced about the amazing times we had with each other and how much we would miss one another. However, we also expressed our excitement to be home and enjoy the comforts of not being on the road. All in all, it was an amazing trip. 8 strangers became great friends. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NY - Montreal Trekkers Enjoying Montreal





August 18th
Today was a day of preparation and exploration. We said bye to Camilla, leaving Skylar as the only person with two X chromosomes on the trip. We set out to see more of the city in the daylight, with a side mission of finding a bike box to ship Julia's bike. We went into Montreal's public library, which was extremely close to the bus station we were going to the next day. The library had 6 stories! It was awesome, but most of the books were in French. After that we were all feeling rather hungry, so we stopped at a local burger stand for some poutine and a small lunch. Skylar then set out to find a bike box as Cory and the rest of the group headed to a comic book store near the hotel to grab some reads for the bus ride home! Having been out in the sun for a long time that day, we all headed back to the hotel to chill out a bit before going out to our last dinner of the trip. It was delicious. We came back to the hotel and hung out with each other before going to sleep and resting for our last day in Montreal. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Across America Trekkers Reach Liberty

8/18 We left a friend's beautiful stone home and made our way south on route 8 to Deposit, just on the border of Pennsylvania. With the worst hills of the day behind us and two well-timed flats to repair, we had a huge lunch at the New Moon Cafe : pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham. We continued on with Liberty as our goal. Down the road outside Hancock Branton got a flat from a long and sharp piece of glass. He and John unsuccessfully attempted to patch the tube, then replaced the tube and found a major brake problem. After a loose hub was discovered and the new tube got a pinch flat, leaving Branton tubeless, the duo called a taxi to take them the rest of the way. The trio of Lydia, Katie and Tyler sped through the fifty miles to Liberty with only one five minute stop to eat a Clif bar. When they arrived the motel rooms and Chinese delivery food were waiting for them. After quickly devouring the food the Trekkers went to sleep while Lydia and John made final plans for the journey.

NY-Montreal Trekkers Made it to Montreal!


August 17:

We woke up and tye-dyed as our last full group activity before Julia would be leaving us later that evening. It was a great activity. The shirts came out pretty great. Then we set out for our final destination: Montreal. Later we would find out that it was the hottest day of the whole summer in the area. We biked for what seemed to be forever on a road passing endless cornfields before finally entering a more populated area. We grabbed some Tim Hortons bagels for a snack, and then headed into the suburbs outside of Montreal. The bike paths were wonderful throughout the whole area and kept us off the somewhat busy streets. Due to a main bridge being under construction we were sent on a mini detour, rendering our map directions useless and forcing us to rely on the kindness of the residents of Montreal to find our way to the downtown area. We were all feeling slightly drained as we climbed the last hill that would arrive us at our hotel, but we made it! The hotel AC was incredible. We all showered and got ready to go explore the city. We went and got dinner at a nice restaurant and then walked around exploring shops and finding cool areas that had fountains and a great atmosphere. We then headed back to the hotel and enjoyed the comfort of some cozy beds and got ready for our next full day of exploring the city.