"We spent all of today exploring the city of Victoria, BC. The buildings share elements of victorian and modern architecture. There is a stone building which looks like a miniture british parliment and touristy shops all on the same block. We went to the BC natural history museum. We all wondered what the difference was between natural history and regular history. There were exhibits on indians native to the island. The teens saw an imax movie about elephants and monkeys raised by humans. The rest of the day was spent looking at shops and watching street performers." - Jacob, Trip Leader
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
"Yesterday we arrived in beautiful Vancouver BC! This is our first hostel since Seattle so everyone was eager to do laundry and go to a restaurant. It was rather strange not seeing raccoons at dinner like usual! But the truth is we missed the wildlife and hope to see more wildlife in Olympia National Forest later in the trip.We entered the south end of the city and decided to take the Skytrain to get the best view. We walked around today because there was so much to do right next to the hostel. We went to a park for lunch and decided to see Harry Potter. Tomorrow we will go to the city of Victoria on Vancouver Island!" - Jacob, Trek Leader.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
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Monday, July 25, 2011
We're officially over halfway across the country, and over halfway through our trip! Today, (day 31), we hit the 2,000 mile mark. A celebratory carton of chocolate ice cream was promptly ravaged. Just yesterday we crossed into our seventh state of the trip--Minnesota.
The heat wave we faced last week has finally passed, and it is now possible to ride without the inherent fear of spontaneously combusting. As soon as the temperature dropped, though, the winds picked up. The one day they were blowing in our favor we were able to whiz through our first century of the trip! Since that glorious day, we've unfortunately found ourselves battling some gnarly headwinds as we venture East. If only I'd brought some sails to rig to my bike.... Luckily, we're all in super-rad shape by now, (seriously...I have muscles growing on my muscles!) so we've been able to put up a valiant fight against the gusts.
Highlights of this past week have included watching breathtakingly beautiful sunrises whilst riding at dawn, buying ten bags of Chex Mix at one time (it was one of those 10 for $10 deals... we just couldn't resist!), and sleeping in past 7:00 A.M. for the first time so far this trip. We also cycled through Little House on the Prairie territory and watched part of a pow-wow....so cool!
We've been having a BLAST out here as we trek across the U. S. of A., and we hope y'all are having at least half as much fun as we are!
Peace, and good vibes to all!"- Jenna Hill, Teen Trekker
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
"Providence was very fun. We stayed at a hotel and after diner walked around and kind of got lost but it was hilarious. We saw the last Harry Potter movie at the mall, which was huge. We went shopping, it was awesome. Today we biked and 30 miles from Providence to Massachusetts and we're staying at this old campground. There is a vending machine that is from the 70's, probably not but it only cost 40 cents! My legs are starting to get used to the biking. It was really hard in the beginning. At the campground there is a nice guy who gave us firewood and everything. We've been meeting a lot of nice people lately. Not at all like in my town so I found it surprising. Well that about sums it up. Since I'm writing this on the 10th day, see you in 6 days peoples." -Giovanni Asperti, Teen Trekker
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naps and sunrise pedeling. For this we have re-named our crew the
"camels of dawn."
Highlights of the past week:
Left big sky country (Montana)
Cut through the black hills to see Devils Tower
Crossed into our 6th state - South Dakota
Walked around Spearfish during their annual art fair...got some free lemonaid
Caught some zzzs in front of a bike shop before they opened
Saw the final installment of the Harry Potter series
Met a guy whose biked in nearly 50 countries
Roadthrough the Badlands National ParkAnd now we are eating lunch outside on an 1880s replica town
Tomorrow well be crossing the Misouri and treading on through Minnesota!
So long for now!" - Max, Trip Leader
Sunday, July 17, 2011
"Yesterday we had a lovely day in Newport and got to see the Breaker mansion, which I learned was built by the Vanderbilt's as a summer home. It was really cool looking back into the gilded age and hearing stories via audio tour of both the lavishly wealthy and the servents of the mansion.
Today we made it to Providence and found some great food and the Waterfire festival. We found a Chinese culture festival and right next to it were two food trucks. The teens either ate Korean or gyros and they were delicious. After that we ate ice cream and cannoli . Because it was a neat local thing I think everyone had a good time. It was also right next to the Waterfire festival which was great. The girls are already excited about all the shopping that awaits them tomorrow. Joe, Henry and Gabe are really into the festival right now and Alex is just happy to have eaten fried dough. Giovanni is down for anything. I didn't know a trip could go this well before tonight. Everyone here is having a blast and I am excited for the trip to continue and for the adventure that awaits us." - Colin, Trip Leader
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AMSTERDAM (an acrostic)
Red Light District
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
"Got to Mystic today aftera long day of bikng filled with yummy treats. We got free Slurpees from 7-11, mystic pizza and ice cream by the quart. Here's what some of our Trekkers had to say:
"This is my first time biking like this. The people on the trip are friendly and nice, it is adventure I had never thought of doing but I am glad I havehad the chance to go. This is a trip I will never forget!" - Gabby Smith, Teen Trekker
"This bike trip is a continuous adventure. It connects you with frinds, and gives you chances to become a stronger person. I am having fun and I hope that will continue." - Maya Blumenberg-Taylor, Teen Trekker "
We can't wait to get to Block Island, we hear the beaches are great! " - Lauren, Trip Leader
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
"Montana has been very good to the Across America Trekkers so far. After some rest and Chinese food in Misoula, we returned to the road. Two solid riding days brought us to Butte, where we waited out a storm over french fries at a local diner. The next morning we rode over the Continental Divide, and then enjoyed coasting downhill for most of the rest of the day. We stopped off in Three Forks for lunch, where we visited the town's historical museum, which exhibited a 65 pound taxidermied beaver, a barbed wire collection, and a 19th century tools and clothes. After another night of camping, we rode into Bozeman on Saturday morning. While the leaders took care of some bike repairs, the trekkers explored the town's downtown. When we heard that Main Street would be closed to traffic that evening for the Tour de Bozeman bike races, we decided to stick around and watch. Afterwards we made root beer floats and took a dip in our motel's hot tub. We got out early the next morning, and according to our odometers, reached the 1,000 mile point of our trip. Two more full biking days has brought us out of the mountains and into Billings, where we're preparing for the next leg of our journey." - Taylor, Trip Leader
Monday, July 11, 2011
We just came into Rocky Neck Park after a great day biking in CT. High points included lunch at a Farmer's Market and swimming at the beach. We made great time today and got to the beach. Everyone is excited for Mystic Pizza tomorrow.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
“We are in our sixth day of our trip. We started out on bike trails into Croton, NY. We enjoyed camping and watching a 360 degree view of fireworks!. Our second day was brutal, because of the heat and hills. However, we finally made it to Snow Valley Campground, where we told ghost stories and ate cake. Our third day was very easy riding. It was mostly down hill. We stopped at FDR's house in the afternoon, and then continued on to our campground. That night, we had a water balloon toss and ate S'mores around a campfire while playing cards. We were sad to lose Daniel and Jacob from the trip. However, excited to continue on with the trip.Our fourth day, we did a lot of riding. We decided to do more riding and then phantom camp. We stopped in the town of Hudson for pizza and found a place in the woods to camp. Yesterday, we made extremely good time, except for some bike problems and wrong turns. When we found our hotel, we decided to have a movie night with popcorn, taquitos, and Harry Potter! Our sleep was very nice. Today we are touring Albany. We stopped at a bike shop to drop off our bikes and are walking the city. We stopped at the Egg, the Capitol Building, and the NY State Museum. We will have lunch and shop on Lark Street, and then head back to our hotel pool ! :-)” – Abbey Ulman, Teen Trekker with contributions from all of the teens on the trip!
Friday, July 8, 2011
“Here's week #2! It's been another week for the Across America crew, so it's time for another weekly summary. This week's highlights were:
- Leaving Walla Walla (and, sadly, the cozy hotel room)
- Seeing a sign for fifty-cent fries. Evidentally, the sign wasn't supposed to be up, but we got them anyway
- Spending an hour looking for a town called Delaney; we never found it. Ghost town, ooooh...
- Morning climb to the top of Alpina (elevation 2600).
- Eating knockoff triscuits for midmorning snack. Mmm, woven wheats.
- Making fried rice for dinner
- Biking through scenic forests in Idaho, and doing 60 miles before lunch
- Wading in a frigid stream, even though only one person braved the cold
- Having someone offer to tow us across the US. We had to refuse… but it was tempting
- Hanging out at a gas station for three hours, talking to another cyclist
- Finally making it to the top of Lolo Pass after climbing it for three days. The last three miles were the worst.
- Celebrating the Fourth of July by cooking pea soup at 10 pm, and hiding all our food in the campground bathroom so bears didn't eat us.
- Talking to cyclists about to climb Lolo Pass. We wished them good luck, and were secretly thankful to not have to climb it again.
- Finally getting cell phone reception and calling our anxious parents. "Why haven't you updated the blog yet?”
- Visiting the Adventure Cycling office. Holy cow. The walls had photos of tons of other cyclists that had biked cross-country (one guy did it twelve times), and there were articles and memorabilia from the Bikecenntenial everywhere. The staff took our photos and let us stay in the lounge for a couple hours.
- Making lots of Made-it-Ade. "What?! Two bottles in one day? You're a fiend!"
- Finding a road with zero cars on it!
- Talking to a friendly couple from North Dakota with really strong Dakotan accents
- Seeing a crystal-clear lake as we climbed another mountain pass
- Almost getting stuck in a rainstorm, but making it to Butte just in time.
- Having the group leaders attempt to outlaw cookies. That wasn't a highlight…shame on you guys.
See you next week!" - Rebecca George, Teen Trekker
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Thursday, July 7, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The New England Coast Trek reached Cape Cod yesterday following some neat bike paths and bridges on their way to Sandwich, MA. Today they tried out the beaches in Dennis, MA during their days ride toward Brewster, MA and Nickerson State Park.
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