Thursday, December 20, 2018
Friday, November 30, 2018
Friday, September 7, 2018
Another amazing adventure filled summer has come to an end! This summer we bicycled together up and down hills, along scenic seaside bicycle paths, through pastoral valleys, along old rail lines re-purposed as tree lined bicycle paths, and on roads next to pastures of sun bathing cows - all the while reveling in the spontaneity of adventure travel.
Along the way we explored new places!
And amidst the thrill of adventure, we took time to get to know ourselves.
We had some unforgettable meals together!
Along the way we explored new places!
|NY - Montreal Trekkers outside the New York State Capital In Albany, NY|
We climbed to new heights!
|Pacific Northwest Trekkers celebrating their 17 mile climb to the top of the world at Hurricane Ridge|
We Maine-ly spent all our time together!
|Maine Coast Trekkers taking a break somewhere in Maine|
We Jumped for Joy!
|Connecticut - Rhode Island Shore Trekkers killing it with their photography skills in Newport, RI|
|European Grand Tour Trekkers taking a beach day in the Netherlands|
We had some truly in-tents experiences!
|New York Montreal Trekkers enjoying the thrills of camping in upstate New York|
|New York Montreal Trekkers enjoying small town New York|
|Niagara - Toronto Trekkers along the calm shores of Lake Ontario|
We became the closest of friends ...
|Niagara - Toronto Trekkers after eating their fill of wild black raspberries|
making goodbyes at the end of our trips all the more difficult :(
|Pacific Northwest Trekkers during their final group hug of the Trek|
We also learned about local history, visited art museums, ate ice cream to cool down on those unbearably hot and humid summer days, visited alpaca farms, explored national and state parks, wandered through country antique stores, visited iconic big city landmarks, and relaxed on beautiful beaches from the Dutch coast, Lake Champlain and Lake Ontario to the Puget Sound. Not all kids can say they've accomplished so much in such a short amount of time, but our Trekkers sure can!
Keep an eye out for our trip schedule for summer 2019 to help you plan out next summer's adventure! See you then!
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Yesterday marked the last day of biking as we biked from Balsam Cove Campground to a Quality Inn in the town of Bangor. The day started by waking up and loading our bikes for the day ahead. The morning started off very difficult with many hills on the route we took. However the road eventually flattened out and we finally made it. People went to the pool and ate Chinese food as our last night together as a group.
Written by Trekker Justin
Friday, August 10, 2018
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Written by trekker Spencer
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Today we biked a hilly 42 miles to Acadia National Park!! Along the way, we stopped to swim at a nice beach. At the beach we saw shrimp, crabs and fish. Then we continued onto Bar Harbor where we explored the town and did some souvenir shopping. After that we had a nice lobster dinner then went to Hannafords and bought food for Acadia. We then biked to our campsite and set up tents. After that we walked down to the ocean cliffs and stargazed! It was a great day!
Monday, August 6, 2018
From Dan and Yael- thank you for sending your kids on the bike trip with us! We had a great time getting to know them and couldn't have asked for a more fun, open minded and adventurous group!
Our afternoon brought more exploration and a scrumptious lunch consisting of Caribbean cuisine. We ventured into Old Montreal and visited the Notre Dame Basilica. We then made our way towards the waterfront and stumbled upon Festival Orientalys, an opportunity to explore cultures from throughout the world.
The evening consisted of more Monopoly and some poutine fries from down the street. Last day in Montreal tomorrow then bussing out in the evening.
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Written by Trekker Keya
After arriving at our hostel, we settled in and took a breather before dinner. We then ventured out for some local cuisine that was recommended to us. The evening consisted of a game of Monopoly, a couple games of pool, and a few orders of fries in the hostel's basement.
Tomorrow we plan to walk around and see the sights that the city has to offer.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Bonjour! Today we finally arrived in Canada, crossing the border from Vermont into Quebec! We started off our morning weaving through the islands of Lake Champlain to reach the top of the lake right near the border. After we seamlessly crossed into Canada, we found a cute lunch spot where Elliot and Alexa helped decode the all-French menus so the Trekkers could pick their meals. After a high-mileage morning, everyone was excited for a big meal. Lait du chocolat (chocolate milk) was the highlight of the meal, though the cups were gone before we knew it.
The rest of the ride into Napiersville, QC was a nice flat journey, offering a nice change from the hilly landscape of New York and Vermont. We arrived in the early afternoon at our final campsite for the trip which is also the most unique site we’ve stayed at. We were blessed with lots of space and amenities like a large water slide, spacious showers, fooseball, and a covered picnic area. After many runs down the slide, we ended our afternoon with some games of soccer and basketball, making use of both soccer fields and basketball courts adjacent to our tent site.
Famished from the long day of biking and games, we scarfed down a large dinner of pasta, chicken, apples, and peaches very quickly. So, we ended the day with a quick run back to the store to pick up dessert to satiate our hunger. We had an early bedtime to make sure we were ready for our last big day of biking into Montreal tomorrow.
Signing off- Truckers
Written by Trekker Melina
Friday, August 3, 2018
Written by Trekker Sammy
Signing off Winston, Lanky Langberg, Caitlyn & Spencer
A quick ferry transported us and the bikes the final stretch to reach the islands in the middle of the lake. Once on the islands, we ate at a busy food stand on the side of US Hwy 2. That road offered rolling hills and took us to our final destination of Grand Island State Park by early afternoon. We spent the rest of the day relaxing and swimming by the lake, before building a blazing evening campfire. We finished our day with toasted hot dogs, roasted corn, and fire-warmed, all-American apple pie to cap off our final night in the US, before we cross the border into Canada tomorrow!
Thursday, August 2, 2018
To the tune of Cruising Down the Street-
Rolling down the street in my lawn mower,
Charging up my Turbo, can it go any slower.
I'm at 10% and it took a whole hour,
I know a kid named Austin and he don't like to shower.
Written by Spencer (Dylan), Kaitlyn (Jessie), Winston (Austin) & Lanky (Ryan)
Today on our day off we explored Portland, Maine. After having a breakfast of eggs and toast we began searching for thrift shops recommended by the ladies at our hostel. We explored stores like Urban Outfitters, and Life Is Good. Later we reconvened and went to a tourist store where I got lost. When it started to rain the group dove into the nearest Starbucks to escape the weather, while I was still at the other store. After finally remembering me, they came back... Then we walked along the beach and ate lunch in a random alley. We finished the night by going to a nice seafood dinner where most of the group got chicken. We then watched a movie at the hostel and prepared for the days of biking to come.
Written by Trekker Shelter
After a light lunch, we headed into the heart of Burlington for the highlight of the day: taking on Ben & Jerry’s “Vermonster.” For those unfamiliar, the Vermonster is a whopping 20 scoops of ice cream, not to mention additional brownies, cookies, candy toppings, hot fudge, caramel, banana, and whipped cream. Served in a bucket, the trekkers attacked the Vermonster armed only with spoons, and took it down in just over 15 minutes!
Satiated, the group completed the three miles to the campground to set up camp for the night. The group split up, half heading to exploring the town of Burlington, while the other half got ingredients for this evening’s dinner. After a late meal, the trekkers hopped back on their bikes to check out the nearby beach, and the night was finally capped off with a few rounds of cards.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Today was another long day of biking. The morning was the same as usual but on our way to Portland, Justin's tire got sliced. We had to take a detour to the bike shop to get his tire fixed, but after that everything was as smooth as butter. We biked through beautiful towns, farms and forests, until we reached our hipster hostel in downtown Portland. A pizza dinner came after that and at last we played cards and chilled.
Written by Trekker Julian
During the three hour trip, the group took in the beauty of the scenery, listened to the history told over the loudspeaker, enjoyed some snacks offered on board, and had an extra chance to relax. Once in Ticonderoga, we finally fulfilled our craving for diner food by visiting a local restaurant and enjoying food prepared for us, instead of by us!
From there, the day went by as usual. We covered a total of 30 miles along scenic roads that offered views of the mountainous beauty of northern New York. As we rode along the rolling hills, we crossed the border into Vermont and stopped near the Southern end of Lake Champlain to take a dip in the water. Concluding our trip at Button Bay State Park, we had a filling dinner then enjoyed the adjacent basketball court and field by finishing our day shooting hoops and playing a bit of soccer. We’re excited for the day to come tomorrow, when we get to explore even more of Vermont!
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
After another wholesome oatmeal breakfast, we rode up the beautiful New Hampshire coast. We ate lunch in downtown Portsmouth before crossing the bridge and into Maine. New Hampshire went by fast! In Maine we swam in the cold beach before pulling into camp for the night. Excited for Portland tomorrow!
Today our group continued their journey north towards Lake George. We started our morning just north of Saratoga Springs at Moreau Lake State Park. Our group biked safely on the road for a bit then after passing through Glens Falls, linked up with a very nice bike trail.
The Warren County Bikeway brought us right into the heart of the village of Lake George. Once arrived we had lunch then some of us went swimming or read and relaxed on the beach.
Two ambitious trekkers Ethan and Colin and leader Elliott, biked to the top of Prospect Mountain. After enjoying the sights it had to offer they coasted down and enjoyed some dinner.
The evening consisted of a well prepared meal and some smores over the open campfire. Now it's time to test for another day of biking tomorrow.
We started off the day eating reptiles (dinosaur egg oatmeal) before heading out to the next big town- Hamilton, Ontario. Over hills and through woods we biked, honing our marshmallow catching skills along the way. With Toronto in sight on the other side of Lake Ontario, we dropped down into town, with waterpark slides on the mind. We passed through town (of course we stopped at another Tims [Tim Hortons]) and biked on a beautiful path alongside the lake. We sped up as the waterpark came into sight- the lazy river was calling our names. After joyful hours in the park, we camped nearby in a quiet park as we repacked panniers, snacked and watched the sunset. We're excited to continue our trek tomorrow!
Ryan- Yael thinks she's funny (she is)
Austin- Love you Mom!
Jessie- Hey lu and gen
Dylan- "I don't know"
Dan- Unlocked bathrooms with TP are the best kind of bathrooms
Monday, July 30, 2018
After our last delicious breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express, we headed out of Albany after a packed two days of activities. With a 50-mile day ahead of us, we ticked off mileage in the morning, enjoying car-free bike routes that offered much appreciated shade. After a delicious lunch of rotisserie chicken, cheese and crackers, apples, and more, we headed to a nearby state park. At the park in Saratoga Springs, we took a quick dip in the water and enjoyed a break off of our bikes. Finishing out the biking for the day, we headed to Moreau Lake State Park where we are camping tonight. We concluded the day with racing around a nearby loop, enjoying our unweighted bikes, and wound down with a few rounds of cards.
The Niagara Toronto Trekkers left the Niagara Falls Hostel in good time this morning after a breakfast combination of our food and the hostel breakfast items..
Austin and Jessie where assigned as points, to read the maps and get us to our days destination. .
The crew rolled out looking for as many Tim Hortons as they could possibly find. A rule was set that we could stop at every 3rd location. It didn't take but a mile or two to locate the first Tim Hortons. 6 donuts where purchased and downed.
We found an open bike store who sold us a few things we needed but were advised of a store just a 1/4 mile further that had everything we needed, even a guy who diagnosed Ryan's bike computer problem getting it working.
We headed for the grocery store buying lunch dinner and breakfast and then cycled to the Welland Canal Museum to have lunch on the side lawn. Just as we finished lunch an ocean freighter moved in the lock and we ran over to see it. A few of us then wandered through the museum and then we headed onward.
We found Tim Hortons number 6 and consumed another 6 donuts and small drinks of the Trekkers choices. Once at the Balls Falls campground a camp fire was made to roast the hot dogs to each trekkers liking on wooden sticks. Then we moved onto smores. Bed followed as morning arrives soon after a day of biking.
Tomorrow we end our day at a water park. I'm sure tomorrow will bring more laughter and possibly a baseball game with the tennis balls and a wooden stick bat.
Today we biked 36 miles. We had a lot of fun hopping between New Hampshire and Massachusetts. We had fun at the beach. Spencer didn't want to go into the water but Julian and I convinced him. When we arrived at the campsite, we split into two groups. Sammy, Justin, Keya, and Shelter stayed at the campsite to set up the tents and figure out where everything was. Julian, Spencer, Melina, and I went to the grocery store where we bought burgers. We had a delicious dinner. The burgers were great, and the salad was awesome. After dinner we went to a playground where we made some new friends. We came back to camp for dessert. We bought an apple pie and a cheesecake, only to find out that they were frozen.
Written by trekker Sean
Sunday, July 29, 2018
The seven of us woke up in Albany after a restful night in real beds at the Holiday Inn Express! We started out our full day in Albany by strolling across the Empire State Plaza, taking in sights of the beautiful Capitol building, reflective pools, and unique sculptures. We then spent the rest of the morning exploring the New York State Museum, with exhibits on the history of NYC, the prehistoric landscape of NY, early fire engines, and more. Hungry for lunch, we ate at an authentic Mexican joint then spent the afternoon in Washington Park, playing soccer, frisbee, and relaxing on the grass. After a quick swim back at the hotel, we headed out for dinner at a soul food restaurant, then headed back to the hotel and got back into our cozy beds to get some rest before a long day of biking tomorrow.
The invigorating, exciting, yet strenuous two week bike tour of the beautiful Pacific Northwest ended just as it began; at the Green Tortoise Hostel of the infamous Emerald City. One could argue the final day was most enjoyable as the group enjoyed not one, but two delicious ethnic meals in Seattle. This was to be followed by a lounge in the park overlooking the vast mountain - scape and a viewing of the Seattle Torchlight parade.
It was a very bittersweet moment for all, as we turned the corner of 1st Ave, arriving at the final hostel; thus concluding our 450 mile international bike trek.
I write this blog now sitting in the Sea/Tac Airport reminiscent of the wonderful and memorable past few weeks spent with Teen Treks. While I'm not sure I can ever look at a bicycle the same way, each time haunted by the torturous but rewarding 13 mile climb up to Hurricane Ridge, I acknowledge that these have been some of the most enjoyable days I've had and I'm certain I'll miss it and everyone; should I ever return back to civilization.
- written by Trekker Noah
Today, we biked from Andover to Gloucester! We took in some scenic Massachusetts views along the way. Due to some broken glass along the way, we had to go to a bike shop in topsfield! Which prompted a cozy lunch with a nice dog named Lucille. We continued on to our campsite where we made tacos, a fire, and Smores then settled in for bed!