Reflections on Another Great Summer!

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As group tents and pot sets are packed away and kids gear up for school, Teen Treks reflects on the accomplishment and life-changing adventures teens experienced in the many bike trips over the summer.

This year, Pacific Northwest Trekkers weren’t able to go into Canada, but in turn, this opened up more opportunity for San Juan Island hopping and allowed quality time biking, hiking and exploring Olympic National Park.

Our early July Cape Cod Trek dodged a rain storm that led to extra days in Martha’s Vineyard in cozy cabins with adventures exploring the island by bike and kayak!

Meanwhile, the Great Allegheny Trekkers biked on off-road rail trails, camped in beautiful wooded areas, swam in the Potomoc River and made stops at the Frank Lloyd Wright Falling Water House and to whitewater raft on the Youghiogheny River.

Our mid-July Cape Cod Trek biked along the scenic Cape Cod Canal with many great stops on the trip, like Plymouth Rock, Martha’s Vineyard, Hyannis and Provincetown. The group bonded over many delicious meals, beachside fun and reflections over the campfire.

The Maine Coast Trek had a blast discovering iconic Maine attractions like the Portland Observatory, Acadia National Park and Penobscot Bridge. The group especially enjoyed the unique community at the Balsam Cove Campground, exploring the touristy town of Bar Harbor and taking in the views from Acadia’s rocky beaches.

The 1,000 Mile Trek spent 25 days on the road traveling from Chicago to NYC, overcoming long daily mileage and lots of rain. The group wound up in spontaneous adventures like a mud wrestling tournament, a thrift store dress-up challenge and a restful night in a laundromat. They celebrated their 1,000+ mile accomplishment with parents at an esteemed pizza parlor near the Brooklyn Bridge to end a great adventure.

Our D&R Canal Trek followed the historical tow path through Pennsylvania and New Jersey visiting great small towns like Princetown, Easton, Trenton and Bethlehem. The group discovered waterfalls, enjoyed swimming, ate lots of well-deserved food, stayed in comfy hotels and even got to explore the campus of Princeton University.

New York-Burlington was a rendition of the usual NY-Montreal Trek, but luckily one of the leaders was from Vermont, so she knew all the ins-and-outs and the group found great swimming holes, lots of good food, and neat towns to discover en route to Burlington by bike! The group visited the FDR Museum, slept in the atrium of Lincoln Baths, met the 2015 winner of “The Voice” at a farmers market and feasted on Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in Waterbury.

Our last Cape Cod Trek of the summer finished out the trekking season with many great adventures. The group enjoyed visiting the beaches and lighthouses at Martha’s Vineyard, they escaped the rain in Sandwich, MA by touring a glass museum, they biked along the Cape Cod Rail Trail, swam in beaches and ponds along the way and finally explored shops in Provincetown all before ferrying back to Boston.

As the 2021 season comes to a close, we’ve enjoyed hearing stories from groups about the challenges they overcame, the spontaneous moments they experienced and wonderful people and views they encountered throughout their trip.

We hope memories of the adventures had this summer will live on in each of our trekkers and encourage them with a sense of accomplishment and new understanding of people, places and the joy of traveling!

Stay tuned for more bike trips next year!

Enjoying Provincetown on Last Full Day of Cape Cod Trek

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Today we woke up at around 7 and headed to P-Town. Ate good Mmmmmmm. We spent time exploring roads of shops in town. There were street musicians, cool stores, and little crabs on the beach. We had a grand time enjoying each other’s company, exploring the magic of Provincetown, and laughing from a multitude of frivolity along the way. We went to a museum and learned more about Provincetown and the culture. Martha, Quincy, and Britt went to a gift shop. It was splendid.

-Each sentence was written by a member of the Cape Cod Trek! (Authors in order- Daniel, Dash, Mitchell, Martha, Emily, Britt, Quincy, and Calvin). Signing off, Cape Cod Trekkers

Lots of Good Food in Provincetown for Cape Cod Trekkers

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Today we woke up and started our day with a delicious breakfast. After some biking, we stopped at Joey’s Mexican restaurant. Calvin and Mitchell got sloppy joe burritos. We continued on our long bike ride and Daniel pointed out all the houses on the water. Later, we went to a sandwich deli and gathered up our strength for the next 10 miles. We finally got to Provincetown and noticed it was about to rain, so we hurried to the campsite and got our stuff prepared for the night. After we got our tents up, it was time to feast. We all agreed to bike in the rain into Provincetown. When we got into town, a woman needed help with her bike. Martha took off the wheel to get a piece of bungee out of her chain while Britt held her bike. After the woman thanked us, we found a New York style pizza joint. Dash was adventurous and had two pieces of pizza while Quincy had some pleasant Chocolate ice cream. After our long day, we finally went back to camp to sleep in the rain.

-Britt & the Cape Cod Trekkers

An End to An Amazing Journey for NY-Burlington Trekkers

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This morning we woke up bright and early at 6am to give ourselves plenty of time to complete our 50 mile trek. We sped out of the campsite blasting YMCA and dancing along as we rode. After about an hour of riding we stopped in North Hero for coffee and pastries. We continued on for another hour, biking along the scenic shoreline of the Lake Champlain Islands until we reached the Canadian border. Feeling very accomplished, we picnicked as close to Canada as we could to refuel for the next 25 miles. Shortly after our lunch we took an unpaved “path” through some farmland and had a blast weedwacking our way through. We all had a good laugh once we emerged back onto the road and cleaned out our derailleurs. A few miles later we saw a creemee small shop and stand where we had the BEST creemees of the whole trip. Climbing up a couple more hills we finally made it to St. Albans, our final destination of our trip, and cleaned ourselves up for a nice dinner out. We went to Mimmo’s and ate until our hearts were content, filling our bellies with delicious garlic bread and pasta. We departed from dinner completely stuffed and biked back to the hotel in our lowest gears barely hitting 5 miles per hour. The short trek back to the hotel was one filled with an abundance of laughter. Finally back at the hotel we took a dip in the pool, did our final highs, lows, and grows of the trip and headed to our beds for a much deserved good rest. Cheers to all the NY to Burlington trekkers on an amazing journey!! We hope you all keep biking and plan to keep in touch (for that Burlington to Montreal trek in the future). Thank you for being awesome — we couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids!

Peace out // hasta la vista – Lis and Gabby

Cape Cod Trekkers Bike Along the Rail Trail

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Today we woke up in Martha’s Vineyard and had oats, milk, yogurt, berries, and peanut butter for breakfast. Since we knew it was going to be a long day we put away tents and packed up quickly. We took a scenic route to the ferry and boarded just in time. It was about an hour ride with lots of snacks. When we reached the port, Dash and Calvin wrestled while Quincy, Britt, and Daniel ate snacks. We took about a two hour bike ride on the Cape Cod Rail Trail with a few stops on the way. We ended the day with swimming in the pond at the campsite and pasta with red sauce for dinner.

-Quincy & the Cape Cod Trekkers

Through the Causeway to South Hero Island for NY-Burlington Trekkers

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The morning was bittersweet, in the classical metaphorical sense, but in a literal way as well due to the wonderful breakfast of refreshing coffee, sweet pancakes and French toast, and sausages made by Gabby’s mom and dad that we suburban campers woke up to. After our delicious meal we bid farewell to two of our wonderful bikers: a cacophony of inside jokes following them as they spilled down the winding road away from Gabby’s parent’s house. After the morning, the remaining 3 campers thinned their loads and went off to the causeway. The causeway awed us with its beauty: confined in the stream of runners, walkers, fishers, and other bikers and surrounded by miles and miles of Lake Champlain we took time to stop by a bridge to take leaps of faith off into the shimmering clean water below. Once at the end of the causeway, we got on the bike ferry which took our bikes as well as us over to the island of South Hero where we picked up a wonderful meal and an encouraging and engaging conversation. As the grey clouds drew in we decided to leave our restaurant to bike to our campsite. Once we arrived a busy day of biking completed and a 50 miler on our horizon we had a early bedtime to gain energy for the long trek tomorrow.

Written by today’s documentarian Navarro

Beach, Shopping and Music at Martha’s Vineyard for Cape Cod Trekkers

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Today we woke up at 7:30 to a splendid breakfast including granola, fruit, and yogurt. After we finished breakfast, we were all looking forward to talking to our parents as we had funny stories to share. Once all of our calls were concluded we were headed to the beach. It was a very short ride through a fancy street with lots of shopping locations. The beach was very nice with warm sand and cold water. Quincy pointed out a floating climbing structure close to the beach. We had lots of fun on the beach and then we headed to the shops. We first went to the gift shop, Dash bought a balloon and Daniel and Brit bought lollipops. After that we all got ice cream! Martha got blueberry, Emily got cookie dough, Calvin got chocolate chip, and Mitchell got M&M. For dinner we walked through the scenic streets to get to a pizza place which was very good. Sadly, it was time to go back to the campsite. Once we got there, we were pleasantly surprised to see a Live band that we listened to for numerous hours. To wrap up the night, we made s’more‘s over a fire and had our nightly meeting.

-Daniel & the Cape Cod Trekkers

Exploring Waterbury Off the Bikes for NY-Burlington Trekkers

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Our day began at our a trip to the farmers market with Gabby’s sister who had baked us delicious cookies. After browsing through the food, art, and farm stands we continued biking towards Gabby’s house in Essex, VT. We moved our bikes and gear inside and hopped into cars for the first time the whole trip. In Waterbury we stopped at many iconic Vermont locations like the cider barn, lake Champlain Chocolates and of course Ben and Jerry’s! We were grateful to not be on our bikes on the way back as it was pouring and we were having a blast singing along to some of our favorite songs. Navarros parents joined us for dinner and we feasted on burgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob, rice and beans, and ropa vieja! We finished off our relaxing day with a campfire and card games!

Cape Cod Trekkers Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard

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Today we started in Sandwich, MA. We left the pavilion towards a bike trail through Falmouth and ended at the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. It was a short and enjoyable ride. Daniel, Quincy, and Brett played Uno. Calvin and Josh were talking and laughing while I relaxed and went to the top deck. We got off the ferry and we rode a short way to Martha’s Vineyard family campground. We were happily surprised to see two cabins for the night that would save us from soaked tents. We ate delicious tacos made mainly from Dash. Thanks to all Martha and Emily‘s planning for the day, everything today went smoothly! We finish the day by talking about the next day ahead in Martha’s Vineyard. Tomorrow we are excited to explore the island and go see beaches and lighthouses!

-Mitchell & the Cape Cod Trekkers

A Great Day Off in Burlington for NY-Burlington Trekkers

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Today we had a lazy and relaxing morning, waking up at 8 and setting off for the day at around 9:45. We stopped for some quick refreshments at a local coffee truck, before making our first stop at Earl’s Bike Shop, where a wonderful lady helped us get our bikes back in shape with some complementary adjustments, and also recommended some supplies for the road. After our bikes were repaired, we tested them out as Gabby gave us a personal tour of her alma mater, University of Vermont.

We made our first extended stop at Church St., where we stopped to eat ham and turkey wraps, ingredients courtesy of the local City Market. We finished up lunch at around 1:15, and we made a group decision to spend the rest of the time exploring the beautiful downtown of Burlington. 
At around 5, we all met back up at our bikes to have a scrumptious dinner at The Irish Pub where we tried the Canadian special, Poutine, among other delicious foods. After finishing up dinner, we had Creemee’s while watching the sun set over Lake Champlain. 

At this point, you probably thought our day was over, but it was not! After setting up our tents at the campground, we walked down to Texaco Beach, where we swam under the stars, pointing out constellations and shooting stars. We ended our day with our Highs, Lows, and Grows while walking back to the campsite, and finished our day with a good night’s rest.

-Written by today’s documentarian, Suraj