Thankful for a Great Summer 2022!

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From the Teen Treks staff and Board of Directors, we wanted to wish our greater community of trekkers, bike trip leaders and parents a Happy Thanksgiving!

From Amsterdam-Paris, to Cape Cod, to the Maine Coast, we had many wonderful bike trips in Summer 2022, leaving the Teen Treks staff reflecting on another great season exploring new places by bicycle! Thank you to all the trekker families for your participation in making this summer a memorable experience for many years to come. And many thanks to our outgoing and adventurous bike trip leaders who make each trip a one-of-a-kind experience!

We hope you enjoy a time away from work, school and life’s busy-ness this Thanksgiving Day and can spend quality time with friends and family!

As the Teen Treks staff looks ahead to bike trip Adventures in 2023, we have many exciting opportunities on the horizon. We’ve seen a lot of interest in our Across America Trek next summer, a 55-day bike tour from east-west and a life-shaping experience for teens looking to gain confidence, independence and new skills while achieving a grand bike excursion. We’re also excited to see a high registration for our Amsterdam-Paris Trek, a 16-day journey through some of the most iconic European cities in a land made for cyclists. 

We can’t help but be excited for these adventures and many more on the horizon for Summer 2023! We hope you will join us again and/or tell your friends!

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Biking to all!

Great Last Night on the NYM Trek

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Today was the last day of our fun times in Montreal and with new friends. We started off again with another delicious breakfast in the hostel. After that we biked the bumpy roads of Montreal all the way to a biodome in the city. It recreated a bunch of different environments, we saw penguins, different types of birds, an alligator, and of the exhibits VERY accurately recreated where we biked. After we left we went shopping around the old port of Montreal and we got some delicious fried donut holes. For dinner we walked around china town and found a random restaurant, and the food was served in a lazy suzan type of way. The walk back to the hostel in the rain was very scenic with the reflection of lights and a green glow in the sky from buildings. We discovered Max is a professional speed walker, and got snacks for the bus tomorrow from a grocery store. After a very stressful bike packing, we sat for a calm and relaxing game of risk. Thank you for joining us (kind of) on this trip and this last blog, and Goodnight.

-Trekker Roman

Fun Day in Montreal for NYM Trekkers

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We woke up to a delicious orange, bagel, panini, and lox breakfast. There was a panini press at the hostel which was a big hit this morning. After breakfast we biked to a market with a bunch of fresh fruits and veggies and food places. We bought some group strawberries and they disappeared in 5 seconds. We left the market to go watch the Rogers Cup. We found out tennis is really boring and ended up trying to find as much free stuff as possible. We got massages from a BMW and got coasters. We got back to the hostel and left to go walk around Montreal. We went thrift store shopping and found a nice restaurant to eat at. We all had delicious poutine, and Max ate a little too much. We are currently having an intense game of Risk, and thats all for today.

-Trekker Roman

NYM Trekkers Arrive in Canada and Celebrate Jasper’s Birthday

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We woke up to a rainy morning. After the wind yesterday causing people to shelter into their tents everyone’s shoes were SOAKED. We celebrated Jasper’s birthday with some delicious muffins and got ready for the day. The points today were me and Ivan. We biked along for a long time until we found this abandoned barn on the side of the road. We explored the barn and found some cool old machinery. We kept on biking until we got to the border and while we waited on the side for the road we made new friends with random people in a car. After the border crossing we kept biking and found some cows that Lauren wanted to pet and did so with permission from a farmer. We got to town and went shopping for a delicious breakfast for dinner. We then had a super secret cake for Jasper to end the meal. We ended the day by  stargazing at night and saw Montreal’s light beaming through the sky. Thats all for Quebec see you in Montreal tomorrow.

-Trekker Roman

End to an Unforgettable Lake Ontario Trek

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The group woke up in beds for the first time in about 2 weeks and biked to get breakfast. After getting a delicious meal from Bettys, the group biked back to the hostel. Alana played piano and Duncan sang along while Henry listened to some good tunes back in Canada. Alana sadly had to go and then Dunkin Adam and Olivia went to go play spikeball with the local Buffalonians. Duncan got picked up after winning the grand championship of spike ball and the teen trek leaders took off to get nachos. Thank you trekkers and my fellow leader for making this trip great and unforgettable.

Perfect End in Buffalo for 700 Mile Trek Around Lake Ontario

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“It’s 7 AM” Olivia groaned waking us up for the last time. We slowly awoke, but we were more confident and ready than ever to finish our 700+ mile trek. With only a 20 mile day ahead of us, we hit the road.   We trekked through the 90 degree morning and stopped at peaceful Delaware Park in Buffalo with a sense of accomplishment in our systems. We wandered around the city and explored; taking in sight after sight, and just being filled with joy (even though it was pouring on us). We stopped at Front Park (where we started) and tried to comprehend that we rode our bicycles around Lake Ontario.   Still flabbergasted, we headed to our hostel. We showered the sweat off, did laundry and sat on couches (which might seem normal, but after not sitting on a couch for 3 weeks, that was magical).   After cooling down, we met up with Teen treks leader/Cliff’s son Tyler and went to the Anchor Bar (where buffalo wings started). We devoured wings, and then headed to an abandoned silo and explored. As the sun set behind the General Mills factory, we kept exploring; we went to river works, and played arcade games.  After playing some intense pinball, we went back to the hostel and enjoyed pizza, sprite, and a movie. What a perfect end to our long trek. Thank you for following our journey!
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NYM Trekkers Bike to Plattsburg

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Though crowded, the Burlington campground was a nice plce to wake up in considering we only had a 20 mile ride ahead of us. A flat gravel trail took the brunt of the length which is also a great surface to drift one’s bike on (yes it’s safe [if done correctly]). During the journey, two ferry’s broke up an already short trip into three smaller segments. Along the route we stopped at a beach to swim and eat lunch, as well as engaging in an extensive towel whipping battle. Shortly after lunch, we went to a fish hatchery where there also happened to be a pond. Fast forward to the campground, a couple tried to take over our second campsite to “take picture for an outdoors brand”. They went as far as asking us to move our staked down tents. Shortly after the stranger encounter dinner was started. A delectable slaw complemented a chicken and pasta dish. A little while later four of us, including the counselors, went down to the beach for a fantastic nighttime swim followed by a large fire. I do not know what will happen next so that’ll be all.

-Zach

NYM Trekkers Bike to Burlington

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Today we decided to take our time and sleep in. And when we did wake up we had the smell of pancakes waiting since Zach and Roman woke up early to make them for the group. After an amazing meal we set our sights for Burlington. About half way we stopped at a beach where we swam and hung around. After the long break we made it into town where we got a “Vermonter” which we destroyed in 5 minutes. After the day went by quickly with us exploring town and checking out local stores. We ended the day with nachos and the beach before calling it a night with a failed fire and cookies.

Waterfalls and Swimming in the Erie Canal Along Lake Ontario Trek

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Today we started off the morning in Holley and saw the waterfalls. We started to bike our morning miles and ended up at the grocery store to buy food for lunch and dinner. We ate lunch at a park and got back to biking.  It was pretty hot today so we decided to jump in the Erie Canal. After we tested how deep the water was, we found a bridge and jumped off. The bridge was a good 30 feet, so it took me and Alana like 10 minutes to build up the confidence to jump.  We got some sick pictures of us jumping and we started to bike again. We decided to go a couple extra miles than we were supposed to go, so we didn’t have to do them tomorrow. I made some dinner, we played some games and we were ready for our last night of camping. Shoutout Monique, Annie, Anne, Cheryl and Gwen. 
-Trekker Duncan