Two Blogs, as the NE Shore and Cape Cod Trekkers Unite

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Group 1

Today, we arrived at a park in south Boston early in the day. We then went on a 2 hour ferry ride. The wind was incredible. When we arrived at Cape Cod, we went over safety rules and then biked a mile to a Pilgrim Monument. We climbed up nearly 200 steps and saw the epic view of Cape Cod. We went to a Stop-N-Shop where we got supplies. Then we biked to the beach and stayed for 2 hours and played lots of fun games. We biked to the pier and explored. Then we went to our campsite. Nolan, Jessie, and lil Max cooked food, while Aidan and Ethan set up camp. We had a fun night and the other half of our group showed up. We introduced ourselves and went to bed.

-Aidan, Ethan, Nolan

Group 2

After meeting at the bus stop we had a relaxing four hour ride where got to know each other, we arrived in Boston. Everyone enjoyed a scenic ride along the harbor where we stopped at museums and enjoyed dinner. We rode on a ferry to Provincetown. After a quick ride we got to the campsite where we had dessert and met the rest of the trekkers. A great first day.

-Zac, Calliope

First Day: Cape Cod and New England Shore (NES) Treks

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The Trekkers of 2 groups the Cape Cod Trek and the New England Shore Trek met this morning to begin their adventures. The groups embarked onto a ferry going from Boston to the far tip of Cape Cod, the town of Provincetown. Over the next 10-16 days this combined group of cyclists will ride the entire length of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard and along the way will climb the Pilgrim Monument, bike the Dunes Bike Trail, tour the towns of Truro, Wellfleet, Chatham, Hyannis, and of course stop at many beaches along the way. The New England Shore Trekkers continue 6 more days to Newport, RI, Block Island, Mystic Seaport and end in NYC. Stay tuned for the stories of their adventures right here!

Biking NY to Montreal and Now Back in NYC

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Blog Day 15:

Back at where it all started: Bryant Park in NYC. It’s incredible how the last two weeks of bike travel was just completed in a singular overnight bus ride. Kind of humbling, really. Eating NYC bagels at the same Bryant Park outdoor seating felt like a truly full-circle moment. Cheers to a great trip and to everything that these amazing trekkers have accomplished over the last two weeks!

Lots of Food and Thrifting in Montreal for NYM Trekkers

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Our first full day in Montreal… I think I’ll parse this one out for you by category rather than chronology.

First and foremost: food. When is food ever not the most important aspect of bike trip? Even on days when absolutely zero bicycling happened. There was a unanimous consensus to that for today. Anyways, I was about to review all the incredible Montreal dishes consumed today.

Brunch: St-Viateur Bagel, 10/10 NYM star rating (the bagel sandwiches were out of this world—wait no, universe), 2 mile walk (worth every step), huge line of people waiting outside (we now see why), cash only (places like these can be picky like that). Lunch: {some Mexican restaurant with a name I cannot recall}, 7/10 NYM star rating (food was good, but no St-Viateur Bagel), unknown walking distance (roaming around aimlessly in our new-and-improved fits), one other table seated (that was shamelessly staring at us), credit card yay! Post-Nap Pick-Me-Up: Dairy Queen, 7/10 NYM star rating (they had flavors unseen in America that were pretty cool/cold), 0.2 mile walk, we took up nearly the entire floorspace (sorry DQ). Dinner: Sammy & Soup Dumpling, 9/10 NYM star rating (I mean, how could you go wrong with handmade Xiao Long Bao?), 1.4 mile walk, incredibly crowded with a 25-minute take-out wait (worth it). Second Dinner: {a popular poutine place Elliott researched prior to the trip}, 8/10 NYM Star Rating (we devoured it despite some claiming to not like poutine), a short metro ride across Montreal, picked up our order minutes before closing time!

I feel as though you can gain a solid sense of our day based on the first category alone. However, there was more to the day than simply hunting and gathering foreign meals.

Well now I shall answer the first question that must’ve popped into your head when you opened this post: Why on earth are we dressed as though a toddler on a life-threatening sugar high chose our outfits? Probably because we are all that hypothetical toddler to some extent.

Using a virtual name wheel found on the internet, we each randomly assigned ourselves someone else within the group to buy a thrifted outfit for that we would have to spend the rest of the day in. Think of it as Secret Santa, but the gift has a hint of loving malice behind it. At first, some were hesitant about the idea (Elliott was downright horrified, poor thing). However, by the time we got to the store, everyone was excitedly shopping for their victim–I mean, giftee. And once it was time to make the final reveals, we were hooting with laughter at the ridiculousness of the situation. Even the shop clerks got a kick out of Caleb helping Atticus zip up his new dress. Avi was actually jealous that he didn’t get a dress. Maybe next teen treks Christmas, Avi.

In the time between and after cross-dressing and eating out, we simply enjoyed the simple comforts provided by the hostel in the heart of Vieux-Montreal. We finally finished off the last drops of Mia water enhancers (a momentous occasion). We talked late into the hours in the common area. We shared our Highs, Lows, Grows, and Bros for the whole trip and congratulated ourselves on such an accomplishment.

This time tomorrow, we’ll be on our way back to where it all started. Crazy how the days flew by. Well, goodnight Montreal.

NY-Montreal Trekkers Make Montreal – 400+ Miles

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Blog Day 13:

We have officially made it to Montreal! 400+ miles, 13 days, and hundreds of memories from the road (with still more to come). The sigh of relief that was exhaled as we rolled up to the Alt Hostel was universally felt.

As we ate a bagel + cinnamon roll breakfast, the group decided to simply book it to Montreal and take on an unassuming Chinese buffet as soon as we arrived. 35 miles worth of brewed hunger had us eating enough food to put half the group into immediate food comas. At this point in the trip, we have become unhinged enough to take naps right in the restaurant. We rested and rallied for round 2 (well more like 4 or 5).

To aid digestion and explore Montreal’s ‘Little Asia’ a little, we walked around the busy shopping area and into air-conditioned stores. We then went back to the hostel and loaded our bikes and bags through the narrow stairwells and properly settled into our new home.

For a ‘light’ dinner, the leaders surprised the group with 70 Canadian dollars worth of pizza and poutine. To cap off the day’s energy intake, we entered a very busy (and now even busier) Ben & Jerry’s. Few things beat roaming a new city on a cool summer night with a giant ice cream in hand. It’s amazing how Montreal quickly transforms from cobble-stoned streets with buildings centuries old to a modern city with glass skyscrapers.

We then showered and did laundry late into the night before we climbed into freshly made triple-bunk beds.

Crossing National Borders w/ Rotisserie Chicken on NYM Trek

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What’s more exciting than crossing state borders? Crossing a national border…on bicycles. When the Canadian border patrol officer inquired if we had anything [illegal] to claim, he followed the line of questioning with a joking remark about the rotisserie chicken strapped to the back of one of the bikes (“Oh yeah…that’s just for dinner”).

The group woke up to a new breakfast ensemble: granola and greek yogurt. This (plus a mountain of granola bars) fueled the next 20 miles of NY country roads. As we rolled along, we saw corn, wooden produce stands, the occasional inkling of a town, and yet more corn. Vermont’s namesake green mountains were visible in the distance. However, corn stole the forefront.

We made a long pit stop just a few miles south of the border to eat lunch in the shade of overhanging trees. As a celebration of tonight being our last night ‘roughing it’ in tents, the two trip leaders offered to be the final “Cook Crew.” For lunch, we devoured Caesar salad wraps, chips, strawberries, and apple sauce. In the case of Elliott, you can add half a box of raw pasta to that list. Post-lunch, a majority of the group used the shopping cart as a stand for building their friendship bracelet-style pendants (you’ll have to wait to see the final products in Blog 13 or 14).

20 more miles down the incredulously flat terrain of Quebec, we arrived at Naperville Campground. The only tenters for the night, we were offered the entire field across the lake to pitch our tents. While the leaders cooked a variation of Chicken/Tofu Pad Thai for dinner, the group hung out on a picnic table by the water. We were delighted to find out that the campground also offered a wide range of sports equipment. We played basketball, football, and then over an hour of Just Dance using Grace’s laptop to search YouTube video recordings. Literally dancing into the night, we thoroughly sweated through any remaining clean clothes. Finally, we called it a night and clambered into our tents for the last time this trip.

NY-Montreal Trekkers Celebrate 4th of July and Their Last Day in the U.S.

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Blog Day 11:
What’s better than a long day of riding your bikes? A short day of biking mixed in with swimming in Lake Champlain, 2 ferry rides, McDonald’s ice cream, and watching fireworks on the beach. Let’s start with our first non-cycling activity…

Recommended to us by another Teen Treks leader (Chloe), we rolled out of camp at 9am not headed towards our final destination, but instead to Lone Rock Point only a mile north of us. We had to dismount our heavily-packed touring bikes to traverse the rough terrain of the hiking paths that lead to the tip of the miniature peninsula, but the added effort turned out to be more than worth the strife it took to get there. Gazing over the ledge of 30ft cliffs, we were amazed that such a body of water could actually be deemed a “lake.” Kali was the first to find the trail down to the water, and from there the entire group eventually filtered down as well. Several of us even swam out to a nearby rock island and clambered our way up. We were lucky enough to be joined by Tyler and Jordan this morning, who took several pictures of the occasion.

As afternoon settled in, we rode a swift 2 miles to the nearest Hannaford’s and bought lunch and our next couple of meals. We then rode 22 miles of a mixture of bike paths that crossed Lake Champlain and the Empire State Trail (once we landed via ferry back on the NY side).

Properly air-conditioned and full of vanilla soft serve, we retired at the Cumberland Bay Campground. There, we spent hours jamming out to throwback music until the group took their dinner over to the beach to watch a canopy of fireworks going on all around the lake. Happy Fourth of July from the NYM trekkers!

NY-Montreal Trekkers Shop & Play in Burlington,VT

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Blog Day 10:
Today, we rode a solid 33 miles into the heart of the city of Burlington, VT. On the way, we stopped at Little City Cycles for two new racks, more friendship bracelet creations, and some light journaling and reading. Utilizing Burlington’s extensive two-lane bike paths, we rode along the coast of Lake Champlain onward to the nearest beach. Only a couple miles from the downtown area, we decided to take to foot and roamed the streets of Burlington. Some of the guys went to the local music store (Avi finally got to play the drums and Caleb bought a harmonica). The rest of us explored a giant outdoor sports outlet and walked around some more. As our stomachs began to growl, we hopped back on our bikes and rode another short mile into North Beach Campground and started the process of cooking dinner (fried rice with meat and vegetables). Unfortunately at this point, we discovered that we were down to about half a can of propane left. So each leader (and Elliot) set off on two separate expeditions to purchase fresh fuel for our hardworking cook crew. By the end of the night, everyone was full of fried rice, peach pudding pie (courtesy of our dessert chef, Caleb), and the sounds of fireworks going off nearby. We’re all looking forward to more miles on the bike path tomorrow and celebrating the Fourth of July.

NY-Montreal Trekkers Cross State Lines

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Blog Day 9:
Today we crossed state lines! Rising bright and early at 6am, the NYM trekkers biked a mere 0.3 miles to the Lake George Steamboat Company. We then ate a carbo-licious breakfast on the dock as we waited to load our bikes and bodies on the 2.5 hour long ferry ride across Lake George. On the way, we met a young couple also biking from NYC to Montreal and making a pit stop in Burlington in a couple of nights (they are the kind folks who receive this photo credit). On the boat, we made friendship bracelets, chatted, and looked out at the amazing views across the water. A short ride from the Ticonderoga dock, we hit up a Walmart Supercenter to stock up on lunch food, more granola bars, groceries, and a new sponge for Rohan. Elliot then worked with Atticus on his bike rack while the rest of the group drank Mio-infused water in the shade. Finally, all bikes were fixed, packed, and ready to roll. One (far shorter) ferry ride, 10 miles of dirt road, and 22 miles of rolling hills on the Champlain Bike route later, we arrived at Button Bay campground. Pitching tents that were equidistant from the bathrooms and Lake Champlain, we took a combination of lake and sink baths to wash away the day’s grime. Cook crew then made us an Asian-inspired meal of ramen noodle soup with bok choy, miso broth, scallions, and red chili sauce. Fried Oreos followed suit as an American-inspired dessert. All in all, another good day for NYM.

NY-Montreal Trekkers Do Lake George

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Blog Post Day 8:

Fueled by an endless supply of mini bagels, Hannafords, and Stewart’s ice cream, we biked country roads, trails, and along the shore of Lake George. Today the crew was accompanied en route by Katie & Trevor, who documented some epic moments on the trip (namely the topsy-turvy human pyramid). Along the road, we made a pit stop at Rick’s Bike Shop for some quality tune-ups, parts upgrades, and—in the case of Rohan—a solid nap. 7 miles post bike shop, we parked on Million Dollar Beach. Half the crew swam in the gentle waves of Lake George while the other half soaked in the sun on the grass. We then made camp and returned to the boardwalk “town” for some window-shopping with empty bicycles (“Wow, it’s so light!”). Back at camp, our cool crew made some restaurant-grade burritos as the sun began to finally set.