By Willard Vietze
Howdy, friends! Today is a bittersweet day at Apogee – I will be relinquishing my blog duties for the week to enter the field! In the meantime, enjoy the wordsmithery of Ezra and H.A.G.S (have a great summer). I will surely miss updating you on our trips whereabouts and all the fun being had around the world. Today was a day of notable milestones: several trips started up again, ACC1 reached the lone star state, AXAB completed the Tour du Mont Blanc, multiple trips crossed borders, and one group attended prom. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen goodnight!
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The Cape & Islanders gathered in Wakefield to begin their nautical adventure. Leaders Ben and Rachel are excited to belt sea shanties into the salty air, quote Spongebob extensively, and show their group the myriad wonders of the deep blue sea. Stay tuned for pictures tomorrow!
NEMC rafted the Kennebec in West Forks Maine today! They safely shredded the white water and finished the day with grilled steaks, rice, and beans. Yum!
The mountaineers partook in a gorgeous hike along Lumpy Ridge – aptly named for its (you guessed it) lumpy ridge line. Overheard while hiking: “Why is it so lumpy?”
CSA convened at the San Juan airport before heading into Puerto Rico’s lush central mountains. Expect: service, pristine beaches, majestic creatures (maybe manatees?), winning smiles, and mofongo (Guy Fieri’s favorite Puerto Rican dish).
Our essayists spent the day hiking and taking inspiration from mother nature’s raw beauty a la Henry David Theroux. Don’t worry – they won’t come back looking like hermits!
The Vermontrealers gathered in Manchvegas before rolling over to Vermont to begin their quest through Shire-esque landscapes. Fun fact: leader Carter does an exquisite Samwise Gamgee impression.
MSA had a lovely Saturday of service in Glacier National Park today, after biking the iconic “Going to the Sun Road,” featured in Stanley Kubrick’s fun family film The Shining, yesterday. The word “magical” has been thrown around quite a bit these last few days. We have some great pictures of yesterday’s gorgeous views!
NWX Alpha donned their best thrift store attire last night for “Apo Prom” – safe to say they are one stylish bunch. Today they rode in their van (on a ferry) to the San Juan Islands to begin their sea kayaking adventuring.
NWXB continued their exploration of Olympic National Park’s epic backcountry. They can’t wait to send pictures of Hoh Rain Forest’s lush flora and share their newfound love of moss.
PCA was undoubtedly treated to gorgeous views and delicious meals along today’s route – but sadly, no photographic evidence of it made its way to our little ol’ HQ here in Maine. Fingers crossed tomorrow brings more great riding with a side of cell service!
PCB had a record breaking day – 66 miles! – and enjoyed a lovely lunch on the beach. Sadly, service was spotty so pictures are elusive, but we can’t wait for them to arrive in the coming days as they approach their final destination!
The highlanders finally had their chance to search for Nessie on Scotland’s Loch Ness. Their lives will now center around an endless quest to find Nessie. They also explored Urquhart Castle, a Scottish classic.
AX Avocado made the short, steep trek to the Swiss border and the Swiss side of the Val Ferret. It was a bonafide bonzanza of flowering meadows, wooded hamlets, glacial streams, cheese dreams, and mediocre yodeling.
AX Bravo arose with the sun to complete the Tour du Mont Blanc after 17 tough kilometers. They took a fun picture in front of Trient’s pink church before making their way back to Fiesch. It was a day of tremendous apogees and apoges (Nick Cunetta joke)!
ECCA crossed the Rhine into Germany today, getting their first taste of the Black Forest- home of some really delicious ham. Word is: Red will trade out his eccentric biking uniforms for traditional lederhosen.
ECCB rode into Strasbourg today after 75 rolling kilometers. Fun fact: Strasbourg, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the official seat of the European Parliament, is the sister city of Boston, home of baked beans and Matt Damon.
Newsflash: photo evidence of an ACC tradition has just trickled in. ACC1 left their mark on the Walls family’s table two days ago, followed by ACC2 today. Today they crushed 90 miles to reach Texarkana, a town split between which two states?
ACC2 was greeted in El Dorado Arkansas (named after Disney’s beloved The Road to El Dorado) by ACC1’s colorful paint hands. They are excited to have a relaxing day of rest tomorrow and ride into Texas on Monday.