By: Olivia Box
We’ve got quite the collection of stories and photos for our faithful readers today! On this day, there are only two West Coast trips running, as many wrapped up yesterday. Never fear, we have plenty to report from California, the Northeast, down south in Texas, and across the pond in Europe. Today’s blog is hiking-heavy with four groups hiking in our beloved Maine and two in California! But of course we have Cape Cod and the Islands, Vermont to Montreal, America Coast to Coast, and Europe Coast to Coast to get our daily biking fix.
Skip to a Specific Trip: MCJ, CI, CRM, CSA, MCP, DEXA, DEXB, VM, CRLS, CMCA, CMCB, ECCA, ECCB, ACC1, ACC2
It’s biking time for MCJA! To the carriage roads they went, spending the morning in one of Acadia’s hidden gems. They’ve become true biking machines! After a refreshing swim, they spent the afternoon exploring Bar Harbor.
MCJB did a full day hike in Acadia today, getting some views from Bubble Mountain (while of course, blowing bubbles). To continue the full Maine experience, they got some views of the ocean in the afternoon. It was a little bit of everything for MCJB today!
Back to the boats! CI took the ferry from Nantucket and settled into Cape life in Brewster. They biked from the dock in Hyannis to Brewster, a shorter ride after their big challenge day yesterday. The rest of the trip will be spent on the Cape, biking to beaches, coastal villages, and likely eating some of the best ice cream on the Cape!
The crew woke up to the sounds of Leaders Gracie and Tim singing joyously. Why? Because it’s service day! They did trail work in the morning with Boulder Open Spaces, scraping logs and clearing Christmas trees. The rest of the afternoon was spent touring the city, and tonight they’ll share a final dinner together. Time flies!
CSA had their first day of service at the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, spending the morning working in the greenhouse. This afternoon, they had the opportunity to go snorkeling. What an introduction to the island!
With a morning photo lesson from Apogee’s photographer, Gabe, MCP is off to a strong start! The rest of the day was spent at Pemaquid Point lighthouse. They spent their first afternoon with cameras in hand exploring a lighthouse and the ocean. Can’t wait to see them show off their pictures at their photo exhibition!
DEXA moved off the water and drove further east, towards Acadia National Park. They had a great couple of days kayaking and are gearing up for exploration of Acadia in the next couple of days. Hikes and new ocean views, coming right up!
DEXB is gettin’ backcountry! For the next 2 days they are cruising along the Appalachian Trail (AT) as they head towards Baxter State Park. This is a special portion of the AT, as it looms beneath grand Mount Katahdin which this crew will get to explore shortly.
It’s a day off the bikes for VM, but it’s a packed day all the same! The crew did service this morning, cleaning up a beach with the Burlington department of Parks and Recreation. This afternoon, they spent time walking around the great city of Burlington, home to plenty of good ice cream (wink, wink). Tomorrow, they’ll continue their ride north to Canada.
Ah, Spanish By The River. CRLS spent the morning in the classroom perfecting their Spanish skills. This afternoon, they did some service in the local community.
What time is it? Trail time! CMCA spent the day hiking in Big Trees State Park, where we predict they will see some big trees. This hike is their “practice” hike before they embark for the upcoming backcountry portion in Yosemite. Not enough cell service for pictures today, but we’re looking forward to some Big Tree photos tomorrow!
CMCB is deep into the back country of Yosemite, soaking up all the best things the park has to offer: untouched wilderness, views of waterfalls, and of course more GIGANTIC trees. We’re counting down the days until we receive pictures from this crew!
The ECCA group enjoyed a ride through the heart of the Alps today. Biking through the Alps is challenging that’s for sure, but well worth it! Today provided some stellar views of the best of Europe. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
95 km into Gaschurn, Austria today! The views were just gorgeous as they pedal their way into the Alps. Gashurn is known for great skiing, so there’s no shortage of hills in the area!
Rest day no more! ACC1 was up and early, wasting to time getting back to biking.They rode from Jacksboro to Throckmorton. Just three more days of riding in Texas!
95 miles for ACC today into Jacksboro, Texas! It was a hilly riding day, but it was no match for ACC2. They stopped in Munster for the can’t-be-missed strudel, which provided all of the necessary fuel for this killer ride. After all of this hard work, tomorrow’s rest day will be much appreciated.