Day 26: Endings, Beginnings, and Some Middles, Too!

It’s a big day for Apogee! We have two trips ending and five more starting up out west and in Puerto Rico. Here at HQ we are glued to our flight trackers and phones as we stay in touch with our leaders further afield. They are all waiting eagerly at airports, ready to greet their new groups. Meanwhile, several trips here in the east are saying their final goodbyes and enjoying those sweet final moments of a great trip. CQ, CMC, ECC, and ACC are all still rolling, crushing their miles on the bikes and on the trail. All in all, life is good! 

Sometimes getting airport pictures can be hectic, so we’re not making any promises, but we’ll post what we have and be sure to keep you updated in the coming days. Enjoy!

NEMC: Today was the wrap-day for our beloved NEMC2, and Phil and Emma just loved this trip. They took a bunch of great photos last night, both in Portland and at camp. What could be more perfect than a pizza dinner, evening on the beach, and night under the stars? Goodbyes were tough, but everyone had a great time–we can’t wait to hear all the stories!

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VMA: Rosa seems to have found some wi-fi! She sent some pictures from yesterday’s ride into Montreal–how beautiful! Looks like they decided to wake up for a sunrise ride into the city, in true Apogee form! Rock on!

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VMB: Victoria and Matt seem not to have found the same magical internet source as Rosa and Noah (we promise we’ll post photos as soon as they cross back into the States tomorrow), but their crew has also arrived safely in Montreal and is spending the day exploring the city! Ils sont là!

CSA: Hannah and Dylan’s second crew arrives today–we aren’t sure if they’ll have time to snap a photo, but we’ll keep you posted. I know they had a great first round and are just stoked to meet the new group.


CQA:  Lizzie and Ben’s group rolled into the charming village of Camden this afternoon (shh, don’t tell Wiscasset, but we think Camden just might be the “prettiest little village in Maine…”).  They’re dealing with some photo-sending issues this afternoon, but we’ll do our best to post anything they’re able to send out later tonight or tomorrow morning.  They’ve got their first day largely off the bikes tomorrow doing service with the Coastal Mountains Land Trust – should be a great day for it! 


CQB: I woke up this morning to the sound of my phone buzzing with a steady stream of text messages. On support staff, this could mean a variety of things, but I was happy too see a stream of photos from Posie documenting her group’s evening at Chewonki and their delicious Apogee breakfast–self-designed breakfast sandwiches!

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DEX:  Izzy, John, and their Dexterous DEXsters came off of the water today after three days of picture-perfect Maine weather.  We couldn’t have scripted it any better!  It was ice cream and showers this afternoon – tomorrow, they’re shipping out and heading further down the coast to Acadia National Park.  All reports are fantastic!

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CMC: CC and Jack’s group is still in the backcountry, folks. We just have to keep being patient for those Yosemite pictures…

NWXA & B:  It’s trip-start day out there in Seattle.  Sea-Tac is awash in hiking boots and backpacks as Kelly and Garth (NWXA) and Mia and Jeremy (NWXB) get the party started this afternoon.  Here’s a shot of both groups – Kelly and Garth are on top.

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PC:  Getting their own party started down the coast in Eugene, Tim and Ally are saying their hellos, too.  After the pick-ups are done, these guys are lighting out for the coast! 


ECC: Our ECC crew is making its way across the Alps, now with a stop in the Hamlet of Landeck, where they will spend Tuesday working on a cleanup project with a local youth group. They reported a terrific day today – which included their first huge Alpine pass.  No problem – they were in to camp by 3:00!  They finally were able to send us a picture from the weekend–this shot is of the group in front of the Lake of Constance (Bodensee) in the city of Lindau. Wunderbar!


ACC1:  Today was the first of several big climbing days as they notch off the miles towards the Continental Divide.  Here’s a shot of the gang taking in the view after their first big climb of the day.  Tonight – the many delights of Carizzozo, New Mexico!


ACC2:  Leaving Texas behind is hard in country songs – less so for cross-country riders.  Mike, McKayla and Co. were psyched to ride right over the border into New Mexico.  Just three little ol’ states to go!