Peddie Bicycle Touring 2011: June 7-13, 15-21
Riding Backroads into the Country. Home
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Following the route of last five years’ sophomore ride and the inspiration of the “Trail of Tears” cycling trip in 2004, and the 1996, 1998, and 2000 cycling trips of The Principio Project, the Peddie Bike Ride 2011 is focused on enabling younger Peddie students to experience their country first hand, country that they, and much of modern America, could otherwise easily forget. A group trip in all respects, students not only ride each day’s route and explore the countryside but also plan menus, shop, cook, clean, and manage their own success and the success of the group, under the guidance of veteran Peddie faculty. [Is the trip fun? Rich? Challenging? Worth the time? Click for participants’ testimony.]
This year we pedal out of Hightstown and head south to Bordentown, where we’ll load up in vehicles and leapfrog over suburban Philadelphia to a campground south of Reading. Then we’ll cycle through Lancaster County and Amish country, cross the Susquehanna, head west below York and into Gettysburg, and then climb into the mountains west of Gettysburg. From Blue Ridge Summit we’ll turn south into the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland. We’ll then drive into Washington, but finish our cycling with a tour down the National Mall, finishing at the foot of the Capitol. Cool.
Each day begins with breakfast, breaking camp, a map meeting, and, just prior to departure, the “Rumination,” or question of the day [“Does the land make the people, or do the people make the land?”] Cycling through the morning, stopping for a leisurely lunch along the road, we generally arrive at our campsite mid afternoon. The day’s food crews departs either after lunch or on arrival at camp to shop for that evening’s dinner, and the next day’s breakfast and lunch. Others enjoy the campsite, spending time making camp, writing in journals, comparing notes on the day’s trip. Dinner is a focus for everyone, and evening campfires, and the stories, songs, and camaraderie they engender, finish the day. The next morning, we happily do it again!
Important also are the cultural, historical, and geographic opportunities along the way. For example, we explore the town of Intercourse, PA, and we stop and examine the exhibits and then cycle the battleground of Gettysburg. We also stop to “smell the roses” along the way, easy to do amidst the work of Amish farmland in Lancaster County, or along the forested mountain ridge carrying the Appalachian Trail through Maryland, or from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where Marian Anderson sang and Martin Luther King, Jr. preached.
The cost of this seven day trip is $425. Following February sign-ups, a $100 deposit secures as spot, with the balance due by June 1. Make checks payable to “Peddie School,” with “Bike Trip” in the memo.
document update: January 31, 2011 by Patrick J. Clements email@example.com
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