Returned from high adventure
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Tue, 6 Aug 1996 18:45:03 -0500
I am back on Scouts-L after about a two week absense.
I was involved in the final stage of a bicycle trip to Toronto Canada from
DeKalb, Illinois, a distance of about 800 miles. We did the trip in four
We had used three weekends earlier this summer to complete the first 400
miles of the trip. 1st weekend we were slowed by rain, the 2nd weekend
we endured 100 degree heat, the 3rd weekend was actually nice weather.
The final 400 mile section of bicycling took us 7 days to complete.
Mileage ranged from 30 to 80 miles/day depending on terrain and weather.
(Our 30 mile day was cut short by lightning and rain).
Five of the days were spent bicycling in the USA, with the last two in
We pedaled through high hills, windswept lakeshore, Amish country, wine
country, and finally the beautiful countryside of Ontario. The final
stretch of biking was done on the Waterfront Trail stretching between the
cities of Hamilton and Toronto along Lake Ontario. We literally could
bike all the way up to the CN Tower/SkyDome complex where we officially
ended our trek.
We also enjoyed some additional days sightseeing at Niagara Falls and
Toronto, plus a full day at Canada's Wonderland Amusement Park. We spent
three nights at Camp Woodland Trails near Aurora, Ontario operated by the
Greater Toronto Region of Scouts Canada. Excellent facility.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Last year we blazed a 550 mile route from DeKalb, Illinois to St. Louis,
Missouri by way of bicycle (325 miles) and canoe (200 miles). In the
coming years we will add more sections completing a coast to coast link
across North America by the year 2000. The 13 year olds that started
last summer on this project will be 18 by then.
We also had part of our troop at summer camp at Camp Lowden near Oregon,
Illinois during this same time period, plus two other crews at Boundary
Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota. We managed to keep all three programs
This was our busy time. I am now unwinding from all this and catching up
on paperwork awaiting our next adventures to finish out the summer.
Why do the best parts of the year fly by so fast?
Glad to be back.
YIS, Cliff Golden email@example.com
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City