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OUR BICYCLING ADVENTURES

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  • Amboy to Leaf River, Illinois --- (50 miles)...2005 - -
  • Amboy to Port Byron, Illinois --- (62.5 miles)...2005 - -
  • Anapee Trail; Wisconsin...1983 click here - -
  • Billings, Montana to Aberdeen, South Dakota --- (550 miles) ...1998 - -
  • Billings, Montana to Couer d'Alene, Idaho --- (530 miles) ...2001 - -
  • Buffalo, New York to Portland, Maine --- (500 miles) ...1999 - -
  • Calumet Trail; Indiana...1993 click here - -
  • Canyonlands National Park; Utah... 2004 click here - -
  • DeKalb to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana (120 miles)...1993,1996 - -
  • DeKalb to Kirkland, Illinois --- (40 miles)...1999 - -
  • DeKalb to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin ---(75 miles)...1998 - -
  • DeKalb to Morris, Illinois ---(100k)...1995 - -
  • DeKalb to Oregon, Illinois --- (50 or 100 miles RT)...1999,2001,2005 - -
  • DeKalb to Port Clinton, Ohio ---(400 miles)...1993 - -
  • DeKalb to Rock Cut State Park, Illinois ---(40 miles)...1998 - -
  • DeKalb to Shabbona Lake State Park, Illinois ---(20 miles)...many years - -
  • DeKalb to Silver Springs State Park, Illinois ---(50k/100k)...1993,1995, 1999 - -
  • DeKalb to Springfield, Illinois ---(200 miles)...1998 - -
  • DeKalb to St Louis, Missouri ---(325 miles)...1995 - -
  • DeKalb to St Paul, Minnesota ---(375 miles)...1997 - -
  • DeKalb to Starved Rock State Park, IL ---(100k)...1993,1995,1998,1999,2004 - -
  • DeKalb to Thunder Bay Ontario Canada --- (410 miles)...2005 click here - -
  • DeKalb to Toronto, Ontario Canada ---(800 miles)...1996 - -
  • Door County Bicycle Tour; Wisconsin...1982,1983,1987 click here - -
  • Elroy-Sparta Trail; Wisconsin ---(32 miles)...many years click here - -
  • Fox River Trail; Illinois ---(35 miles)...many years click here - -
  • Great River Road; Illinois...1995,1997 click here - -
  • Great River Road; Iowa...1997,1999 click here - -
  • Great River Road; Missouri...1995 click here - -
  • Great River Road; Wisconsin...1997 click here - -
  • Great Western Trail; Illinois ---(20 miles)...many years click here - -
  • Haleakala National Park; Hawaii ---(38 miles) ...2004 click here - -
  • Illinois & Michigan Canal Trail; Illinois ---(various sections) click here - -
  • Illinois Prairie Path; Illinois ---(various sections)...many years click here - -
  • John Muir Trail; Kettle Moraine State Park, Wisconsin...1995,1997,1999 click here - -
  • Killington Peak; Vermont ...2003 click here - -
  • Long Prairie Trail; Illinois ---(12 miles)...1998 click here - -
  • Memphis TN to New Orleans, LA ---(500 miles)...2006 click here - -
  • Moab, UT - Lathrop Canyon Trail --- Mountain Biking - -
  • Moab, UT - Shafer Trail --- Mountain Biking - -
  • Moab, UT - White Rim Trail --- Mountain Biking - -
  • Montreal, Canada Bike Tour ...1999 click here - -
  • Nice, France to Monte Carlo, Monaco...1985 click here - -
  • St Louis to Memphis; Tennessee ---(200 miles)...2000 click here - -
  • St Paul to Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada ---(400 miles)...2005 click here - -
  • Sugar River State Trail; New Glarus, Wisconsin ---(25 miles) click here - -
  • Sunset Trail; Peninsula State Park, Wisconsin...1983 click here - -
  • Towpath Trail; Cuyahoga Nat Rec Area, Ohio...1996 click here - -
  • Virgil Gilman Trail; Illinois...2001 click here


    TRIP DESCRIPTIONS

    Black Jack 100k (63 miles)
    -- Cost = $15.00
    This route begins in Hanover, Illinois then north along the Blackjack road to Galena, Illinois, west to Dubuque, Iowa, and north to Balltown, Iowa. Lunch in Balltown, Iowa is one of the highlights. The terrain is very hilly with river bluffs up to 500 feet in height. It is beautiful countryside with incredible views of the Mississippi river. We usually camp overnight at Mississippi Palisades State Park the night before the ride.

    Canyonlands Ride (26 miles)
    -- Cost = $55.00 shuttle + $38.00 bike rental
    We did this in 2004. This mountain bike trip began at Island in the Sky at Canyonlands National Park and ended on the banks of the Colorado River. We rode sections of the Shafer Trail, White Rim Trail, and Lathrop Canyon Trail. We rented bikes through Slick Rock Cycles and contracted a White Rim Mountain Bike Shuttle to Island in the Sky, with a later pick-up at the Colorado River by jetboat through Tag-Along Expeditions of Moab. There are long sections of uphill in desert heat, biking along 1,000 foot drops, and incredible scenery. Island in the Sky is where you begin the gorgeous descent down Shafer Trail, a historic cattle trail and 4X4 road. The Shafer Trail is literally cut into the side of the canyon wall with tight switchbacks and awesome views. As we reached the middle level of the Island in the Sky, we passed Musselman Arch and the Walking Rocks area. We biked deep inside Canyonlands National Park where we passed natural bridges and other geologic wonders as we skirted even deeper canyons. They say bighorn sheep make Island in the Sky their home. There are memorable overlooks of the Colorado River and the canyons it cuts through. Itís a day of world-class mountain biking in some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet! After the biking was over, the jetboat took us through 25-miles of breathtaking canyon scenery on the Colorado River enroute back to Moab. We saw Canyonlands National Park literally from top to bottom. Bring along plenty of water; 3 liters/person recommended.

    East Coast Iron Man Ride (575 miles)
    -- Cost = $350.00
    We did this trip in 1999. Our 500 mile route began at Buffalo, New York and ended at the Atlantic Ocean at Portland, Maine. We first bicycled 4 days from Buffalo to Albany, New York. We took some a break spending 2 nights camping in the Adirondacks with a full day of sightseeing in Montreal, Canada. We visited Fort Ticonderoga briefly before returning to our ride. We spent the next 4 days bicycling through Vermont and across the Green Mountains, then across New Hampshire and the White Mountains. The final portion through Maine brought us to Portland where we biked to the Atlantic to dip our wheels in the ocean. We celebrated with a fine meal at Gilbert's Chowder house. We also visited Portland Head Lighthouse. A short visit to Boston allowed us to tour the USS Constitution. We enjoyed sightseeing in New York City where we visited the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Broadway, Times Square, Intrepid Air/Sea/Space Museum, and Coney Island where we rode the legendary Cyclone roller coaster and ate hot dogs at Nathans. It was a great time and a challenging adventure.

    Elroy-Sparta Trail; Wisconsin (32 miles)
    -- Cost = varies
    Visit the Elroy Sparta website here. The trail is 32 miles in length on the abandoned Chicago & North Western Railroad bed and passes through three rock tunnels. The Kendall and Wilton tunnels are ľ mile long and the Norwalk tunnel is ĺ mile long. The trail is covered with limestone screenings and provides a smooth riding surface. The bridges are covered with planks and are guarded with railings. It is a weekend camping from DeKalb. We usually like to camp at Wilton Campground, a community campground in Wilton, Wisconsin. At the campground is a swimming pool, the Lions serve breakfast on Sunday during the summer season, and it's right at the mid-point of the trail. We can bike to Elroy end and return the first day, then to the Sparta end and return on the second day for 64 miles of biking. Trail passes are required for bikers 16 years of age and older. A daily trail pass is $4 and an annual pass is $15. These are good on any Wisconsin State Trails. Bike rentals are available.

    Haleakala Volcano Ride; Maui Hawaii (38 miles)
    -- Cost = $25.00 to $100.00
    We stared into the crater of Mount Haleakala and mounted our bicycles amid 40-mph winds. Speeding down a dormant volcano on mountain bikes, miles of twisting roads beckoning, we looked out upon a span of billowing clouds outstretched beneath us to the horizon. It was the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground.
    Haleakala means "House of the Sun" in Hawaiian. If you have the opportunity to be standing on the rim of the crater at sunrise or sunset, you will understand how it got it's name. There is an cottage industry based on guiding bike riders from the crater of Haleakala down 10,000 vertical feet to the ocean. Nine different companies offer guided tours. You can easily spend $100/person. We used Maui Sunriders. The owner Paolo is a great person. We rented the equipment for 24 hours; bikes, helmets, and bike racks and did our own self-guided tour for about $25.00/rider.

    Killington Peak; Vermont
    -- Cost = $70.00(?)
    This is a mountain biking experience at one of Vermont premier ski areas. In summer you can ride the gondola ski lift to the top of the mountain where you can enjoy a view of 5 states and Canada as well as a variety of mountain bike routes down the mountain, ranging from gravel road to single track through woodlands. With 41 miles of mountain terrain for cyclists of all experience levels, killington is a mountain which has a lot to offer. You can buy a pass and rent a bike onsite. Here is a website with information on the various trails on Killington.

    Kirkland Ride (40 miles)
    -- Cost = Free
    This is a 40 mile route from DeKalb to Kirkland and return. The terrain is flat, rural on hard surface roads. We eat lunch in Kirkland.

    Lakefront Trail; Chicago, Illinois
    -- Cost = Free
    Chicago's Lakefront Trail runs about 20 miles along Lake Michigan, with connections to more trails. Fantastic views of the lake and Chicago skyline. Besides biking we make stops at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and also Navy Pier for a great lunch stop. The trail also goes past the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium, McCormick Place, Soldier Field, and just a few blocks away are Buckingham Fountain, Millennium Park and the Art Institute. They sometimes have free concerts in Grant Park. It is a truly beautiful ride. Going south the trail also goes by the Museum of Science & Industry and ends at the South Shore Country Club. Lakefront Trail
    It's good to do this ride early in the season before the beaches open and the trail gets too crowded. The southern portion below McCormick Place is the least crowded portion of the trail.
    If you're coming to Chicago without bikes, you can rent bikes at Navy Pier from "Bike Chicago", and also at some beach locations. They rent by the hour, half day, or full day. Bike Chicago
    We bring our own bikes. We run it as a FREE trip and tell the boys to either bring sack lunches or enough money for two meals.

    Lake Geneva Ride (80 miles)
    -- Cost = Free
    This is an 80 mile route from DeKalb to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Our route is mostly flat, rural, on hard surface roads. Some small towns we pass for bathrooms and refreshments include; Kirkland, Garden Prairie, and Capron in Illinois; plus Sharon, Walworth, and Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.

    Lake Shabbona Ride (25 miles)
    -- Cost = Free
    This is an early season ride of 25 miles. The route takes us from DeKalb, Illinois to Lake Shabbona State Park near Shabbona, Illinois. Terrain is flat, rural, hard surface roads.

    New Orleans Iron Man Ride (500 miles)- 2006
    This ride was done in 2006 and is approximately 500 miles stretching from Memphis, Tennessee to the outskirts of New Orleans, Louisiana. Our route took us across Mississippi, from Memphis southeast to Tupelo then southwest along the historic Nachez Trace to Port Gibson, then southeast again toward New Orleans. The trip was a bike-a-thon to raise money for libraries damaged by Hurricane Katrina. A highlight came in New Orleans when our cycling team presented a check for $3,000 to the American Library Association at the opening ceremony of their national convention. Click here to learn more about out ride.

    Minnesota Iron Man Ride (230 miles)
    -- Cost = $100.00
    This ride was done in 1999 and is approximately 230 miles stretching from Aberdeen, South Dakota to the outskirts of the Twin Cities. Our route took us through Aberdeen, Stratford, Conde, Crocker, Bradley, Wallace, Florence, and Watertown, South Dakota; then east to Montevideo, and Long Lake, Minnesota. Sightseeing included the Mall of America. An unexpected highlight came one day when our route coincided with a biker ralley and we shared the road with 300 Harley Davidson motorcycles.

    Oregon Century (100 miles)
    -- Cost = Free
    This is a 100 mile century ride circling from DeKalb to Oregon, Illinois and return. Our route is mostly flat with some hills on the western portion on rural hard surface roads. Small towns passed along the way; Malta, Creston, Rochelle, Flag Center, Daysville, Oregon, Holcomb, Lindenwood, Esmond, Clare, and DeKalb. Some notable landmarks we pass are the Blackhawk Statue at Lowden State Park, and the Byron Nuclear Power Plant. We have lunch in Oregon which is near the mid-point of the ride. Bikers can also recruit sponsor per mile as a fundraiser. This is optional with about 50% of riders raising money

    Plano 50k/100k Ride (31 miles/62 miles)
    -- Cost = Free
    It is 50k one way, 100k round trip, either option is available. Our route is mostly flat, rural, on hard surface roads. Town visited are DeKalb, Hinckley, and Plano. Hinckley is near the mid-point on the route. Just 3 miles south of Plano is Silver Springs State Park on the Fox River. We have lunch in Plano.

    Thunder Bay Iron Man 2005 (410 miles)
    -- Cost = $300.00
    Our route took us biking 410 miles from Hager City, Wisconsin to Thunder Bay, Onatario mostly on hard surface roads. Towns visited included, Hinckley and Duluth, Minnesota, then following the shoreline of Lake Superior, and north across the Canadian Shield to Thunder Bay. This was the northern anchor of our north-south route across America. In 2006 we completed the Memphis-New Orleans section. Click here for more information

    Windy 60 Bicyle Tour (63 miles)
    -- Cost = $12.00 This route begins in DeKalb, Illinois and circles DeKalb County with 3 different length rides, 20 miles, 43 miles, or 63 miles. It takes place on Fathers Day weekend and is sponsored by the DeKalb Cycling Club and includes a t-shirt, sag wagon support and snacks. The routes are on flat terrain on hard surface roads with little traffic. Here's the website for the Windy 60


    SOME GREAT CYCLING LINKS
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  • American Ciycling Network
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  • Ask the Mechanic:
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  • Bicycle Shops in Illinois
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  • Bicycle Tour Checklist:
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  • BicycleTour.Com
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  • The Bicycle Trader
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  • Bicycle Transit Authority
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  • Bicycling Clubs in the United States:
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  • Bicycling Community Page:
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  • Bike Forums:
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  • Bike Lane
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  • Bike Parts USA
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  • Bike-A-Log
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  • BikeSutra.Com
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  • Biking.ch Link Directory
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  • Canyonlands National Park - Biking
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  • Chainlink:
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  • Chicago Bike Map:
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  • Cybercycling:
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  • Cycle Expo:
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  • Cyclo-therapist
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  • Elroy-Sparta Trail, Wisconsin
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  • Go Ride!:
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  • GORP Bicycling Page:
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  • Greg Lemond
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  • Illinois Bike Paths & Maps
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  • Illinois Bike Shops
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  • Illinois League of Bicyclists
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  • Illinois Mississippi River Trail
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  • Illinois Mtn. Biking Maps & Trails
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  • International Mountain Biking Association
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  • Lance Armstrong
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  • League of American Cyclists:
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  • League of Illinois Bicyclists
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  • MTB Live
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  • Mountain Biking Nonstop:
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  • National Off-Road Bicycle Associaiton (NORBA):
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  • RAGBRAI
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  • Ride Midwest Page
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  • Two Spokes Bike Forum
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  • USA Cycling:
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  • WWW Bicycle Lane:
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  • West Virginia Rails to Trails Council:
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  • Windy 60 Ride
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  • Yahoo's Cycling Links:

  • BICYCLE MANUFACTURERS
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  • Aegis bicycles
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  • Bianchi bicycles
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  • Bow bicycles
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  • Cannondale bicycles
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  • Condor bicycles
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  • Da Vinci tandem bicycles
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  • Diamondback bicycles
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  • Dynacraft bicycles
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  • Elite bicycles
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  • Fisher bicycles
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  • Fuji bicycles
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  • Future Cycles recumbents
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  • GT bicycles
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  • Giant bicycles
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  • Huffy bicycles,br> - -
  • Jamis bicycles
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  • K2 bicycles
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  • Kestrel bicycles
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  • Klein bicycles
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  • Kona bicycles
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  • Landrider bicycles
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  • Lemond bicycles
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  • Litespeed bicycles
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  • Marin bicycles
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  • Mongoose bicycles
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  • Raleigh bicycles
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  • Schwinn bicycles
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  • Specialized bicycles
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  • Trek bicycles
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  • Univega bicycles
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  • Voodoo bicycles
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    ANNUAL BICYCLING
    ACTIVITIES BY TROOP 33


    2006 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001 -
    2000 - 1999 - 1998 - 1997 - 1996 - 1995 -


    ANNUAL RIDING

    
    2006.....763 miles.....6 rides
    2005.....689 miles.....6 rides
    2004.....190 miles.....6 rides
    2003......50 miles.....2 rides
    2002......75 miles.....2 rides
    2001.....786 miles.....9 rides
    2000.....524 miles.....7 rides
    1999....1272 miles....10 rides
    1998.....955 miles.....7 rides
    1997.....655 miles.....9 rides
    1996.....960 miles.....7 rides
    1995.....538 miles.....6 rides
    



    Troop 33 Scouts have bicycled many places:
    United States
        Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana,     Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan,     Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana,     New Hampshsire, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania,     South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin. International Locations
        France, Monaco, Canada in Ontario and Quebec.



    2006 Bicycling Activities
    - - April......Great western Ride................42 miles...IL - - May........St Charles Ride...................43 miles...IL - - May........Crystal Lake Ride.................63 miles...IL - - May........St Charles Ride...................52 miles...IL - - June.......Oregon Ride.......................63 miles...IL - - June.......New Orleans Iron Man.............500 miles...TN/MS/LA



    2005 Bicycling Activities
    - - April......Chicago Lakefront Ride............40 miles...IL - - May........St Charles Ride...................63 miles...IL - - May........Oregon Bike Ride..................50 miles...IL - - May........Port Byron Ride...................63 miles...IL - - June.......Leaf River Ride...................63 miles...IL - - June.......Thunder Bay Iron Man.............410 miles...MN/WI/Ontario



    2004 Bicycling Activities
    - - April......Shabbona Bike Ride................25 miles...IL - - June.......Great Western.....................25 miles...IL - - June.......Mt Haleakala on Maui..............25 miles...HI - - July.......Shafer, White Rim, Lathrop Canyon.20 miles...UT - - September..Elroy-Sparta Trail................32 miles...WI - - September..Starved Rock ride.................63 miles...IL



    2003 Bicycling Activities
    - - April......Shabbona Bike Ride................25 miles...IL - - May........Great Western Ride................25 miles...IL - - August.....Mt Killington, Vermont............mountain biking



    2002 Bicycling Activities
    - - April......Shabbona Bike Ride................25 miles...IL - - May........Oregon Bike Ride..................50 miles...IL



    2001 Bicycling Activities
    - - April......Shabbona Bike Ride................25 miles...IL - - May........Oregon Century Ride...............63 miles...IL - - May........Virgil Gilman Trail...............20 miles...IL - - May........Prairie Path Trail................25 miles...IL - - May........Blackjack Ride....................63 miles...IL - - May........Great Western Trail...............20 miles...IL - - June.......Fox River Bike Trip...............20 miles...IL - - June.......Rocky Mountain Iron Man..........530 miles...ID/MT - - August.....Fox River Bike Trip...............20 miles...IL



    2000 Bicycling Activities
    - - April......I & M Canal Trail.................35 miles...IL - - May........Oregon Century Ride...............63 miles...IL - - June.......Lake Shabbona Ride................25 miles...IL - - June.......Windy 60 Bike Ride................63 miles...IL - - July.......Black Jack Challenge..............63 miles...IL - - July.......Memphis Iron Man.................250 miles...IL/MO/KY/TN - - August.....Great Western Trail...............25 miles...IL



    1999 Bicycling Activities
    - - April......Lake Shabbona Ride................20 miles...IL - - April......Kirkland Ride.....................40 miles...IL - - May........Lake Geneva Ride..................80 miles...IL/WI - - May........Oregon Century Bike-A-Thon.......100 miles...IL - - May........Tin Man Challenge.................63 miles...IL - - Jun........Minnesota Iron Man...............280 miles...SD/MN - - Jun........Windy 60 Tour.....................63 miles...IL - - Jul........Black Jack Challenge..............63 miles...IL/IA - - Jul/Aug....East Coast Iron Man..............500 miles...NY/VT/NH/ME - - Sep........Starved Rock Ride.................63 miles...IL



    1998 Bicycling Activities
    - - April......Lake Shabbona Ride................20 miles...IL - - April......Rock Cut Ride.....................40 miles...IL - - May........Lake Geneva Ride..................80 miles...IL - - Jun........Great Western Ride................40 miles...IL - - Jun........Springfield Ride.................200 miles...IL - - July.......Montana Iron Man.................550 miles...MT/ND/SD - - Aug........Long Prairie Trail Ride...........25 miles...IL



    1997 Bicycling Activities
    - - April......Lake Shabbona Ride................40 miles...IL - - May........Great Western Ride................30 miles...IL - - May........Great Western/Fox River Ride......90 miles...IL - - June.......Bike-a-thon......................100 miles...IL - - July.......Erie/Galena Ride..................75 miles...IL - - August.....John Muir Trail, Kettle Moraine.(Mtn Biking).WI - - August.....Galena/LaCrosse Ride.............140 miles...IL/IA/WI - - September..I&M Canal Trail...................20 miles...IL - - October....LaCrosse/St Paul Ride............160 miles...WI/MN



    1996 Bicycling Activities
    - - May........Lake Shabbona Ride................20 miles...IL - - May........Indiana Border Ride...............80 miles...IL/IN - - May........Bike-a-thon......................100 miles...IL - - June.......Thunder Scout Reservation.......(Mtn Biking).GA - - June.......Indiana/Michigan Ride............140 miles...IN/MI - - July.......Ohio Bicycle Tour................170 miles...IN/OH - - July.......Ohio-Toronto Tour................450 miles...OH/PA/NY/ONT



    1995 Bicycling Activities
    - - May........Silver Springs Ride...............30 miles...IL - - June.......Bike-a-Thon......................100 miles...IL - - June/July..Mississippi Valley Bike Tour.....325 miles...IL/MO - - July.......John Muir Trail, Kettle Moraine (Mtn Biking).WI - - September..Lake Shabbona Ride................20 miles...IL - - September..Starved Rock Ride.................63 miles...IL






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