This is a beginner to intermediate experience. If you are an expert cyclist in any format; road, mountain, or casual biking you will fit right in. To participate you should know basic bike riding skills. You should be able to shift gears easily and use hand brakes. You do not need to know how or had to have done any cycle touring. We will teach you the details of loading pannier bags and biking with trailers (if you are lucky). You certainly don't have to be a serious athlete, but you will be very active on this experience. You will be biking an average of 17 miles a day, you will be exploring a commercial cave in PA, and if time permits, climbing at CLIMBucknell. It's a good idea to have done some physical preparations in advance to make things less stressful upon your body. Examples could be biking, running, hiking, swimming, or any other physical activity to get your heart rate up.
More importantly, please make sure to get plenty of rest prior to the trip; arrive refreshed as much as possible and ready for an awesome experience. We know the time is stressful with move-in, but try to take time to rest. In addition, be sure to drink plenty of water the week before the trip to hydrate your body. The temperatures in August can be intense and we want to make sure everyone remains healthy during the experience. We do recommend preparing for the physical activity.
Here are a few websites that might help with conditioning and backpacking preparations:
http://tomsbiketrip.com/how-to-train-for-long-distance-cycle-touring/ (A different way to train when you do a trip like this, love the new perspective)
Your crew will be lucky enough explore a variety of areas in central PA via bike. You will be lucky enough to be biking in the Buffalo Valley Countryside in Amish Country. You will learn about the Amish way of life through traveling in this format. Many of the areas are rural farming roads until you reach the Bald Eagle State Forest. This state forest was named after Native American Chief Bald Eagle. The forest spans 5 counties with pristine streams, creeks, and mountain views! Caves are abundant in Central PA. Woodward is an awesome first caving experience close to Bucknell. On the final day you will be using the CLIMBucknell Challenge Course with your team! You will get to explore all these beautiful areas!
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