Biking is a great way to Explore!
Bike trips are at the heart of Outdoor Action, not yet in numbers, but definitely in spirit. Traveling along the Potomac River in Maryland and through the Cumberland Gap in Pennsylvania, OA bike trips are all about the journey, not just the destination. In small groups of about 10, including leaders, the students travel roughly 30-40 miles a day. Depending on terrain, which is generally flat with some challenging but rewarding climbs, this usually takes about 5 hours a day, with plenty of stops for water, snacks, and games along the way. The rest of the time is spent doing what OA values most: building relationships that start with a week of fun in the woods, but often last the duration of one’s time at Princeton.
Biking with OA offers many advantages not found on other types of trips. For starters, bikers stay in the front country. Although we’ll be camping in tents, being in the front country means we see towns, toilets, and even showers at a campsite or two! For people who are not keen to carry a large amount of weight on their back, biking is perfect, because the bike carries the weight for you! On an OA bike trip you’ll get the chance to see beautiful vistas, historic railroads, the famous Potomac River (which we can swim in as well), but most importantly, you’ll see you and your group grow into a strong and close knit team that accomplishes more than you ever thought possible.