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The Summer of GORP

This morning, KYW told me that temperatures would be climbing into the 90s today.
In Philly, that means that summer is well on its way (well, given the weather patterns this year, I suppose that could mean just about anything… but I digress…). And for me and Brent in our four years together, that has come to mean a couple months of adventure.
Ah, the joys of an academic schedule. That may be the sole reason we got married (I kid, I kid… but more on that tomorrow).
First up, in mid-June, we’re linking up with my dad for a week in Peru. A few days after we arrive (and celebrate my birthday in the little town of Pisaq!), we’ll all part ways, as my dad and I take up our packs to conquer the Inca Trail, and Brent heads off for a solo hiking venture. We’ll reunite at the end of the week at Machu Picchu before jumping a train back to Cuzco and a flight back to Lima.
From there, my dad will be heading back to Philly, and Brent and I take off for three weeks of hiking and biking in Ecuador. We’ll fly into Guayaquil for a day of whale watching on the coast, and then weave our way through the Andean highlands up to Quito. Along the way, we have plans for a 40-mile downhill mountain bike ride (perhaps to be followed by a 40 mile ride back up), a winding adventure atop an old school railroad, and hopefully, a trek to the summit of Cotopaxi, an active volcano and, at nearly 20,000 feet, the second highest peak in the country.
Upon arrival in Quito, we’ll fly back home, and a couple days later, I’ll head off for my first multi-day biking adventure – a five-day tour across parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia with my fantastically long-legged friend, Christina. Seven years ago, Christina and I spent a semester living in Portland, Maine and writing up a storm at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. We thought about biking along the coast of Maine to check out some of our old stomping grounds, but the logistics got the better of us. We’re hoping to make up for it with a visit with one of our old Salt writing instructors, who’s now teaching film in Ohio.
Then it’s back home for a quick 12-hour race up, down, and around Hawk Mountain before Brent and I end our travels with a week in New Hampshire. We’ll spend a few days hanging out on a lake with his family, and then head north for Brent’s second crack at the Untamed New England, one of the premiere multi-day adventure races in the US.
There will no doubt be lots of new adventures come fall as I enter the world of professor-dom, but right now, a summer of hiking and biking around the western hemisphere sounds far more exciting.
Time to break in some new trail shoes!

5 responses to “The Summer of GORP

  1. Staci Dombroski May 26, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Sounds like you are going to have an amazing summer 🙂

  2. RunningLaur May 26, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Wow, any one of those trips would be completely breathtaking. That's the way to spend a summer. Looks like I need to start researching professorship.

  3. Christina May 26, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Two months and counting 'til we get to ride bikes… Can't wait!!

  4. Denise May 26, 2010 at 11:21 am

    i'm reading this thinking, "who does all this??" man, what an exciting summer. yea, i'll be at the pool on saturdays…weeee!!!

  5. N.D. May 26, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    another fun summer for you guys!

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