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Archive for September, 2009

Cycle Merit

This summer, I have been taking a group of boy scouts on a series of road rides to enable them to earn their Cycling Merit Badge.  We started with a series of 10 mile, 15 mile and 25 mile rides – two of each.  Last weekend, we capped it off with a 50 mile ride thru Tustin, Irvine, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach – and back!  We rode along the beach for parts of it and also enjoyed the Back Bay on the way back.

Here we are at the half way point in Huntington Beach at the Dairy Queen.

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This is a view of the Back Bay.

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It made for a very long day, but we all did it in about 5 1/2 hours.  Pretty amazing!

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On one of the days, we went to a zip line “park” run by Canopy Safari.  It was about an hour’s drive into the jungle from Manuel Antonio.  It started out with about a 20 minute walk up the hill.   From there, it was about 20 zip lines down and a couple of rappel lines.  Here are some pictures.

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After each zip line, they hurried us through to the next one.   It was loads of fun as you can see from the expressions….. but I must say, it was all a bit too “sanitized” for my liking.  Guess you have to do it once but, I would go back for another river ride instead!

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