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BOC Inaugural 'Height of the Land' Century Ride

Story posted September 22, 2009

BOC Blog Staff Writer: Zac Crawford

This past weekend was epic in the history of the Bowdoin Outing Club, as a big crew of Outing Club enthusiasts headed out to Western Maine for the inaugural Height of the Land century ride. The crew headed out Friday and camped out in the Aziscohos Valley near the tri border of Maine, New Hampshire, and Canada. The next morning the cyclists were off for 100 miles of biking through some of the prettiest scenery Maine has to offer. Led by the early departure of Mike Woodruff and the blazing speed of Andy Bell, as well as the awesome support of the Sag Wagon (Currently seeking sponsors), the cyclists rode through a slight drizzle and some tough hills all the way up to the Height of the Land. The group returned to camp exhausted, accomplished and in need of some serious down time and food. A need met with a big cookout on the new BOC grill.

Meanwhile, the other half of the Aziscohos group headed out in duckies to shred some gnar on the MacGalloway River before heading off in search of some bigger gnar and eventually heading back to camp to decorate for the cyclists’ arrival.

Two brave trekkers also ventured out and up Aziscohos Mountain, said to be one of the nicest panoramic views in the state.

Back closer to home, we had a sea kayak group head over to Harpswell and paddle out into Quahog Bay. Saturday was a perfect day to be on the water and this group took full advantage of it. These beasts of the water made their way over to Snow Island for some lunch before calling it a day.

On Sunday, a group of adventurous and rugged day hikers headed over to the White Mountains to conquer the Baldface Loop. A hike that can get pretty technical but definitely pays off with the views of Mount Washington looming to the west.

If you’re upset you missed out on this historic weekend, never fear. Next Weekend has the same potential for awesomeness. So make the trek over to the Outing Club and sign up for some great weekend trips. Also for the cycling enthusiast who feel they missed out or maybe a hundred miles was a bit too far, there are shorter fun rides every Wednesday from the Schwartz. If you’d like to combine the mountains and the biking all into one, come on over and sign up for mountain biking trips every Thursday.

Check out photos from last Tuesday night's Leader Barbecue at the Schwartz!

Photos by BOC Blog Staff Photographer: Champ Seritrakul