EEE cancels overnight camping, so scouts ride bikes instead

courtesy photo by Bill ManceAt the Bedford Trailhead and Station Museum are, from left, Owen Finlay, Dylan Hilse, Ryan Lopes, Michael Bettencourt, Lucas Bacci, Geoffrey Zhu, Will Storz, David Irza (trip leader), Craig Milligan, Sriniketh Velagapudi, Mark Kaluzny and Will Mance.

They made the best of it.

The risk of EEE from mosquitoes forced BallardVale's Boy Scout Troop 76 to cancel a planned overnight camping trip in Andover.

So instead, the scouts set out on an adventure to the Minuteman Bikeway in Bedford — and one troop member chronicled the event.

Troop scribe Sriniketh Velagapudi wrote this about the bike trip:

"The troop changed gears. A total of 14 people went on this amazing day trip.

"The Scouts met Friday night, and ran through a quick course on bike safety. Additionally, they also got their bikes checked, adjusted, and all ready to go for the next day. The troop gathered at 9 on Saturday morning and set off to the Bedford trailhead, where they could start their ride.

"They biked the full 10-mile trail through Arlington and Lexington, stopped for lunch at the end at Spy Pond. Realizing they were only halfway done, they headed on their way back to the trailhead. They stopped for ice cream halfway there as a treat for having to bike all that way. Returning back to the cars, they loaded their bikes and headed back home at around 3 p.m.

"The Minuteman Bikeway or the Revolutionary Rail Trail, is one of the most popular rail trails in the country and is enjoyed for recreation and transportation. The 10-mile trail passes through the historic area where the American Revolution began in April, 1775. It was built on an inactive railroad by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts going through four communities: Bedford, Lexington, Arlington and Cambridge.

"Troop 76 is part of West Wind District, Spirit of Adventure Council, Scouts BSA. The troop meets on Friday at 7 p.m. at BallardVale United Church, 23 Clark Road, Andover. Troop 76 is open to boys and girls age 10½ and over, or who have completed the fifth grade. To visit a meeting, or any questions, please contact us at''






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