Ten Scouts, two leaders, 3,700 miles, and something to prove.
This morning, a group of Scouts from Troop 845 in Chapel Hill, N.C., dipped their tires into the Atlantic Ocean in Havre de Grace, Md., and headed west for the Oregon coast.
But their 10-week trip, dubbed Lucky 13 for the year 2013, is hardly a pleasure cruise.
The young men are following the lead of Scouts from their troop who took a similarly grueling cross-country journey in 2005, 2007, and 2010.
“Their epic tales of adventure,” Assistant Scoutmaster Brian Burnham told me, “have inspired us to take off this summer and ride 3,700 miles over 10 weeks from coast to coast.”
And like Troop 845 riders before them, the Lucky 13 crew is doing it all for a good cause: the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. They’ve raised $21,005 for the center so far and are still accepting donations.
The riders are carrying a GPS tracking device, meaning anyone can follow along with their journey — a route that will take them through 10 states: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon.
They’ll “camp in town parks at night, swim in the town swimming pools as a substitute for showers, grab some food at the local diner, play some hoops whenever possible, and maybe catch a rodeo,” according to their website.
Best of luck, Scouts. We’ll be following your progress.