Eagle Scouts to peddle through Pagosa Springs

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Staff Writer

Thirteen Eagle Scouts from Fredericksburg, Va., ages 15-17, will be stopping in Pagosa Springs this Wednesday, June 9, to rest along their multiple-month, cross-country cycling trip.

The scouts from Boy Scout Troop 165, along with two troop leaders, are peddling from San Francisco to Virginia Beach and will be on the road for 65 days.

“Our mission is to demonstrate how motivated young men, committed to the values of exercise and healthy living, practice the twelve points of the Boy Scout Law while challenging themselves to reach new heights,” the troop’s website states.

In order to make their stop in Pagosa an enjoyable one, members of the Wolf Creek Wheel Club (WCWC) and the Pagosa Springs Lodgers Association (PSLA) are turning out to welcome the boys.

The WCWC will be setting up a water and refreshment stop at the junction of U.S. 160 and Colo. 151 around noon on July 9. And local scouts, WCWC members and cyclists are invited to meet up with the troop and ride alongside as they peddle into town and on towards Wolf Creek Pass to the 150 mile marker.

Wednesday evening, PSLA will be feeding the cyclists in Town Park between 5 and 7 p.m.; all riders are welcome. After dinner, the Eagle Scouts will enjoy a soak in the hot springs and retire at a local bed and breakfast for the night.

The scouts will depart early Thursday morning, hopefully energized and ready to tackle the steep ascent of Wolf Creek Pass.

To track the troop’s progress, check out its website at escaa2014.org.

shanti.johnson@pagosasun.com