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Cross-country trek includes Ti

TICONDEROGA When Dean Twehues retired, he wanted to remain active. How active?

Twehues and his wife, Laurie, recently stopped in Ticonderoga, while en route from Washington state to Maine on their bicycles a trip of more than 4,000 miles.

They left Washington on June 3 and arrived in Bar Harbor, Maine, on Sept. 9.

The couple spent the night of Aug. 29 at Jellystone campground in North Hudson and arrived in Ticonderoga on Aug. 30 to pick up supplies they had shipped to the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce office.

Opening our packages at the chamber of commerce was like Christmas, Laurie Twehues said. A new PI hi-vis vest and raincoat for me and new tubes and a tire pump for Dean.

The couple praised Deb Malaney, executive director, and Bonnie White, administrative assistant, of the chamber. With their help, the Twehues had the opportunity to walk through history.

We toured Fort Ticonderoga and saw that they are adding a Mars Education Center (to be opened in 2008), Laurie Twehues said. Since Dean just retired from Mars, Inc., in June we thought this was quite an interesting coincidence. They are putting the stone up on the French magazine, and we got to watch the masons doing their partlooks like art combined with lots of hard labor.

During our tour, the temps and humidity were steadily rising, so after a quick lunch we headed down the dirt road on the back side of the fort to the ferry, she added.

The couple then headed off to Middlebury and then on to Maine.

Give our thanks to the ladies at the Ti chamber, Laurie Twehues said. It turned out to be a pretty good day.

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