"Next Destination" Speaker Series - Outdoor Adventures

Hiking the Arizona National Scenic Trail - From Mexico to Utah

Take an 800-mile journey from the Mexico border to the Utah state line on the Arizona Trail (AZT) across the entire length of Arizona through deserts, mountains, forests, canyons, wilderness, and history.  Kettering native Andy Niekamp is the Chief Adventure Officer of Outdoor Adventure Connection.  He has logged over 35,000 miles from the East Coast to the West Coast and from Minnesota to Florida.

Springboro Library, 125 Park Lane, Springboro
Wednesday, January 17, 2024 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.


Bikepacking on the North Sea

Speaker: Tracy Burge

Springboro native Tracy Burge has dreamed of long trails since childhood after reading about a kid who rode his bike across the country. After years of adventures and misadventures, Burge saw her upcoming retirement as an opportunity of a lifetime. She began searching for the “longest bike trip in the world” and found the North Sea Cycle Route. The North Sea Cycle Route is a tour of the countries that border the North Sea. It took a lot of planning and training, but Burge fulfilled her dream in 2019, cycling 3,500 miles over three months and traveling through 14 countries.

Springboro Performing Arts Center (PAC), 115 Wright Station Way, Springboro
Thursday, January 25, 2024 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.


Boundary Waters 101

Speaker: Jim Rahtz

Boundary Waters 101: Starting in Northern Minnesota and spreading into Canada there are over two million acres of preserved wilderness just waiting for you. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and adjacent Quetico Provincial Park, known collectively as the Boundary Waters, may just be the finest place in the world to canoe, camp, fish, immerse yourself in nature, unplug and recharge. And the best part is that a Boundary Waters trip is one that nearly anyone can experience.

Boundary Waters 101 is a program that not only gives a taste of the Boundary Waters, but also delivers the information needed to approach a trip to this special place with confidence. Whether you’re considering taking your first trip or just need a reminder of why you should return, join us on January 30. Be warned though, afterwards there’s a good chance you’ll be planning your own visit to “America’s favorite wilderness.”

Jim Rahtz spent a career in park and recreation management in Ohio and has spent more years than he cares to admit canoe camping and backpacking. He took his first trip to the Boundary Waters in 1988. 
 As a freelance writer and photographer, his work has won multiple awards; appearing in national publications and websites such as The Boundary Waters Journal, Paddler, Camping Life, Canoeing.com and TheTrek.co. He is a past President of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio.

Springboro Library, 125 Park Lane, Springboro
Tuesday, January 30, 2024 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.



This 60-Something's Keys to Success on the Appalachian Trail

Speaker: Ruth Morley

How would “Ruthless,” in her mid- 60’s, with a specialized diet, back issues and a tendency get fractures and tendonitis, manage to successfully cover the full distance of the Appalachian Trail, and later on, several other long distance trails? Through meticulous planning and preparation.  Logistical planning included: researching the trail and planning an itinerary with comfortable daily mileages.  Months were spent planning and dehydrating all trail foods.  Physical training began half a year in advance and lightweight gear was carefully researched and purchased or sewn by Ruth.  And, once on the trail, when injuries came into play several times, perseverance was called into action. SPOLIER ALERT: This story has a happy ending, but please join us to hear much more about how planning, preparation and perseverance played such key roles in this story, as well as others which followed.

Ruth Morley's passion is exploring the world by foot, such as the 1500 mile GR5 in Europe, Kilimanjaro, Patagonia, the Appalachian Trail, the Colorado Trail, the Floriday National Scenic Trail and Ohio's Buckeye Trail. During the past four years, she has done many of these packpacking expeditions completely plant-powered, eating her own homemade, self-dehydrated meals and snacks. At age 71, she finds that she now recovers much faster, than in the past and feels 20 years younger. Her list of trails she plans on hiking continues to grow.

Springboro Performing Arts Center (PAC), 115 Wright Station Way, Springboro 
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.



Mike's Bike Park/Bike Shop in Dayton & Beavercreek

Speaker: Mike Bisig

Mike’s Bike Park in Downtown Dayton, Southwest Ohio’s only indoor bike park, is the most well known example of Mike Bisig’s work in serving the region’s bikers and skaters, but it is only one part of Mike’s work and a small part of his journey. In this session Mike will talk about his career leading to the opening of Mike’s Bike Park in 2017, later Mike’s Cycle and Skate in Huber Heights, providing a venue and space for the region to meet, learn, and grow.

Michael Bisig is the owner of Mike's Bike Park (Dayton), Mike's Cycle and Skate (Huber Heights), Rock Local Music Store, President of We Are Bike Kids nonprofit organization, faculty member at The International College of Broadcasting, and he is an accomplished Saxophonist and Guitarist, regularly performing in and around the tri-state area.  Mike has a passion for inspiring people both young and old to reach their highest potential through many exciting educational and life opportunities.

Springboro Performing Arts Center (PAC), 115 Wright Station Way, Springboro
Thursday, March 7, 2024 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.  


All ages. No registration required. "Next Destination" Speaker Series is cohosted by Franklin-Springboro Public Library and the City of Springboro Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee.