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S E C T I O N 2 Community S TO R I E S A B O U T P E O P L E A N D E V E N T S I N T H E C O M M U N I T Y ■ AUGUST 15, 2012 Teen meets herself in cross-country bike trip By Dave Boyce through mail drops for the parents. The American Challenge, organized by the Massachusettsayley Korman, a Wood- based youth-adventure outfit side resident and soon Overland, did not allow social to be a junior at Cas- media devices. Did she miss tilleja High School, has an inop- them? “Honestly no. You learn erable cellphone. She is going to how to be rid of your phone and take her time replacing it, having your computer. You learn how recently learned how to live, and to live without that,” Hayley be happy, without it, she said. said. “This trip really taught me If that sounds unusual for to live in the moment. Life’s too a 15-year-old girl, perhaps it’s short to want to be someplace a consequence of her unusual else all the time.” six-week summer adventure she The riders also chose to turn described to the Almanac in a in their watches. “We just wantrecent interview. ed to be into what we were She and 10 other teens — doing,” Hayley said. Hours five girls and six boys — from passed quickly and weeks flew around the United States rode by, she said, but not the days. their bikes 3,000 miles, startThis was not your mother’s ing June 23 from a beach on an cross-country bike trip. There island off Savanwere no support nah, Georgia. vans leapfrogThey wound Hayley Korman and ging ahead to the through small 10 other teens rode night’s camping towns in the Deep spot to prepare their bikes 3,000 meals and tents. South, across the Mississippi River, miles, from Georgia The kids, with up steep climbs two college-aged to California. and down steep guides, carried descents in the all their gear on Ozark Mountains of Missouri, their bikes. They broke camp across the Kansas flatland, up and made camp, shopped for and over the Continental Divide groceries every day, shared in Colorado, past a canyon responsibilities and rode until that is grand in Arizona, and they found a place to sleep: a through a downpour — includ- campground, a backyard, a ing wading across what amount- church yard. “There are a lot ed to a river — in the Mojave of churches throughout the desert. On the last night, they South,” Hayley said. The riders made camp one last time in depended on the kindness of the mountains overlooking the strangers, she added, unaware of lights of Los Angeles. The next that phrase’s literary provenance day, Aug. 3, it was on into the in the Deep South. metropolis and a second splash “Southern hospitality is no in saltwater, this time at a beach myth,” Hayley said. Residents of in Santa Monica. the small towns they visited — Conversations with home and they were all small towns; were done via U.S. mail, by the route avoided cities — postcard for the riders and appeared to have close, strong Almanac staff writer H Photo courtesy of Hayley Korman Celebrating at a Santa Monica beach on Aug. 3 are Woodside resident Hayley Korman, center, and her cycling buddies. The teens completed a 3,000-mile bike trip across the United States, carrying all their gear and sometimes depending for shelter on the kindness of strangers. relationships among themselves and were “really welcoming,” she said. “Small communities were just that. They were communities. ... It’s a nice change of pace from what most of us are used to. It’s how the rest of the country lives. It’s a whole new world.” Twice a week, they were allowed to buy their meals, often at a fast food joint. On average days, they spent nine or 10 hours on their bikes, logged 85 miles and consumed 10,000 calories. After their longest day — 121.7 miles — they spent $260 at a Burger King, she recalled with a smile. “A really great group of people,” Hayley said. “Everybody was super hard working. Everyone was super committed to the See TEEN BICYCLIST, page 18 Photo courtesy of Hayley Korman An invigorating moment for Woodside resident Hayley Korman, center, and her cycling buddies on their way across the United States. They camped out, prepared meals and got to know each other and themselves over the 3,000 miles of a guided teen bike trip known as The American Challenge. Facebook wants to make ‘clean’ site even cleaner $5.7 million West Campus remediation would exceed legal requirements By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer W hen Raychem was sold in 1999, it left behind about 40 acres of land and groundwater contaminated with industrial chemicals on its Constitution Drive campus. The next company to occupy the property in Menlo Park spent seven years scrubbing the soil until toxin levels were acceptable for commercial and industrial use, according to the state. That’s not clean enough for Facebook. According to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the social networking company proposes to keep cleaning, even going so far as to have the dirty soil and the 11,400-square-foot cap installed over the contaminated area hauled away for dis- posed at a licensed facility. The toxins include polychlorinated biphenyls and other chemicals associated with electronics manufacturing. “We didn’t want there to be any question whatsoever about our interest in meeting the appropriate standard,” said Facebook spokesman Tucker Bounds. A DTSC representative estimated that the proposed remediation will cost $5.7 million. Once that’s finished, Facebook plans to knock down the existing structures to create a 440,000square-foot “West Campus” at 312-314 Constitution Drive that can accommodate up to 2,800 employees in five two- to four-story buildings clustered around a courtyard, according See FACEBOOK, page 19 COMMUNITY MEETING: The California Department of Toxic Substances Control will hold a community meeting Wednesday, Aug. 22, in Menlo Park on the cleanup plans for Facebook’s West Campus. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Senior Center at 110 Terminal Ave. Public comment may be submitted until Sept. 6 to project manager Chip Gribble at or 700 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley CA 94710. August 15, 2012NTheAlmanacOnline.comNThe AlmanacN17

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