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Chuck Kellen
Chuck Kellen is a mechanical engineer with a passion for all things athletic and outdoors. An employee of STIHL, he cycles each year in the weeklong STIHL Tour des Trees.

Entries by Chuck Kellen

The STIHL Tour des Trees Is More Than a Bike Ride

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 10:55 AM

A recap of this year's 2015 STIHL Tour des Trees; a 500-mile cycling journey through Florida to support tree research.


When I signed up for my first STIHL Tour des Trees, it was all about the adventure. The prospect of...

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How to Leave a Legacy With Trees

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 3:30 PM

Lessons learned during our 500-mile cycling journey to support tree research with the STIHL Tour des Trees


This year's 500-mile cycling event to raise money for trees, the STIHL Tour des Trees, started in Orlando, Fla. right in the middle of...

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How Not to Train for a 500 Mile Bike Ride

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 10:16 AM

And learning from my mistakes

So you jumped in with complete abandon and registered for a 500-mile bike ride. My ride of choice raises hundreds of thousands each year for the TREE Fund (registration closes May 31).

No matter what ride you chose, now the initial adrenalin-filled...

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5 Reasons to Cycle for Trees in the STIHL Tour des Trees

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 1:32 PM

Most of the time in life we take for granted that something vast and mysterious is playing out all around us. Some call it nature. For the great naturalist, John Muir, it was God. Whatever you call it, it is easy to see why we stand in awe...

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The Impact of the STIHL Tour des Trees

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 5:08 PM

"In the end...we are only cyclists."

To describe this year's STIHL Tour des Trees in words is like trying to write about a color or describe a sound. It is often a challenge to equate in words the feelings, thoughts and emotions we experience while riding for so...

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Why I Cycled More Than 500 Miles for Trees

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 12:27 PM

If my legs could talk...(inspired by a presentation by R. Bruce Allison, author of If Trees Could Talk)

Well, right now, if my legs could talk, they might tell you that they sincerely dislike the person they are attached to and desire a transplant to a more sedentary being. In...

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Training for a 600-Mile Cycling Tour

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 3:59 PM

What I Learned The Hard Way

The first year I cycled in the STIHL Tour des Trees, we rode nearly 600 miles through Oregon. I had very little experience with road biking and no idea what to expect. I'd never ridden more than 40 miles on my bike,...

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My Experience at STIHL Timbersports

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 2:42 PM

Growing up, I remember watching ABC's Wide World of Sports. I loved when the less mainstream sports would be televised: surfing, skiing or lumberjack sports. I remember watching in amazement as the competitors challenged their abilities with insane feats of bravery.



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Rediscovering Wisconsin by Bike

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 5:10 PM

The first thought in most people's minds when I say I am going to this year's STIHL Tour des Trees in Wisconsin usually involves one of the following: cheese curds, cheese heads and beer. Followed by attempts to sing the themes songs from "That 70's Show,"...

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Canada the Beautiful... People

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 8:06 PM

The STIHL Tour des Trees has wrapped up, and all I can say is, "WOW!" Our final day was spent strolling into Toronto, Ontario on the Waterfront Trail from Oshawa. The night before, we celebrated another exhausting, exhilarating and excellent journey on our bikes, with our friends, for...

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Forty Miles of Ice Cream from Watertown to Kingston

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 9:50 PM

We started the day on the STIHL Tour des Trees with a tree dedication of a Japanese lilac at the Jefferson County Historical Society Victorian Garden in Watertown, N.Y. Having just left Syracuse the day before, Watertown was a stark difference with its hometown atmosphere. This...

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Cycling Through the New York Finger Lakes

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 2:27 PM

The picture today was painted with great weather, rolling farm roads, wild flowers, and picturesque upstate New York hamlets.


Everyone pushed really hard yesterday so the thought of completing 126 miles and supporting four different tree events had us all a bit apprehensive...

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Cycling Through Canada With the STIHL Tour des Trees

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 6:32 PM

The STIHL Tour des Trees started last night with a welcome dinner, bringing together all my friends from last year and more than 35 new cyclists ready to take on the Tour. This year, there has been an even stronger emphasis on road safety. One of the ways...

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Riding for Tree Research

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 10:39 AM

Today's events on the STIHL Tour des Trees included a dedication of a tree with special meaning -- an American chestnut at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). Professor William A. Powell, director of the council on biotechnology in forestry, spoke...

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 4:20 PM

I first became motivated to get on the Appalachian Trail last year by a hike I did in Peru to Machu Picchu. Growing up on the Virginia coast, my interests have mostly centered on our waters. Sailing, swimming, fishing, crabbing and surfing the summers away, I was always...

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Buying Local Through North Carolina

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 12:35 PM

My job is all about traveling. I am out of the office more than 200 days of the year, traveling across the United States and Germany for STIHL Inc. and testing products in the field. When people ask what I do for a living the normal response is,...

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Keeping Your Town Beautiful

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 10:38 AM

The beauty of travel is that it gives you the chance to explore places you've never been to, but as they say, home is where the heart is. Keeping the place you live beautiful, green and healthy should be an every day priority, but on Earth Day, it receives special...

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Riding for Research With Coffee, Donuts, and Lessons in Life & Tree Care

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 1:40 PM

Yesterday ended the official STIHL Tour des Trees for 2012. What a ride!

This morning was the last breakfast buffet. We had a much later start than normal, and I was excited to ride as a group through the streets of Portland. The city's set up for biking...

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Cycling the Columbia River Gorge

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 12:45 PM

After riding our second century ride of the STIHL Tour des Trees yesterday, the other cyclists and I were all excited to get back on the road from Hood River to Portland, Ore. Today's route would take us along Oregon's Highway 30, following the Columbia River as it...

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Dreaming of Road Biking in Oregon

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 1:19 PM

Before the STIHL Tour des Trees, if I had fallen asleep and dreamed of what it would be like to go cycling through Oregon, today would have been it.

Looking at the day's ride map, we saw that the amount of effort would be the same as yesterday....

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