Exactly 215 years after the Corps of Discovery left Wood River, Illinois, Doug and Parke will begin an exciting cycling adventure to follow their path through the western United States to the Pacific! We'll start on May 14, 2019 with a target completion date about 12 weeks later. We'll certainly miss our families and friends during this time but hope you'll follow our progress here or even cheer us along when we pass through your neighborhood.
To the extent possible, we'll generally follow the original route of the Corps of Discovery as they traveled west with a couple of side trips. We'll begin at Wood River, IL on May 14th and then cycle our way to Council Bluffs IA, Pierre SD, Dickinson ND, Great Falls MT, Missoula MT, Clarkston WA, and Seaside OR. The Corps originally travelled up the Missouri River but the path of the river has changed slightly over the last 200+ years. That and the need to follow roads mean that we'll deviate a little but we'll follow a very close approximation of the original route.
There will be a few visits with family and friends along the way plus a few hotel visits but the majority of our days will end at a campsite. Nominally, we'll cover 300 miles every six days followed by a day or two of badly needed rest and laundry duty.
Aside from the many Lewis and Clark museums along the way, our side trips will include Atchison KS (birthplace of Amelia Earhart), St Joseph MO (to see the Pony Express museum), and the dam and reservoir at Fort Peck MT. A key point of interest will be our crossing of the continental divide at Lemhi Pass on July 16th (fingers crossed!).
If all goes according to plan, we'll finish at the Oregon coast around August 8th! But hey ... we all know what they say about plans and first contact. The key here will be flexibility.
April 20 - After literally years of planning, we finally had the opportunity to ride together today at Quantico. Awesome 30-mile ride! And just in time - we head to Lexington Monday with plans to arrive Thursday.