Lewis And Clark Trail

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Offline ajayhawkfan

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Lewis And Clark Trail
« on: June 26, 2018, 07:48:37 PM »
The route planning is over and downloaded into my GPS. I put new rubber on my 1200GSA and had the oil changed. The bike is packed and ready to go. I just have to wait until Friday and then I'm out of here.

I decided to follow the Louis And Clark route up the Missouri River, across the Lolo Pass and down the Columbia River to Fort Clatsop. To prepare for the trip I read numerous book this spring and summer including the edited version of the actual journals. This is a solo trip once past Yankton, SD.

I'm going to take mostly blacktop to Yankton, SD because I have visited most of the sights between St. Louis and Yankon. From Yankton to the coast I'm going to be on gravel as much as possible. Once along the Columbia River following L&C's route and riding gravel may not be possible. I'll find out.

Most likely I'll be leaving my bike with the dealer in Portland and flying home. I have booked a Southwest flight on July 15. I plan to fly back to Portland and take either the Pony Express or Oregon Trail home. When I go back will depend on work.

If you are interested in following my route you can find it here: https://spotwalla.com/publicTrips.php?un=I%27m+ajayhawkfan

A friend has used Instagram in the past while traveling. I have never used it before so am up in the air about it. Anyone have any thought? Would anyone be interested if I did?

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Re: Lewis And Clark Trail
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2018, 09:09:19 PM »
Sounds like an awesome trip. Hope you enjoy it as much as there is to see on this trip.
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Offline Roger Nixon

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Re: Lewis And Clark Trail
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2018, 01:02:23 PM »
This is a grand adventure.  Good luck, good weather and stay safe!

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Re: Lewis And Clark Trail
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2018, 04:56:34 PM »
Awesome plan, Try to post photos along the way when there's service available, please! :)
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Offline ajayhawkfan

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Re: Lewis And Clark Trail
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2018, 09:49:55 AM »
I'm having a great trip.  So far good weather.  Unbelievable roads.

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Re: Lewis And Clark Trail
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2018, 08:46:30 PM »
That looks like an awesome trip! Have fun!

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Offline ajayhawkfan

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Re: Lewis And Clark Trail
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2018, 12:09:40 PM »
I have a number of relatives and friends recommend starting an Instagram account so share my trip. I have started an account here: https://www.instagram.com/ajayhawkfan/ I plan to add photos of my Lewis And Clark ride. If interested look it up.

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Re: Lewis And Clark Trail
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2018, 09:27:05 PM »
Wow. Amazing! Those roads look GREAT! The scenery is amazing too!
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Offline ajayhawkfan

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Re: Lewis And Clark Trail
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2018, 12:21:54 PM »
Wow. Amazing! Those roads look GREAT! The scenery is amazing too!
It was an amazing trip.  I did about 200-250 miles a day, about 75% of my time off blacktop until Lolo Pass.  After Lolo there was a lot more blacktop so ended up doing about 350 miles each day. 

I love history and following the general route of Lewis and Clark was fascinating to me.  Last year I followed the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, PA (where Lewis had the flatboat built) to KC.  So over the last two years I have done the entire route from Pittsburgh to Fort Clapsop on the Oregon Coast. 

I think my next "history" trip will be the Pony Express or the Santa Fe Trail.

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Re: Lewis And Clark Trail
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2018, 05:58:35 PM »
Looks like an Awesome trip, I miss the PNW.
Did I miss or just not included anything on Sacagawea...?

Not sure about the rest of the trail, but Longview Wa.(The Lewis & Clark bridge, the last crossing of the Columbia River before Astoria) is Sacagawea deep with history, names, statues n such.
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Re: Lewis And Clark Trail
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2018, 11:03:13 AM »
Looks like an Awesome trip, I miss the PNW.
Did I miss or just not included anything on Sacagawea...?

Not sure about the rest of the trail, but Longview Wa.(The Lewis & Clark bridge, the last crossing of the Columbia River before Astoria) is Sacagawea deep with history, names, statues n such.
You must have missed it because I have written about Sacagawea a number of times including when she spotted Beverhead Rock and meeting her brother Chief Cameahwait.
« Last Edit: July 26, 2018, 05:55:15 PM by ajayhawkfan »

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Offline ajayhawkfan

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Re: Lewis And Clark Trail
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2018, 02:19:11 PM »
Just finished posting pictures of the ride west.  You can see them at https://www.instagram.com/ajayhawkfan/

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Re: Lewis And Clark Trail
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2018, 05:16:00 PM »
Some really awesome shots!
I love the contrast of the Gorge from Cascade Locks to Pendelton. Looking north is one world, south is like another planet.

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Offline ajayhawkfan

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Re: Lewis And Clark Trail
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2018, 11:11:39 AM »
Some really awesome shots!
I love the contrast of the Gorge from Cascade Locks to Pendelton. Looking north is one world, south is like another planet.

WINDING ROADS NEXT 99 MILES    :thumbsup:
Thanks.  That is a beautiful area. 

Now starting to post pics on my way home.