Pedal where Lewis and Clark paddled

  • RIDING HISTORY: Biking on the Lewis and Clark Trail

    Adventure Cycling Association

In 1976, a time when bikes were still mostly for kids and cross-country cycling was virtually unheard of, a few friends got together to map a bicycling route across the U.S. in celebration of the nation's bicentennial. Twenty-five years and 25,000 miles of bike trails later, the group, the Adventure Cycling Association, is attempting to track the trek of Lewis and Clark. It will again mark a 200-year anniversary - this time commemorating the three-year Corps of Discovery journey in 1804-1806.

Paralleling the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, the new route will cover approximately 3,000 miles and traverse 11 states from Illinois to Washington. Riders will huff and puff alongside the towering Breaks of the Missouri River, the wilds of the Bitterroot Mountains and the water highway of the mighty Columbia. Adventure Cycling's maps - waterproof and sized to fit in a handlebar bag window or jersey pocket - highlight scenic stops and bike repair shops.

Ready to ride? You'll have to wait a bit. Completed maps of the Lewis and Clark Bicycle Trail aren't slated to be ready until the fall of 2002. To help the process, become an Adventure Cycling "Trailblazer." One hundred dollars will literally put your name on the map and buy a one-mile sponsorship. Or become a member of the association, which includes a subscription to Adventure Cycling magazine, for $30. For more information, go to or call 800/755-2453.

Copyright © 2001 HCN and Jenny Dalen

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