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Old 10-11-2011, 09:31 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Pondering a Voyage of Discovery

Here is the idea so far.
  • Starting in VA, perhaps at Monticello then up to DC working to the west coast following the general path of Lewis and Clark.
  • Departures off the route of less than 100 miles or so to see things that seem attractive.
  • Two lanes where possible.
  • Thinking about making this a photo trip (maybe break out the large format camera). Not sure about a theme or if I would want one. Maybe a what L&C would see today?
  • When going through small towns, stay in city parks where possible. Otherwise state parks and Federal Lands.
  • Take the bike and find a canoe to take- gotta have a canoe on the L&C.
  • No schedule to the extent that it is possible. Start in early May- I should have the full summer to work with.
Anyone followed the L&C coast to coast? Done anything like this? Tell me why its a bad idea.
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:33 PM   #2
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Rodney,

Sounds like a great idea to me.

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Old 10-12-2011, 07:14 AM   #3
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Sounds like a great idea to me, too.

Why not?

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Old 10-12-2011, 07:57 AM   #4
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It seems that

a "Voyage of Discovery" is what i am also embarked upon......last year it seemed that i was following lewis and clark every where...from travels in Missouri and North Dakota and the west in general....it seems that these guys were every where...

this year I found myself following the Oregon Trail and picking up evidence of the brave pioneers that followed lewis and clark....great travels everywhere.....
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Hi from GA. . . Sounds great to me. We want to 'do' the L & C from St Louis to Glacier next year. I found 2 books that look quite useful. The Nat Geo 'Guide to the L & C Trail' and 'Traveling the L & C Trail' by Fanselow (4th Edition). Both from Amazon. Stay in touch and regards, Craig
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:25 AM   #6
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Hi from GA. . . Sounds great to me. We want to 'do' the L & C from St Louis to Glacier next year. I found 2 books that look quite useful. The Nat Geo 'Guide to the L & C Trail' and 'Traveling the L & C Trail' by Fanselow (4th Edition). Both from Amazon. Stay in touch and regards, Craig
Thanks for the tip! Right now I am more in the musing stage, looking at maps and so forth, weighing options. I do know I am up for something different next summer.
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We are kind of doing that right now. See here http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...oad-79445.html

The only thing I suggest is don't plan too much, just point the windshield at whatever looks interesting and follow it.

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Old 10-12-2011, 10:17 AM   #8
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We followed their route in 2009; we picked up the Missouri at the Iowa/Neb border and followed the river up into ND and camped near the Mandan village there. Then west to Great Falls, to the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri, then down to Three Forks. From there to the Lolo Pass, a detour to the Scablands and Palouse Falls.

Then followed the Columbia to Ft Stevens and Ft Clapsop.

I think you'll find a real connection on your journey.

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Old 10-12-2011, 10:30 AM   #9
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We went from Illinois followed the Oregon trail Lewis and Clark in 1998 to the Boise international with 18 trailers. We went on to Oregon and Seattle, Washington and on to the Olympic peninsula, as well as Vancouver, after the International. There are a lot of parks along the way as well as all the history. We came back through Montana. It can get a little steep through Montana. If you going out you go through South Pass you encounter only one long hill.
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Exclamation Interesting book to read

Here is a book about a man that traveled across the US. Although it was in a boat not a trailer. I really enjoyed it and it would probably make good winter reading. I believe his route was basically the same as Lewis and Clark's.

River Horse: Summary and book reviews of River Horse by William Least Heat-Moon.

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Lewis & Clark

I second Ken's suggestion to read William Least Heat Moon's book "River Horse." He went from NY City to Astoria. OR with a boat, trailering it around portages and dams as needed. Along the L &C portion of the trip (Missouri River west) he cites passages from Lewis' journal. I too made a similar trip, although not with an AS and followed the 49ers trail. If you are a history nut like me be prepared to hit the brakes when you see "Historical Marker Ahead." The last couple of hundred miles will probably be the slowest because there is so much to see. Before the Snake River joins the Columbia at Pasco, Wa, stay at the Charbonneau Park, a Corps of Engineers facility above Ice Harbor Dam, one of the nicest RV parks that I have stayed at.

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Now you've got me going...I suggest when leaving DC you head up to Baltimore and pick up the National Pike, a Colonial road surveyed in part by George Washington. It is, or closely parallels, US Route 40. Definitely two lane, scenic, historical, shun-pike, that will take you well into Ohio. Side trip to Jackson Center if haven't been there yet, a must see AS hajj.

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The more I think about the idea the more I like it. It would be cool to get some images from DC with the airstream in it. Just imagine a shiny trailer with the Washington or Jefferson Memorial behind it! Not sure I am brave enough to attempt the tow in though..... I think if the money holds up I may have to do this trip.

Thanks for the national pike tip, that is just the kind of thing I am looking for.
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Northern Tier states anyone?

It looks like there are a lot of parks in the northern Tier starting with Glacier working west. I think I could spend time in Oregon, Washington, and N. California with my camera having a good time. Whats the 411 on those states?
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