November 19, 2013
Always wanted to follow the epic adventures of Lewis & Clark? Well now you can, and by bike no less! This series of bike tours is offered by Bicycle Adventures a Washington-based bicycle touring company with 30-years in the premier bicycle touring business. The bike tours cover a three-year period with 2900 miles of rides starting in August 2014. You can choose one ride or all six depending on your enthusiasm for Lewis & Clark, biking, and how much time you can get off from work!
According to the company, the inspiration for the new Lewis & Clark bike tours adventure came from alumni guests who kept asking for truly epic bike tours. The first in the series, the Lewis & Clark 1, introduces the 1804 Expedition (also known as the Corps of Discovery Expedition), which was the first official American delegation to explore west across the Continental Divide to the Pacific Coast. This week-long tour departs August 17, 2014 from St. Louis, Missouri’s Gateway Arch and continues to Lewis & Clark’s meeting point with Otoe and Missouria Native Americans in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Guests participating in the bike tours cover an average of 60 miles per day and cycle on paved roads and over bridges where once the explorers trod and paddled.
Lewis & Clark 2, the next segment of the Lewis & Clark bike tours journey, heads off on August 24, 2014 and follows the broad Missouri River westward. Guests cycle beside the rolling Loess Hills and through wide-open plains where countless herds of buffalo once roamed, peruse Civil War-era relics oddly preserved from a sunken ship, hear tales of spirit mounds and Native Americans both friendly and fierce. The week ends in Pierre, South Dakota’s capital city.
“By sticking to our roots, we believe we are the best and most creative bicycle touring company in North America with more destinations and departures than any other outfit,” says Todd Starnes, owner/president of Bicycle Adventures.
The company says there will be two new stages of the bike tours introduced each year and that by 2016 all six stages of the trip will be on the calendar in a back-to-back format for anyone who would like to do the entire six-week series uninterrupted.
Sound like fun to you? You can get more details on these and other bike tours from Bicycle Adventures by phone at 800.443.6060 or online.
Photos courtesy of Bicycle Adventures