Exploring the Lewis & Clark Trail: Where Does the Lewis and Clark Trail Begin? | Governing

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The late Stephen Ambrose liked to begin his lectures on the Lewis and Clark Expedition by saying that the men (and one woman) of the Corps of Volunteers for Northwestern Discovery traveled “from sea to shining sea.” And yet typically, accounts of the journey begin with Lewis and Clark leaving St. Charles, Mo., on May 14, 1804, with three heavily laden boats, a couple of horses, a crew of approximately 50 men, and a Newfoundland dog named Seaman.

So in what sense would that be a transcontinental journey? “From St. Charles to shining sea” just doesn’t rise to the level of American epic. As Ambrose well knew, the great journey really began far to the east in Philadelphia, Monticello, and Washington, D.C.

MoBikeFed comment: In Missouri there are three great ways to explore the Lewis and Clark Trail by bicycle:

#1. Via the Adventure Cycling Association's Lewis & Clark Bicycle Route - which is slated to become U.S. Bicycle Route 50:


#2. Via MoBikeFed's Lewis & Clark Missouri River Adventure - currently under development, but with hundreds of miles of routes already usable:


#3. Via the Lewis & Clark - St Louis Confluence Bicycle Tour, which takes you to all three sides of the Missouri/Mississippi River Confluence, and explore many L&C historical sites:


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