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Old 01-30-07, 09:25 PM   #1
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Adventure Cycling Lewis & Clark?

Has anyone traveled the Lewis & Clark route as layed out by Adventure Cycling, particularly in reverse? We are looking at the trip this September from Astoria to Montana +.

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Hi,
I followed the L & C to Missoula from Seaside, Oregon in 2005.
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http://home.comcast.net/~bikerlee/c2c/index.htm

It was a nice ride.
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Hi,
I followed the L & C to Missoula from Seaside, Oregon in 2005.
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It was a nice ride.
I followed it from Missoula to Astoria in 2005. See below. I'm not sure I'd want to do it the other way It's uphill allllllllllllllllll the way to Missoula...except for the last 25 miles or so. What's the fun in that?
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I followed it from Missoula to Astoria in 2005. See below. I'm not sure I'd want to do it the other way It's uphill allllllllllllllllll the way to Missoula...except for the last 25 miles or so. What's the fun in that?
How were the winds in the Columbia Gorge? :>**
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How were the winds in the Columbia Gorge? :>**
Blew like a sommaabi... up river for a few days. Thankfully only one of those was a ride day (the 9th straight day of riding and we were really, really tired ). When we headed down the Gorge from The Dalles, the wind was at our back and blowing 20+ mph...Wheeeeeeeeeee! Downhill and a tailwind...bonus!
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...We are looking at the trip this September from Astoria to Montana +.
The "September" thing caught my eye.

My wife and I rode the L&C trail -- before it was an ACA trail -- in 2001, from Portland as far as Yellowstone. (Well, the last part was off their trail, since Lewis and Clark missed Yellowstone by a day's ride...)

It snowed on us the last week of July, in the Big Hole area of Montana. If you're planning to start in Astoria in September, be ready for some possible very averse weather. Not guaranteed, but then Lewis and Clark also almost froze to death the summer they came down Lolo Pass. Prepare yourself for winter conditions in the Rockies, unless you plan that stretch for the week of July 4th.

If you're prepared, it will be a spectacular trip. The natural beauty, the native history, the slow march through geology along ancient human tracks -- it's one helluva trip. For me, the end of a tour is usually steeped in a sense of achievement; on this trip, all I felt was a sense of history.

I haven't been east of Montana on this trail. We didn't ride Lemhi Pass (but did ride through the Salmon River area on the way back). If you're considering riding over Lemhi Pass, be doubly prepared at that time of year. Also, about winds in the Columbia Gorge: generally they're strong east winds in the winter, and strong west winds in the summer. But any one day could catch you in reverse. And, all considered, September is a 50-50 call.

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