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Old 04-16-14, 04:21 PM
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Lewis and Clark trail

July 2014, C&O to GAP to ? To Lewis &Clark...

Her and I with bikes and tent...

How is cell signal? ATT or verizon?
Route recommendations from Pittsburg to St. Louis?
Some folks say the surface of L&C is rough and parallel roads are not too crowded ( I Spose this depends on where along the trail)
I'd be happy to hear of your experiences along any of these routes.
Thanks for sharing.
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Originally Posted by euclidpb View Post
July 2014, C&O to GAP to ? To Lewis &Clark...

Her and I with bikes and tent...

How is cell signal? ATT or verizon?
Route recommendations from Pittsburg to St. Louis?
Some folks say the surface of L&C is rough and parallel roads are not too crowded ( I Spose this depends on where along the trail)
I'd be happy to hear of your experiences along any of these routes.
Thanks for sharing.
About the only place along the Lewis and Clark where you might have cell problems would be in Idaho and western Montana and that would be due to the mountains. Everywhere else is going to have pretty normal coverage.

A reasonable route from Pittsburg to St. Louis would be to follow the Ohio River. Maybe not follow it exactly...there's a lot of twists and turns to the Ohio but I'd follow it closely enough. I've ridden along it in Ohio and Indiana. The Ohio Scenic Byway would be a good place to start. Perhaps cut across Ohio from Pittsburgh to Columbus to Cincinatti to shorten the distance a bit.

There really isn't a "Lewis and Clark Trail". The route that the Adventure Cycle Association puts out follows the general route and can have good roads, bad roads, bike ways and some Interstate travel on the route. I've done the eastern third (St. Louis to Vermillion) and the western third (Missoula to Astoria). The eastern third has more dirt and rougher roads than the western third. Finding food, water and shelter is also a bit harder on the eastern end due to Helmartization. Lots of little towns along the route have been hollowed out but the Helmarts in the larger cities.

Go read "Solo without Pie" and "Picking the Scablands" in my signature for my experiences on the two ends. I haven't done the center section yet, but all the oil drilling in North Dakota has caused some routing issues. ACA has addressed them but expect lots of traffic from what I hear.
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Old 04-16-14, 05:31 PM
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With a few exceptions, such as crossing the Rocky Mountains, the Corps traveled on two principle rivers (Missouri and Columbia) and their tributaries. I've always wanted to bike the route.
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DIY, follow the rivers. Great idea. Read 'Undaunted Courage'.
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How is cell signal? ATT or verizon?
I would ask them about their coverage areas, if I were You.

US Civilization back then, Jeffersonian Administration , had them starting at St Louis .
the western edge , then into what was the Louisiana purchase ..

File:Carte Lewis-Clark Expedition-en.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Don't forget the KATY Trail. It follows the Missouri River from St. Charles (near St Louis) to western Missouri. It's smooth and flat gravel with plenty of camping.
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Originally Posted by euclidpb View Post
Some folks say the surface of L&C is rough and parallel roads are not too crowded ( I Spose this depends on where along the trail) I'd be happy to hear of your experiences along any of these routes.
Thanks for sharing.
As noted, while the route may incorporate some bike trails, it's not a trail. And if you take the "long way" in MT through places like Twin bridges, Dillon and Wisdom), you will have plenty of low traffic roads and lots of climbing.
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I rode the ACA Lewis and Clark Trail route from St Louis to Astoria in 2005 and if I recall correctly had AT&T coverage the whole way except perhaps for a few places in Eastern MT. Have a great ride!
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Old 05-12-14, 07:15 PM
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thanks everyone. Kip...

Im so excited planning this ride. Hope its not too nasty hot for too long ( I think im more excited about the northern states), just a bit concerned about the bears
& others out west.
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My wife and I are presently riding this route! We are in St. Charles, MO. See our blog on Crazy Guy on A Bike. "Undaunted Perservence across America"
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I'm gonna check it out. . Pairasonics.WordPress.com, we are in Missouri. Starting Katy trail tomorrow. . Do you carry a water filter, or pills? . Thanks.. . Tenting or motels?
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Originally Posted by euclidpb View Post
Do you carry a water filter, or pills?
Have you looked at the maps for services availability? You likely don't need either a filter or pills.
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Originally Posted by euclidpb View Post
I'm gonna check it out. . Pairasonics.WordPress.com, we are in Missouri. Starting Katy trail tomorrow. . Do you carry a water filter, or pills? . Thanks.. . Tenting or motels?
The KATY has adequate trail heads with water available. No need for water pills or a filter on it.

You can tent, motel, and bed and breakfast. There are a few places where even tenting can be sparse so plan ahead.

I highly recommend Hermann, Missouri as a place to spend the night.

I use Verizon and have found very few dead spots on the Katy. There's a few places where you may need roaming and there's telephone but no data. Very few though.
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Old 08-22-14, 08:21 AM
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Thanks JERRYSTL,

we finished katy and had no problems with or fears of water shortage. We are now in Pierre SD, and going toward Bismarck. Hoping to avoid too many big Oil trucks......
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When in Pierre be sure cross the Oahe Dam, 2nd largest earthen dam in the world.
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When in Pierre be sure cross the Oahe Dam, 2nd largest earthen dam in the world.
You may know this, but Pierre is the only U.S. state capital that does have any letters in common with the name of the state that it is the capital of.

Seriosuly considering doing a loop out of Rapid City next year that would include most of the Mickelson Trail and take me down into NW Nebraksa. I may hit you up for some advice.
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Great puzzle..,,
We probably did use that trail, but don't remember it specifically (it blurs together after a few months of this....) if you can suffer through my journal, it may reveal some details of this trail (although I'm a bit lazy to include great detail of trail conditions.). I recall the ever-present wind and larger hills than Missouri part of L&C. Maybe the hills that I remember are a con sequence of having left the Katy trail, and my bad hip...........
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