For more than 25 years, the Missoula, Montana-based Adventure Cycling
Association has been sending research teams into the field to track down
the very best cycling byways in North America.
Now, the American Cycling Association has mapped a new trail to honor
the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Some individuals have asked, "Why a bicycle trail?' After
all, the Corps of Discovery traveled primarily over water."
"Our answer to that," said LCBT national coordinator, Michael McCoy, "is
that the bicycle is perfectly suited to exploring the landscapes and
mindscapes of the Lewis and Clark expedition. A bicycle covers
ground relatively quickly, yet forces modern-day explorers to slow down
and be exposed to the elements." McCoy added that bicycling the
LBCT, which primarily follows existing paved roads, will permit riders
to see many of the same sights, and hear the sounds and smell the
smells, that Lewis and Clark experienced 200 years ago.
For the ultimate Lewis and Clark experience the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail is the only way to go.
This new Adventure Cycling route follows the famous explorers' trail as
closely as possible and includes options for the different routes the
corps took on their return trip.