Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 1

Aug 02, 2012 View Comments by

Our day started at 5:00 a.m. with a trip to Dulles Airport, just outside of Washington, DC, for our flight to St. Louis. What took Lewis and Clark the better part of a year to travel to the trading outpost of St. Louis and prepare for their two-year long expedition only required us a few hours aboard a flying machine—something that the two captains could never have imagined 200 years ago.

We will be traveling the trail on a 21st century conveyance that also would have been unimaginable 200 years ago: two Can-Am Spyders kindly made available by their Canadian manufacturer. We’re picked up at the St. Louis International Airport in a very un-Lewis and Clark style by the local Can-Am dealer (Cowtown USA), which has prepped our two Spyders. Kayla and Jeff quickly ensconce themselves in the stretch limo for the 90 mile ride to the Can-Am dealership in Cuba, MO. Kayla immediately sends out a few texts to friends about our good fortune, but she’s very disappointed later to learn that we won’t be riding in the big white limo all the way to Oregon.

After a thorough operational briefing by the sales manager at Cowtown, we load up and head our three-wheeled ponies down some iconic tarmac. It’s none other than historic Route 66. Our shakedown run terminates near Cuba for some of the best, mouth-watering bar-b-que in these parts. After our sumptuous feast, we head back to St. Louis, but don’t arrive at our hotel until well after dark. Tomorrow, our travels will take us to numerous Lewis and Clark historic sites in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

 

 

 

 

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Intro
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 2
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