Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 7

Aug 08, 2012 View Comments by

We’ve been on the road now for a week and, already, the days, roads, sights, sounds, aromas, food, and countless people are merging into an unbroken procession that’s not defined or divided by individual days or hours. There’s no air-conditioned, through-the-windshield separation between us and our environment. We’re often hot and sweaty, but the sensory experience gained while passing through the multitude of distinct worlds being lived in by countless others is a rich reward for the effort invested.

Our riding day began in Omaha, NE and ended 212 miles later in Yankton, SD. Today’s route took us back and forth over the Missouri River numerous times, Kayla kept asking me if we were in Nebraska or Iowa; it was, indeed, hard to keep track. Some of the highlights of our day included:

  • Seeing the location of the first major council between Lewis and Clark and Native Americans.
  • Touring Fort Atkinson, one of the largest forts built west of the Mississippi.
  • Riding through the verdant, almost magical looking landscape known as Iowa’s Loess Hills.
  • Paying our respects at the gravesite of Sgt. Floyd, marked by an obelisk on a high bluff overlooking the Missouri River—miraculously, he was the only casualty during the expedition and he died from natural causes.
  • Touring an operational keelboat replica in Lewis and Clark State Park.
  • We never ventured too far from our watery, ever flowing touchstone, the mighty Missouri River.

The scale of the landscape here is hard to wrap your mind around. We’ll be taking in even more of it tomorrow, as we journey deeper into South Dakota.

Read more here:

Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Intro
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 1
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 2
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 3
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 4
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 5
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 6
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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 9
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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 11
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 12
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