Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 14

Aug 15, 2012 View Comments by

As we ride out of Glasgow the hill top sculptures of dinosaurs remind us that more than buffalo once roamed these lands. The artist has placed them as if they are just cresting a hill, ready for the hunt. Fortunately, they remain in place and we escape to a wonderful morning ride. Temps are cool and there is no wind—we ride for mile after mile, taking in the immense scenery of this unique landscape.

The afternoon ride was a big change-up. Temperatures rose to the low 100’s and the winds were way up, making our trek to Ft. Benton feel like a survivalist’s crawl across barren wastelands. But a true oasis awaited us in Ft. Benton, which lies along the Missouri. Here was the gentle river, with huge cottonwoods along the bank providing the first shade we’ve experienced in a long time. A small riverside park adjacent to our hotel became a much-appreciated place to just sit and relax. It was also home to another dog sculpture. Continuing our canine connection, we discovered a memorial to Shep, a border collie whose devotion to his master made him a legend. His master’s coffin was loaded on a train and shipped east. Shep continued to meet every arriving train for six years until his own death. The dog days of August must explain the recurring theme of man’s best friend on this tour. We watched the sun set from mid-river, atop an old railroad bridge, now a wonderful pedestrian causeway. This was like extra icing on the cake for today.

After two weeks and 2,000-plus miles we are getting to know the CanAm Spyders pretty well. The first thing about them that has been a big surprise is how much attention they generate. Everywhere we go people turn their heads and watch us ride by. The level of interest intensifies when we stop and a day never goes by without folks walking up to us filled with curiosity. For many it is the first time they have seen the Spyders and they just want to look at them, for others there are questions about performance and comfort.  We’ve even had some folks lay on the ground to look underneath; such is the level of curiosity. CanAm appears to have struck a real chord with these machines and we joke that we probably should be on commission for the sales presentations we are giving. In the days ahead we’ll share some riding impressions of these unique vehicles.

Text by Jeff Arpin

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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
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 7
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 8
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 9
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 10
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 11
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 12
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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 15
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 16
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 17
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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 19
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 20 
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 21 
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 22 

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