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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 12

Aug 13, 2012 View Comments by

We logged 255 miles today, but only 235 were on purpose! Trying to follow the designated Lewis and Clark trail, the very smooth pavement turned to gravel after about 10 miles. So back we went to Bismarck. This was just one of many U-turns we took—something that comes with exploring new places. First up, after […]

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 11

Aug 12, 2012 View Comments by

Our eleventh day on the road dawned overcast and cool, which was soon followed by a steady rain—good news for the farmers. Fortunately, this is a rest day for us; the pitter, patter of the raindrops made sleeping in all the sweeter. Our plan had been to visit Fort Abraham Lincoln and the museum at […]

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 10

Aug 11, 2012 View Comments by

Today was just an ordinary day: arctic cold, fuzzy buffalo, strange bovines, demanding travel gods, failure and hunger. With morning temps in the low 60’s it did feel like the North Pole compared to our usual 90’s-100-degree temperatures when we set out.  It made for a very different ride, even though the landscape was much […]

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The Website Launch Contest Colorado Tour is Here!

Aug 10, 2012 View Comments by

Last December, RoadRUNNER launched our new, cutting edge website. To celebrate, we held a New Website Launch Contest to give away a four day, four night all expenses paid motorcycle tour for two with Christa and Florian Neuhauser. The time for that tour has come and the lucky winner, Jim Williamson of Couer d’Alene, ID […]

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 9

Aug 10, 2012 View Comments by

Light winds blow a cool breeze off the Missouri River as we load our gear and prepare to depart Chamberlain, SD. The ambient temperature registers in the high 60s, which makes for an invigorating start to our touring day. Our route winds its way to a high plateau, overlooking the Missouri River’s wide expanse. The […]

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 8

Aug 09, 2012 View Comments by

This trip has included a lot of visits to Nebraska – by my count at least 7, maybe 17. It seems every time I pay attention to where we are we have again crossed over the Missouri and returned. Today was no different. No sooner were we underway from Yankton, SD, when those “Welcome to […]

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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 […]

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Survivor Ride on a Kawasaki Concours 14

Aug 08, 2012 View Comments by

After a life altering motorcycle accident on September 25, 2005 that resulted in skin grafts on over 50 percent of her body, Brittany Morrow dedicated her life to promoting motorcycle safety. With the help of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, she has since founded Rock the Gear, a non-profit organization committed to supporting motorcycle safety apparel […]

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 6

Aug 07, 2012 View Comments by

Our expedition members were granted an extra hour of sleep by Capt. Parks this day—a most appreciated luxury. There was, however, an incident with a lesser team member that we need to monitor. It seems that Camelback, a small fellow who hitches a ride on Jim’s back and sleeps in the trailer, may have some […]

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 4

Aug 05, 2012 View Comments by

Today was a day of sights. Jim providing direct customer feedback to an errant gas station pump (yes, the pump itself).  Kayla saving us from a GPS induced roundabout purgatory. Fields of corn. Small towns, faded but with architectural charm. Some more fields of corn. Jim taking photos still clad in helmet and Camelback – […]

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 3

Aug 04, 2012 View Comments by

After touring the charming historic streets of St. Charles, we headed west on State Road 94, which is designated as the Lewis & Clark Trail and closely follows the Missouri River. The bottomland of the Missouri River flood plain is normally a bountiful location for agriculture, but the unusually dry/hot weather conditions have wiped out […]

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 2

Aug 03, 2012 View Comments by

Day two began with a visit to William Clark’s gravesite, a place of subtle remembrance for a man who helped open such a huge chapter in this country’s history. It was also a day to visit a first touchstone of the Corps of Discovery’s epic journey as we rode to the Lewis and Clark State […]

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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 […]

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America

Aug 01, 2012 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER editor James T. Parks will lead a small party of volunteers along a land route that generally parallels the 1804-06 (mostly waterborne) route of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson consummated one of the sweetest real estate deals in American history by purchasing the Louisiana territory from France. Jefferson chose […]

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RoadRUNNER’S Bucket List Roads: The San Juan Skyway

Jul 06, 2012 View Comments by

Location: San Juan Mountains in Southwest Colorado. Length: Approximately 260 miles Time Required: Two to three days, depending on number and duration of stops along the route Scenery: It doesn’t get any better than this Curves: Some of the most challenging riding in the West, treat this route with the respect it deserves      […]

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