Crossing America On Can-Am Spyders

Sep 13, 2012 View Comments by

After completing our cross-country journey along the Lewis and Clark Trail, I’ve given much thought to the high-tech mounts that transported us over 3,400 miles. As any Can-Am owner will likely tell you, piloting a Can-Am is very different from riding a motorcycle. Because the vehicle has two wheels in the front, counter steering cannot […]

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 22

Aug 24, 2012 View Comments by

With their arrival at Fort Clatsop, the Corp of Discovery reached their goal – the great ocean. With our visit there we reached the end of our adventure. Not fully content, we rode south on 101 to Seaside and had the good fortune of riding right onto a wonderful stretch of beach and even ceremoniously […]

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 21

Aug 23, 2012 View Comments by

We begin our 21st day in The Dalles, OR, which, unlike that city in Texas, is pronounced “The Dals”. When Lewis and Clark passed through here in 1805, this narrow section of the Columbia River produced dangerous rapids that, today, would be considered Class V, which are generally not navigable by even a modern canoe. […]

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America–Day 20

Aug 22, 2012 View Comments by

The confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers hosts a small park and interpretive center named in honor of Sacajawea. It is our starting point for the day as we now join the river that brought the Corp to the ocean. This is probably a good place to stop and express our gratitude for all […]

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 19

Aug 21, 2012 View Comments by

We awake to cool, pine-scented mountain breezes in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho, a far different climate than the early snow that Lewis, Clark, and their Corps of Discovery experienced in the fall of 1805. They didn’t have a cell signal then and neither do we now in this still remote area. Although the thickly […]

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 18

Aug 20, 2012 View Comments by

Rested and ready to go, we leave Missoula, but not before we do a victory lap through the old downtown thanks to a GPS unit that must not want to go back to work. Soon we head west and stop in at Traveler’s Rest—the only archaeologically verified Lewis and Clark campsite. Recent research, aided by […]

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 17

Aug 18, 2012 View Comments by

I’ve been riding the white Can-Am with the trailer for 17 days now. Unlike some motorcycle manufacturers, who will remain nameless, Can-Am does not void a bike’s warranty as soon as a trailer is added. Can-Am makes and offers a trailer to its customers. Indeed, their trailer is a very well designed option for long-distance […]

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 16

Aug 17, 2012 View Comments by

I pulled a smart move yesterday: losing my grip on the ignition key when I pulled it out, only to see it fall into an inaccessible void at the base of the handlebars.  Panic!  I took out my now-sacred second key and vowed to obsess over it for the rest of the trip.  The Can-Am […]

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 13

Aug 14, 2012 View Comments by

Rolling out of bed this morning, I check the weather, first thing, on my iPhone: 47 degrees! The heat and humidity of Missouri now seems like a very distant memory. We linger over breakfast at the hotel in Williston, SD, giving the Sun ample opportunity to warm things up a bit, which it does. US […]

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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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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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