I was thinking about some ideas for another trek and thought I would throw this one out there. I plan to follow the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition that officially started at St Louis, eventually reaching the Pacific coast at the mouth of the Columbia River.
I’m thinking that navigation won’t be too much of an issue for most of the route seeing as most of it follows a major river. It could be flown in anything really, but I’m thinking low and slow in a bush plane or something amphibious would be most fun. For an extra challenge we could start out at Pittsburgh PA (where the expedition boat was built and launched), follow the Ohio River, and then the Mississippi up to St Louis before starting the official expedition.
Google Earth map showing the outbound route from St Louis. Lewis and Clark split up for the return journey, shown in yellow.
I have a copy of Stephen Ambrose’s Undaunted Courage which I plan to read as I make my way along the route. This might take awhile, but I think it will help bring some added interest to the journey.
Who’s in? I’m going anyway! Probably starting in Pittsburgh.