Spoke ‘n Revolutions 2012 Westward Expeditionist Tour
We begin this summer’s westward tour on June 22, 2012 leaving Chapel Hill for Council Bluffs, Iowa. Once there we’ll be following the Lewis & Clark Trail to Bismarck, ND before heading southwest toward the Black Hills to pick up the Buffalo Soldiers’ 1896 bicycle route .
The Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the “Corps of Discovery Expedition” (1804–1806), was the first transcontinental expedition to the Pacific coast undertaken by the United States. Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson, it was led by two Virginia-born veterans of Indian wars in the Ohio Valley, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on September 21, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
The nickname was said to have been given to the “Negro Cavalry” by the Native American tribes they fought; the term eventually became synonymous with all of the African-American regiments formed in 1866:
▪ 9th Cavalry Regiment
▪ 10th Cavalry Regiment
▪ 24th Infantry Regiment
▪ 25th Infantry Regiment
Spoke ‘n Revolutions Youth Cyclists are proud to commemorate the role that the Buffalo Soldiers played in the early stages of America and to remember the good and the “not so good”. Noting that Black people have been leaders in American endeavors even before the creation of the country. Aligning culturally relavant history to youth cyclists and the community that follows their journeys.
We will also pay homage to York, the first black man to cross the continent north of Mexico and who also played a meaningful role in our young nation’s first exploration of the American West. He faithfully performed his share of the duties required of every member in order for the expedition to reach the Pacific and return*. He had his own rifle. He was a full member of the expedition.
This is pretty close to what we will be doing this summer. The only possible route change will be in week 3. We are trying to figure out how to get from Bismarck to Billings. The route I mapped out below is one I made up so we could have an opportunity to head south west and hit the Bad Lands. Going this route also gives us more time on the Buffalo Soldier route. This, however, adds a few extra days to the total trip. If we don’t head southwest we will just cut directly west from Bismarck to Billings and pick up the Buffalo Soldier route there. We will still hit Theodore Roosevelt National Park .
6/22 – Drive 12 hours to Bloomington, IN – stay @ home of Brad & Jenn Trimble
6/23 – Drive 6 hours to Council Bluffs, IA
6/23 – Lewis & Clark Monument Park & Western Historic Trails Center-Council Bluffs,IA
6/24 – 1st day full ride to Lewis & Clark State Park to spend the night – Onawa, Iowa
6/25 – Day 2 ride past Winnebago and Omaha Indian Reservations thru to Sioux City to Elk Point, SD for the night
6/26 – Day 3 ride past Spirit Mound, Lewis & Clark Lake Regional Visitor Center, Santee Indian Reservation to Niobrara, NE State Park for the night
6/27 – Day 4 cycle to Fairfax, SD for the night
6/28 – Day 5 cycle to Snake Creek Recreation Area for the night
6/29 – Day 6 cycle pass/thru Crow Creek Sioux Indian Reservation to Fort Thompson, SD for the night
6/30 – Day 7 cycle thru Lower Brule Sioux Indian Reservation, thru Fort Pierre National Grassland to Fort Pierre for the night
7/1 – Cycle to Akaska, SD for the night
7/2 – Cycle past Cheyenne River Indian Reservation and Standing Rock Indian
Reservation to Pollock, SD for the night (visit Pocasse National Wildlife Refuge)
7/3 – Cycle thru Sunburst Lake National Wildlife Refuge to Emmons Co. ND, near Fort Rice for the night
7/4 – Cycle to Bismarck, ND arrive early. Visit Fort Lincoln State Park stay the night to celebrate 4th of July.
7/5 – Cycle from Bismarck, ND to Dickinson, ND, stay the night
7/6 – Spend the day in Theodore Roosevelt National Park
7/7 – Cycle from Belfield, ND to Bowman Haley Lake to spend the night
7/8 – Cycle from Bowman Haley Lake to Belle Fourche, SD to stay the night
7/9 – Spend the day by van traveling to Black Hills National Forest, Custer State Park, and Badlands National Park. Drive to Moorcroft, WY (Buffalo Soldier Route)
7/10 – Cycle from Moorcraft, WY (75 miles) then drive to Sheridan, WY for the night
7/11- Cycle from Sheridan, WY (50 miles) then drive to Billings, MT for the night
7/12 – Drive to Big Timber, Spend night in Tetons
7/13 – Spend day in Tetons & Head to east side of Yellowstone National Park
7/14 – Spend day in west side Yellowstone National Park drive to Bozeman, MT
7/15 – Cycle from Bozeman, MT to Twin Bridges, MT (leave Buffalo Soldier route in Three Forks, MT)
7/16 – Cycle from Twin Bridges, MT to Grant, MT
7/17 – Cycle from Grant, MT to North Fork, ID (visit Sacajawea Interpretive Center)
7/18 – Cycle from North Fork, ID to Hamilton, MT
7/19 – Cycle from Hamilton, MT to Missoula, MT (Missoula is where Buffalo Soldier
Route began and intersects with Lewis and Clark, visit Adventure Cycling Headquarters)
7/20- Cycle from Missoula, MT to Lowell, MT
7/21 – Cycle from Lowell, MT to Ferdinand, ID (Nez Perce Indian Reservation)
7/22 – Cycle from Ferdinand, ID to Pomeroy, WA (possible visit to Nez Perce National Historic Park)
7/23 – Cycle from Pomeroy, WA to Touchet, WA
7/24 Cycle from Touchet, WA to North Roosevelt, WA
7/25 – 7/26 -Cycle from North Roosevelt, WA to Portland, OR (pass Celilo Falls Overlook, Beacon Rock State Park, and Fort Rock Campsite)
7/27- Cycle from Portland, OR to West Port, OR (visit Fort Clatsop National Memorial & Salt Works Camp)
7/28 -Cycle from West Port, OR to Seaside, OR
37 days total, 30 days cycling, Over 2000 total miles cycled
This concludes the first leg of our summer tour. These dates are approximate wherever possible, we will move the dates up if we can ride more on days that are flatter. Our goal is to reach Seaside, OR by 7/28. If our financial situation allows us to continue on next we will travel from……
Seaside, OR we will continue south towards San Francisco (another 840 miles) then drive east another 160 miles to reach Yosemite. We hope to ride an additional 10 days down the Pacific Coast Trail to reach San Fran on the 7th. Spend a full day/evening in San Fran then drive to Yosemite on the 9th of August. Stay in Yosemite the 9th and 10th. Drive back to NC beginning on the 11th. We should reach Chapel Hill, NC on the sometime on the 13th.
***This section of the tour is optional as it is meant to be more relaxed, fun, and carefree. If you would like your teen to continue on they may do so. If not, you will need to purchase a ticket for them to return to North Carolina leaving out of Portland on the 26th of July in the evening or on the 27th in the morning. If they can cycle a bit longer you may also consider purchasing a ticket out of San Francisco for 8/7 in the evening or anytime on 8/8.
7/29 – Pacific Coast Trail, Seaside, OR to EE Wilson Game Area (Monmoth, CA)
7/30 – Cycle from EE Wilson Game Area Monmoth, CA to Cottage Grove, OR
7/31 – Cycle from Cottage Grove, OR to Myrtle Creek, OR
8/1 – Cycle from Myrtle Creek, OR to Medford, OR
8/2 – Cycle from Medford, OR to Crescent City, CA
8/3 – Cycle from Crescent City, CA to Arcata, CA (stop in Redwood National Park)
8/4 – Cycle from Arcata, CA to Humbolt Redwoods State Park in Honeydew, CA
8/5 – Cycle from Honeydew, CA to Westport, CA
8/6 – Cycle from Westport, CA to Gualala, CA
8/7 – Cycle from Gualala, CA to Pt. Reyes Station, CA
8/8 – Cycle from Pt. Reyes Station, CA to San Francisco, CA (spend day/night)
8/9 – Drive to Yosemite National Park, CA
8/9 – 8/10 Spend in Yosemite National Park, CA
8/11 – 8/13 Drive back to NC
15 additonal days, 10 extra days of cycling, additional 840 miles
Final Total: 52 total days, 40 days of cycling, approximately 2900 miles cycled!!!!!