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We're focusing on the back roads of America today. And it's a rich part of our history, exploring the little-traveled reaches of our countryside. It was back in 1804 when forty military men and a huge black Newfoundland dog, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, set out on what was then an outrageously dangerous attempt to canoe from St. Louis, Missouri, to the Pacific Ocean. It has been said that they knew less about what lay in store for them than the astronauts knew about the moon. And the journals Lewis and Clark kept reflect the hardships, especially the unforgiving winters. This summer, a producer, Barrett Golding, and his buddy Joe are retracing the Lewis-and-Clark expedition route on mountain bikes. Barrett is chronicling his adventure for The Savvy Traveler, leaving us a steady stream of messages.

Biking With Lewis & Clark, Part II

By Barrett Golding, 6/29/2001

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The "Great Pains and Accuracy" Tour is named after Jefferson's 1803 instructions to Lewis: "Your observations are to be taken with great pains and accuracy, to be entered distinctly and intelligibly, for others as well as yourself."

This show comes from HearingVoices.com, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The website for our bike/mic trip: http://www.hearingvoices.com/trail/.

There's also a discussion board dedicated to the project at: http://ranger78.webcrossing.com/WebX?50@225.lkgwaiJoaWP^3@.ee80d1b.

An excellent web site is "Discovering Lewis and Clark": http://www.lewis-clark.org.

You can find other pieces in the "Biking With Lewis and Clark" series at:

Part I
Part III
Part IV

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