Author Topic: Lewis & Clark or Trans Am to Missoula?  (Read 4819 times)

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Offline bikeguy54

Lewis & Clark or Trans Am to Missoula?
« on: May 18, 2011, 08:49:07 am »
It looks like the Lewis & Clark Trail is shorter than the TA from the coast to Missoula. Anybody have any thoughts or recommendations for using one over the other?

I'm hoping to do the coast to coast crossing on my recumbent at the end of July or first week of August. Trimming a week from the trip would be helpful for a couple of reasons if one route is quicker than the other. Thanks in advance.

Offline John Nelson

Re: Lewis & Clark or Trans Am to Missoula?
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2011, 04:40:54 pm »
Missoula to Astoria via L&C is about 690 miles. If you actually want to touch the Pacific Ocean, you'll need to go another 15 to 20 miles. (Assuming you stop in Yorktown, however, you won't technically touch the Atlantic Ocean either.)

Missoula to Florence via TA is about 840 miles. (It's 150 miles more to Astoria, or 130 miles more to Seaside, instead of Florence.)

Depending on how far you go in a day, L&C would save you two, maybe three, days. You could save just as much time by averaging 2 miles farther each day as you cross.

If you get in a hurry, there are twenty ways to save 10 miles here, 20 miles there, as you cross the country by deviating from the ACA route, but I don't recommend any of them. One such way is to cut off that little side trip into Missoula, but I don't recommend that either unless you have to because of time.

I've done the TA but not the L&C, so I cannot compare the routes. It's probably six of one, half dozen of the other. Fun either way. But you don't want to be in too much of a rush.