Thanks to the many backers so far of our Kickstarter campaign! http://kck.st/14EqSIn. The most popular award chosen has been the "Book Lover Extreme" -- an early manuscript of Daunted Courage: Cycling the Lewis & Clark Trail with Kids.
Eiko, Sho, Saya and I left NYC by car two days ago and made it this morning to St. Louis, the official starting point of Lewis & Clark's expedition. Our first stop was the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, a well maintained facility about 30 minutes outside of St. Louis that is designated, appropriately, as Trail Site #1 for those re-tracing the expedition route. Near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, it includes a replica of the fort that Lewis & Clark's crew lived in during the winter of 1803 - 4 as they prepared for the start of their expedition in May 1804. Brad Winn, the Site Manager, was generous with his time, giving us a personal tour and sharing his encyclopedic knowledge of the L&C expedition.
Here are some pics from the day:
Cleverhood sponsored our trip with these stylin' rain capes
Brad Winn, Site Manager of the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, giving me tips on the route
Brad Winn re-traced the L&C Trail by car last year, documented here
Eiko, Sho and Saya at the L&C State Historic Site
Saya strolling by a reproduction of the keelboat used by L&C
Sho with "lamb's ear," a plant that can be used as a bandaid
The arch in St. Louis