In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark
From Illinois to the Pacific
July 26 - Aug. 12, 2015




Statistical Reports

Each year on our Lewis and Clark Road Scholars Tour we try to emulate the Corps of Discovery. We carry the  15 star,  15 stripe flag they carried, and raise it at many significant places including the three forts they built. We hand out Mardi Gras beads as rewards for anything that helps the morale of the group – good jokes, bad jokes, helping with baggage and / or picnic lunches, random acts of kindness, and helping others. Whatever happens we relate to the expedition

Bus Movements and Mileage

Its fun to count up how many times we get on and off the bus. In one year our counter figured that with over 200 movements at 4 steps each, we climbed a 5 story building. Janet kept the log as a journal, and each morning she would recount all the happenings of the previous day, with times and everything. I really enjoyed the recaps and now we have a pretty good idea of the actual times it took to do the various stops, including drive times. This will be a valuable tool in planning future trips. I have included copies of her daily reports.

Janet went much further than anyone did in previous years and her work is presented by photos of her daily reports.

What follows below is a summary made by me later. In some cases there may be disagreement, but it does not matter, because we were never looking for perfection, and some stops may not have been noted because only a few of us went, such as the show in Medora.  And, if you read the journals, there is often minor disagreement about many details. Clark, himself would often write two entries on the same day, which did not agree with each other in small details.

Some stops were not counted because only a few of us went, such as the show at Medora, ND.

Altogether we made about at least 112 stops for a total of 224 or more movements (we climbed a 6 story building). A stop equals two movements. We get a weird pleasure out of the bigger numbers

Day 2 – 14 movements for 14 ttl

Day 8 – 10 for 102

Day 14 – 20 for 186

Day 3 -  14 for 28

Day 9 – 8 for 110

Day 15 – 14 for 200

Day 4 – 20 for 48

Day 10 – 10 for 122

Day 16 – 16 for 216

Day 5 – 12 for 60

Day 11 – 16 for 138

Day 17 – 8 for 224

Day 6 – 14 for 74

Day 12 – 12 for 150

 

Day 7 – 18 for 92

Day 13 – 16 for 166

 

Janet's detailed log

Daily Mileage Report (from my Google route maps). Again this may not agree exactly with Marian’s report, but it is pretty close.

Day 02 Day 03 Day 04 Day 05 Day 06 Day 07 Day 08 Day 09 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17
98 249 262 131 275 242 218 292 255 120 150 200 242 293 248 116
  347 609 740 1015 1257 1475 1767 2022 2142 2292 2492 2734 3027 3275 3391

Mileage by state from Marian’s report

IL -26

ND – 334

MO -483

MT – 1040

KS – 2

ID – 181

NE – 69

WA – 338

IA – 158

OR - 298

SD - 496

Total 3425

We also keep daily reports of mileage, river crossings, and on/off bus motions. It’s all for fun and we don’t look for perfection. This year Marian P. did the mileage, Janet M. did the on/off, and Mary A. did the toughest job – Rivers. The following is just an approximation of the L&C rivers we noted as we crossed or encountered them.


 
Day 2 St. Charles, St. Louis
Mississippi – 2 crossings for a total of 2
 Missouri - 2 for a total of  2
Day 10 Billings to Helena
Yellowstone 2 for a total of 5
Gallatin 3 for a total of 3
Madison 1 for a total of 1
Jefferson 1 for a total of 1
Day 3 St. Charles to Independence
Missouri – 1 for a total of 3
Lamine R – 1 crossing for a total of 1

Day 11 Helena to Great Falls
Missouri 9 for a total of 24 plus a boat ride
Dearborn 1 for a total of 1

Day 4 Independence to Council Bluffs
 Missouri – 5 crossings for a total of 8
 Kansas (Kaw) -  2, for a total of 2
Platte R. 1 for a total of 1

Day 12 Great Falls
Missouri 2 for a total of 26
Viewed Sun (Medicine) River
Viewed Marias (Maria’s) River Confluence
Viewed Teton (Tanzey or Rose) R 1 for 1

Day 5 Council Bluffs to Yankton
Floyd River 1 for a total of 1
Big Sioux R. 1 for a total of 1
Vermilion (White Stone Creek) – 2 for a total of 2
Day 13 Great Falls to Missoula, Mt
Missouri 1 for a final total of 27
Sun River 1 for a total of 1
Blackfoot R 2 for a total of 2
Clark Fork 2 for a total of 2
Day 6 Yankton to Pierre
Missouri – 4 for a total of 12
Bad (Clark’s Teton) R. – 1 for a total of 1

Day 14 Missoula to Lewiston
Clark Fork 1 for a total of 3
Bitterroot R. 1 for a total of 1
Lolo Creek (Traveler’s Rest Creek) 2 for a total of 2
Crooked Fork of Lochsa River 1 for a total of 1
Clearwater (Kooskooske)  R. 5 for a total of 5

Day 7 Pierre to Bismarck
Missouri – 2 for a total of 14, plus a boat ride
Grand R. 1 for a total of 1
Cannonball 1 for a total of 1
Heart River 1 for a total of 1

Day 15 Lewiston to The Dalles
Clearwater 1 for a total of 6
Snake (Kimooeenum) 3 for a total of 3

 

Day 8 Bismarck to Medora
Missouri 1 for a total of 15
Knife River 1 for a total of 1
Little Missouri R. 2 for a total of 2

Day 16 The Dalles to Astoria
Columbia R. 2 for a total of 2
Cowlitz (
Cow e lis kee ) R.  1 for a total of 1
Day 9 Medora to Billings
Yellowstone (Roche Jaune) 3 for a total of 3
Big Horn 1 for a total of 1

 Day 17 Astoria to Portland
Columbia 4 for a total of 6
Cowlitz 1 for a total of 2