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 
