SPRINGFIELD, OR (BRAIN)—The Springfield High Cycling Club is preparing for a long distance bike ride this summer. Four high school students, led by history teacher James March, will experience American history firsthand by traveling the entire route of the historic Lewis and Clark expedition west by bike.
Soon after school is out in June, the group will depart from St. Louis, Missouri, on bike and travel through 11 states before reaching the end of the trail at the Pacific Ocean in Seaside, Oregon. At 3,253 miles along back roads, the trip will take approximately 50 days to complete.
The self-supported group will travel by bicycle only, no support van or vehicle will accompany them. Each participant will carry all necessary gear on their bike.
March, an experienced bike touring enthusiast, has been conducting fundraisers, getting some items donated and also contributing some of his own money to prepare the boys for the trip. The students have worked hard individually to raise funds for the trip as well.
“Now we’re reaching out to the bicycling community for support,” said March. “I see this as a real opportunity to immerse young people in history and create lifelong enthusiasts at the same time.”
Park Tool and Hutch’s Bicycle Shop in Springfield have agreed to assist with some basics. The group still needs some items including helmets, saddles, tubes and apparel.
To make contributions or gear donations to assist in this epic journey, contact James March at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-607-6391.