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Ride north beside the Missouri River through the great grass prairies of the Dakotas on this 3rd leg of the Lewis and Clark journey. Begin in Pierre, South Dakota. Pedal roads devoid of cars and cities, through a land of subtle geological features, clean landscapes and the massive Missouri. Nearly to Canada, the route wanders west into Williston, North Dakota. (At this point in the explorers' journey, Meriwether Lewis was accidentally shot in the rear by one of his staff. He continued on, carried by stretcher, uncertain of the fate of the expedition.) We'll stop here to prepare for the 4th stretch of our epic journey in the path of the explorers.
Meet us in Pierre, South Dakota. Head out on a broad-shouldered highway, then friendly roads through fields of sunflowers to a lakefront resort.
This morning, head away from Pierre and the banks of the Missouri River via wide-shoulder Hwy 1804. Take a gander across the Oahe Dam, mother of one of the largest artificial reservoirs in the United States. Bicycle past sunflower fields on friendly roads as you make you way to Bob’s Resort. Known for its fishing, this is a down-to-earth, friendly area where a farmer might just come out to check on you to make sure you’re doing okay!
Ride range-land and riverside bike path to Mobridge.
Ride though corn and sunflower fields and through range country, leaving behind the views of the river. Enjoy lunch at the locals' favorite lodge. Bike some amazing winding roads into the town of Mobridge. After lunch, ride Mobridge's Lewis and Clark interpretive bike trail along the banks of the Missouri River. Stay tonight at the Wrangler Inn.
Cross the state line today, riding from Mobridge, South Dakota into North Dakota. Take a private tour of the Sitting Bull Visitor Center. Try your hand at the casino tables tonight.
Cross the “Mighty Mo” this morning, then bicycle to the Sitting Bull Visitor Center. Take a private tour that includes a visit to Sitting Bull’s burial site plus the Standing Rock Council. Enjoy lunch outside on the western banks of the river. Today being a day of contrasts, from here you'll bicycle onward to the (smoke-free) Prairie Knights casino, tonight's lodging. Enjoy a gourmet dinner, then try your luck at the tables afterward!
Today's ride: Ft. Yates to Bismarck. Explore the Fort Huff Indian Village and Fort Lincoln State Park.
Bicycle the west side of the river this morning. Enjoy expansive views and a stop at Ft. Huff Indian Village before lunch under the shade trees lining the Heart River at Fort Lincoln State Park. Explore the grounds, then shuttle a short way to tonight’s lodging in Bismarck and a wonderful dinner downtown at Pirogue’s Grill.
Cruise from Bismarck to Riverdale through gorgeous riverside parks. Peruse the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and the replica of Fort Mandan. Tonight: back to high school.
This morning, shuttle back to the river for a gorgeous ride. Bicycle riverside parks with ever-expanding views of America's heartland. Lunch at the fascinating Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Pedal onward to Ft. Mandan for a guided tour through the fort, a replica of the fort where the Corps of Discovery spent the winter of 1804-1805. Tonight, stay in the very quaint Riverdale High Lodge - a converted high school. We won't send you to the principal’s office!
Ride from Riverdale to New Town to stay in Little Missouri.
Today is a long day, with nearly 100 miles on the option map. Not to worry: the ever-welcoming Bicycle Adventures van is ever-present if you'd like a boost! Cross the river again this morning, then follow its curves all the way to New Town. Stay tonight in the modern Little Missouri Inn and Suites.
Final day's route: New Town to Williston, North Dakota - 69 miles.
We finish this tour cycling past pristine lakes on our way from New Town to Williston on Hwy 1804, named for the year of Lewis and Clark’s journey.
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night. Unlike other tour companies, if you're willing to share a room, there is no extra charge for coming solo, no matter when you sign up for the tour - even if you wind up with a private room by default.