We would really like to say Thank You to all of those who helped us put this route together (There are too many to list). This was was a job which definitely took more than any one persons knowledge and you have our eternal gratitude. All the input was invaluable and you helped make this ride possible!!
Because I will be riding from the Wa/Idaho border on east by myself, a change in the route has been necessary. The changes have been posted to enable anyone in the area to ride along or provide a corral and truck/trailer support along the way.
If you or anyone you know might have a place for 2 horses and a mule to rest for the night (my dog and I can pitch a tent most anywhere :) )
Please contact me at 360-265-3602.
We will begin the riding at Ocean City, WA with our pant legs rolled up and all of our toes in the water at Ocean City Ocean Beach Access. We will ride intermediary trails through the vast majority of western Washington where we will connect to the John Wayne Trail at Iron Horse State Park , just outside of Tanner, WA. We will ride the John Wayne trail through the Cascade Range, over Snoqualmie Pass through Eastern Washington to the Idaho border , the trail ends at Tekoa, WA.
From Tekoa, WA I will ride to Plummer, ID then up through Heyburn State Park to St Maries, then follow the St. Joe river through Calder, Herrick, Marble Creek, Hoyt and Avery to make my way to St. Regis, MT
From St. Regis I will ride south through Frenchtown and Wye to Missoula then begin moving east to Helena. I will continue to Townsend, Harlowtown, Ryegate and Lavina to Roundup, Musselshell and Hysham then more southerly to Colstrip. I will continue to Ashland, through the Tongue River Breaks toward Broadus and skirting the northeast corner of Wyoming to bring me into Belle Fourche, South Dakota.
From Belle Fourche I will continue east to Vale, Volunteer, Haydraw Wasta, and Wall. I will ride right along the border of the Badlands National Park to Belvidere then on to White River, Ward, New Witten, Winner, Colome, Dallas, Gregory, Burke, ST. Charles, Bonesteel and Fairfax. Another Change: I headed east in South Dakota as I was able to cross the Missouri at Fort Randall Dam, will post route soon.
I will ride the upper northeast corner of Nebraska. I will ride from Fairfax into Butte, Spencer, Bristow, Lynch, Monowl, and Verdel. I will through Niobrara State Park into Niobrara then on to Crofton, Constance, Fordyce, Martinsburg to Dakota City.
From Dakota City I will ride to Bronson, Oto, Wall Lake, Lanesboro, Boone, Ames, State Center, skirting Marshalltown to Le Grand. Continueing east to Toledo, Cedar Rapids, Mt Vernon, Grand Mound, De Witt to the border at Clinton.
In Illinois I will ride through Morrison, Rock Falls, Lee Center, Paw Paw, Sandwich, Yorkville, Plainfield along Lake Renwick, through Crystal Lawns to just south of Joliet where I will jump onto the American Discovery trail taking me to Indiana border through Park Forest to St John in Indiana.
From ST John I will continue through Crown Point, Hamlet, Plymouth, Bourbon, Warsaw, Columbia City, Fort Wayne and New Haven to Monroeville.
From Monroeville I will continue through Scott, Ottawa, Findlay, Plymouth, West Salem, Creston, Doyleston, Clinton, North Canton to East Palestine.
From East Palestine I will continue on to Beaver Falls, Sunflower, Cranberry Township, Curtsville, through Deer Lakes Park, Tarentum, Lower Burrell, Milligantown, Delmont, Greenwald, Mcchesneytown-Loyalhanna, Longbridge, Buttermilk Farms and Ligonier. Continuing to Laurel Mountain, Jennerstown, Stoystown, Buckstown and Grand View through Shawnee State Park. Then on to Bedford, Everett, Breezewood, through the Buchanan State Forest, Green Hill, Breeze Point, Mcconnellsburg, Fort Loudon, St. Thomas and Fayetteville through Michaux State Forest. Then on to Cashtown and Gettysburg, Bonneauville, Hanover, Glenville, Bonnair to Fawn Grove.
From Fawn Grove I can smell the ocean :). I will skirt the northeast corner of Maryland to Whiteford, Frank, Woodlawn, North East past the Elk Neck State Forest to Elkton then south to Brantwood, Chesapeake City, St. Augustine and Bohemias Mills.
Down the homestretch!! From Bohenias Mills I will ride through Middleton, Townsend, Smyma, Dover, Kent Acres, Highland Acres, Rising Sun-Lebanon, Magnolia, Milford, Drawbridge, Nassau, Lewes through Cape Henlopen State Park to roll up my pant legs and put my toes in the ocean with my grand steeds!!