April 21, 2014 – Heraldnet writer Gale Fiege reports on the astonishing, cross country journey by our founding member of Edmonds Bicycle Advocacy Group, Hank Landau. Hank has traveled thousands of miles by kayak and bicycle from the Columbia River on the west coast to St. Louis, Mo.
Here is an excerpt.
Hank Landau often wishes he’d been born during the age of exploration.
Oh, to have been a member of the Lewis and Clark party headed west to the Pacific Ocean, he said. “A trip of magnificent accomplishment.”
To get a feel for what it was like, Landau, 71, spent the past several years kayaking and bicycling the route of Meriwether Lewis’ return from the mouth of the Columbia River to St. Louis, Mo.
The mostly retired engineer prepared physically. He researched and studied Army Corps of Engineers maps. He calculated his camping needs for the journey, which he took in five phases.
He invited his sons and an old friend to join him at certain points of the trip. His wife, Joyce, helped out from their home in Woodway, sending packages and keeping him informed.
“The idea was selfish at first,” said Landau, who has biked across the country, from west to east and from north to south and kayaked for more than 20 years.
“Then it evolved into a greater purpose. It forced me to rethink the history of Native Americans and to bring to light the immense changes to the rivers of our country.
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