We will be addressing the concept of frontier as we leave from Indian Boundary Line in Chicago or Rogers Avenue in June 2015. (Indian Boundary is the historic dividing line of the US in 1816 dividing Native and non Native settlements.) From this location, we proceed to northwest Illinois and the Mississippi River area and sites of the Blackhawk Wars where Abraham Lincoln served as a soldier. From here, we continue northwest into Minnesota and the region of the Dakota Wars where Lincoln as President was forced to contend with Little Crow’s campaign during the American Civil War. From Mankato we will ride to From Ft. Thompson in South Dakota on the Missouri River, recognizing the location and history of the original Dakota story. From here, the path of Lewis and Clark will be traversed with a new profound understanding and sensitivity while traveling to the Pacific Ocean.
Travel by bicycle is flexible, low impact, intimate with the landscape, and a metaphor for finding technologically appropriate and simple solutions for the modern world.
These are the lines of a great divide that need to be re-envisioned for the 21st century.