A big thank you to Jeff at the wonderful Interpretive Center in Oregon City at the end of my journey! Although Oregon City was the destination for the pioneers, it really was just the beginning of their adventure out west. The pioneers had conquered the physical and mental challenges that the Oregon Trail presented, but settling in Oregon presented a new set of challenges.
Now at the end of this adventure, I want to thank all of those who have followed me along my journey over the past two summers and all of those who provided support! It would not have been possible without family, friends, sponsors, and the students – thank you!
I finally made it to the Promised Land – Oregon City, Oregon! What a wonderful site to behold. There was a wonderful Interpretive Center that I had a chance to visit which allowed me to fully understand the finality of the journey for the pioneers, but also, the challenges of settling that still lay ahead.
What a welcome sign to see!
We did it! I’m sure the pioneers felt the same excitement that I did centuries ago.
I couldn’t have done this alone. Thank you to Jackson R-2, the Jackson R-2 Foundation, and all of the family, friends, students, and sponsors who came along for the journey and made it possible!
The Falls of Willamette River in Willamette Valley were the main draw for the pioneers and the reason they ended their journey in Oregon City. The Falls were attractive to the Native Americans who lived in the Northwest as a main resource for food and trade; it was the center of settlement for the emigrants as they transitioned out west, and is still a center of industry in Oregon today.
Beautiful but challenging Mt. Hood – the final major obstacle that the pioneers had to face before they reached Willamette Valley and Oregon City.
Flagstaff Hill was the first glimpse that the emigrants had of the Promised Land as their journey began through Oregon. The Pedaling Pioneer had the opportunity to visit the expansive Interpretive Center as well as travel through some preserved ruts.
The Columbia River was a difficult river crossing for the pioneers, but was one of the last major crossings they would have along the Oregon Trail.
Crossing the Columbia River posed its own challenges for the Pedaling Pioneer – the dreaded flat!
It was difficult for the Pedaling Pioneer to climb the Blue Mountains with modern day dangers (semi-trucks, construction, oh my!) and the pioneers had their own struggles. Read some of the first impressions that the pioneers had as they crossed the Blue Mountains in Oregon.
Having a little fun cooking on the Oregon Trail along the Snake River!
The journey to Boise was tough with some flats along the way, but not as difficult as the journey to Boise was for the Ward Party. And…I finally get to cross the state line I’ve been waiting to see for over 1,000 miles. Oregon!
A big shout-out to T. Wayne Lewis Dentistry and Jackson R-2 Foundation for their support of this project!