KC man leads cycling mapping expedition on American Revolution Trail | Sports & Recreation
On July 1, 2011, one adventurous Kansas City man, Bill Poindexter, will retrace the footsteps of American and French Revolutionary Soldiers by being the first person to map a cycling route and thru-bike the National Historic Trail; The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route(W3R) on its 230th anniversary.
History of the W3R: In 1781, allied French General Rochambeau marched his Army from Newport, Rhode Island, through Connecticut, and into New York. In NY he met up with George Washington and the Continental Army. Then, together, they marched across NY, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, (now District of Columbia area), and into Yorktown, Virginia. This is where the American and French forces defeated the British Army and General Lord Cornwallis in the famous Battle of Yorktown. This battle is one of the most important in the American Revolution is considered the turning point of the War. In 2009 the W3R was designated a National Historic Trail (NHT) by Congress.
Poindexter is leading a historical cycling expedition with a carefully selected team which will be self-supported; they carry everything they need on their bicycles.
Primary Expedition Mission: To map out and promote the safest Thru-Bike Route on the entire W3R-NHT for current and future users of the trail, to promote the historical significance of the W3R, i.e. recognize the sacrifices made by the Revolutionary Soldiers and civilians for our freedom and liberty, and promote cycling as a alternative way to travel for transportation.
To help accomplish this Poindexter is working in partnership with Joe DiBello of the National Park Service. DiBello is the superintendent of the W3R. Also Bill is seeking the partnership of the Adventure Cycling Association for expert advice when needed.
The expedition will begin in Newport, Rhode Island on July 1st. The W3R spans over 680 miles through 9 states; RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, and VA. The expedition can be followed daily on the Blog and Facebook page.