I've also reached out to a friend at Quest Outdoors about the idea of a sponsorship in exchange for some sort of discount. My friend and old roommate Matt Langley, who lives in Portland, also has recently considered buying a canoe, which would be a really amusing moment of synchronicity. It's the possible luck that Lewis and Clark experienced numerous times on their expedition. He did indicate that we could surely find a buyer in the few days we'll be in Portland either via Craigslist or by taking it to a sporting goods store.
In conversation with Matt, we've also established a firm endpoint which will help us continue in our planning. We will arrive in Portland on June 30th, GK will fly out on the 2nd of July and I will leave on the 4th of July. This also means our first official purchase can be made soon: airline tickets!
Finally, I need to look into what Native American reservations might be open to visitors. If you are a student at school, please consider filling out the form that suggest ideas for adventures and possible questions to ask people out West on our journey. Certainly keep in mind offering questions we could ask Natives too.
Hopefully soon, GK and I will bike to the Falls of the Ohio to take some goofy pictures. Lewis and Clark actually first met up for the expedition in the Louisville area. Clark had been here assembling a team while Lewis was sailing down the Ohio to meet here. The Falls are great fun to wander and it's always exciting to ride a bike across the bridge as cars fly by you going way too fast. Sadly, Korchnak had a flat and my old roommate Syd (who needed to take pictures of the Falls for a story he's writing in local paper Al Día) also ended up with a flat. Next time hopefully we'll get a good ride in and have some silly pics for the blog.