Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Basic Route

If you check out this blog from time to time, you've likely learned by now that a little later this summer (beginning July 20), my 10-year-old son Asher and I will be making a 3 1/2-week, cross-country trip to explore western trout waters and will be blogging our journey for Rebel Lure Company. The above mapquest route planner provides a look at where we'll be traveling.

The route depicted is far from exact. I typed in several places where we will stay in sequence, but it doesn't include things like the three-day loop around the Olympic Peninsula in Washington or various fishing side trips. For similar reasons, it may not be that actual route I'll end up choosing in some cases. That said, it does depict the basic flow of travel fairly well.

The western loop portion begins and ends at Cabela's worldwide headquarters in Sidney, Nebraska (Point P), where we'll pick up some gear we will be using on our trip. Fishing, excepting Asher's stop at Dry Run Creek in Arkansas, begins in Deadwood, South Dakota (Point D) and ends in Laramie, Wyoming (Point O). By my best estimate, with side trips included, we'll travel between 7,500 and 8,000 miles.

Best places to follow the Rebel Trout Trek will be at and on the Rebel Lures Facebook Page, but I'll also be posting thing's here, on the Jeff Samsel Fishing Facebook page, on my Twitter and Instagram feeds and on the North American Fisherman website. Asher will also be blogging our travels, so if you want to keep up with things from a 10-year-old's perspective, bookmark Asher's Blog.

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