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By Jean Pocha
Pathfinder 

Pedaling to relive historic trails, raise awareness

 

Kathy Schoendoerfer

Erick Cedaño, founder of Bicycle Nomad, poses outside the Blackfoot Angler in downtown Ovando. "Curiosity drives me. It fuels my insatiable desire to know what's beyond the next bend of the road, to discover what's there beyond the edges of the map. If it is my muscles that propel me forward physically, it is curiosity that propels me mentally."

OVANDO - Erick Cedaño, the Bicycle Nomad, pedaled into Ovando Tuesday afternoon, June 14. It was the first leg of his 1,900 mile solo trip cycling to St. Louis, Missouri on the path of the 25th Infantry known as the Buffalo Soldiers from 1897. Cedaño left Fort Missoula at 5:40 a.m. just as the original Corps had. A group of Bicycle Corps re-enactors from Fort Missoula accompanied him to downtown Missoula. Commemorative celebrations in Fort Missoula and Wallace, Idaho were held June 13-19 for the 125th anniversary of the 25th Infantry's Bicycle Corps departure from Missoula.

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