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wayoflife
07-31-2019, 11:55 PM
With the Great Platte River Road behind us, we made our way up into the Rockies and to the point where the east and west are truly divided. I am of course talking about the Continental Divide or what many emigrants referred to as, the Great Divide. It would be on this length of trail that the once flat and featureless landscape would give way to a much rougher but more scenic one. In this 3rd Episode of BUST, you'll get to see us visit to the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper, Wyoming, make a stop over at Red Buttes Crossing and Ryan Hill before climbing our way to the top of Independence Rock and to read the countless names that have been carved into it. You'll also get to see geological wonders such as Devil's Gate, Split Rock and the Ice Slough and all before taking a replica of a Mormon hand cart for a pull over at Martin's Cove. Finally, you'll get to see us crossing the Great Divide at South Pass and then end our day at the Parting of Ways. We hope you enjoy.


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It's hard to imagine but, up until the 1830's, there were only a handful of people in America who had successfully traveled to California and across what was then only known as, the Great American Desert. Most of these people were trappers, traders and missionaries and it wouldn't be until the 1840's that a more defined route was established by early settlers and given the name, The California Trail. Thanks to the discovery of Gold in 1848, there would ultimately be tens of thousands of people who would make the arduous four month journey, one that started along the banks of the Missouri River and ultimately ended in the goldfields of California. Along the way, they would cover over 2,000 miles, cross deep rivers, tall mountains and an unforgiving desert and all at a time when there were no roads, no stores, no hospitals, no laws and no second chances.

For years, Cindy and I had been wondering if it was possible to retrace the California Trail from beginning to end, as closely as possible to the original route and as much as possible, all on dirt. Along the way, we would make stops at historical sites, see deep ruts carved into the hillsides from the thousands of wagons that passed through before us and follow geological landmarks that early pioneers used to guide their way. After two years of extensive research, careful planning and plotting a viable route, we finally set off to make that trek, in our Jeep Wrangler and this video series chronicles our journey.


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2 much fun! ��. Awesome video!

Part 4: 26:30

Congratulations Rachel! :thumb:

benatc1
08-01-2019, 12:00 AM
Really tempted to fire this up on my drive home from South Lake this evening lol

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rubiDave
08-01-2019, 12:29 AM
Another excellent episode! Very cool you got to drive some of the trail off pavement. Can't wait for the final installment, I'm going to watch them all again back to back when its released.

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TrailHunter
08-01-2019, 12:32 AM
This series just gets better and better. So much History.... and ďTrail BudĒ to keep everyone laughing.

Part 4 - 18:31

USMC Wrangler
08-01-2019, 12:34 AM
Very fun to watch and each episode makes me want to make this trek someday. The ice slough was particularly interesting to me.

Part 4 guess, 20:01

Thanks again for another great video! [emoji1303]

TOPLESS
08-01-2019, 12:37 AM
Love the history! Thanks guys!

Clearskies
08-01-2019, 12:52 AM
Just as I was thinking it wouldn't be a Wayalife video without a night time breakdown you said it. Perfect.
Glad it was minor.
I've always been fascinated with the travel west of the wagon trains. Glad you did it, the only thing that would make it better is me doing it..

:thumb:

Trail JK
08-01-2019, 01:57 AM
2 much fun! 🤣. Awesome video!

Part 4: 26:30


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Trail Bud
08-01-2019, 02:04 AM
Man Iím loviní it!!! The continental divide!!!, the Oregon Trail split!!! The grass lands!!!
It was such a magnificent trip/ life event!!!
Iím smiling. :).

And Tony and everyone it was SOOO much fun!

I still love you Tony. ;)

Edwrds
08-01-2019, 02:18 AM
Part 4 -23minutes.

So amazing how the trail is still visible and some of the markers are still there and havenít been vandalized.


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Strainger's Heart
08-01-2019, 03:02 AM
More and more memories. Love it!! Looking forward to Part 4.:clap2:

WJCO
08-01-2019, 04:16 AM
Very cool. Hard to believe that what they went through was just a little over one century ago.

OverlanderJK
08-01-2019, 04:33 AM
This is so cool. The fact you can still see the swells from the wagons is amazing.


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cozdude
08-01-2019, 10:54 AM
Awesome video! Leave it to Doug to have something go wrong to make a night wheeling trip take even longer lol

Brute
08-01-2019, 11:59 AM
I love history. George Santayana said it best...ĒThose that do not study history are doomed to repeat itĒ. I love history.

wayoflife
08-01-2019, 01:58 PM
Really tempted to fire this up on my drive home from South Lake this evening lol

LOL - hope you were able to watch our video safely and that you enjoyed it :)


Another excellent episode! Very cool you got to drive some of the trail off pavement. Can't wait for the final installment, I'm going to watch them all again back to back when its released.

Awesome! Glad to hear they're interesting enough to watch again :)


This series just gets better and better. So much History.... and ďTrail BudĒ to keep everyone laughing.

Part 4 - 18:31

LOL - good times with Trail Bud for sure :)


Very fun to watch and each episode makes me want to make this trek someday. The ice slough was particularly interesting to me.

Part 4 guess, 20:01

Thanks again for another great video! [emoji1303]

It's a trip that every American should want to make if only so that they can get a glimpse of what it took for this country to become what it is today.


Love the history! Thanks guys!

So glad to hear it :)


Just as I was thinking it wouldn't be a Wayalife video without a night time breakdown you said it. Perfect.
Glad it was minor.
I've always been fascinated with the travel west of the wagon trains. Glad you did it, the only thing that would make it better is me doing it..

:thumb:

LOL - you had to know it was coming :)


2 much fun! 🤣. Awesome video!

Part 4: 26:30

Having been on trips with us, you know we can't make this shit up. Good times always :)


Man Iím loviní it!!! The continental divide!!!, the Oregon Trail split!!! The grass lands!!!
It was such a magnificent trip/ life event!!!
Iím smiling. :).

And Tony and everyone it was SOOO much fun!

I still love you Tony. ;)

I'm sure he loves you TWO ;)

wayoflife
08-01-2019, 02:04 PM
Part 4 -23minutes.

So amazing how the trail is still visible and some of the markers are still there and havenít been vandalized.

The trail is officially a part of the Nation Parks Service and great effort is made by many non-profit groups to help preserve it. It really is nice.


More and more memories. Love it!! Looking forward to Part 4.:clap2:

Good times for sure :)


Very cool. Hard to believe that what they went through was just a little over one century ago.

Hard to believe how much hasn't changed since then or at least, in terms of what the landscape looks like today.


This is so cool. The fact you can still see the swells from the wagons is amazing.

I think the wagon swales you can still see today is what Cindy and I love the most.


Awesome video! Leave it to Doug to have something go wrong to make a night wheeling trip take even longer lol

LOL - I think it was because of it and the fact that we didn't pull into town until 3am that made this day the most memorable. :yup:


I love history. George Santayana said it best...ĒThose that do not study history are doomed to repeat itĒ. I love history.

And that's what troubles me the most. Not only do so many people not know their history, so many are so eager to erase any and all traces of it and all because they are offended by it.

pop2tu
08-01-2019, 05:23 PM
What an awesome video yet again. In one part of the video you where looking at the swells from the wagons, it looked like the vegetation still hadnít fully grown back after all these years. Thank you for sharing next video Iím guessing to be 19:21


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Tanktitan
08-02-2019, 01:55 AM
Thanks for bringing history to life. Great series.


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Jaybird 11
08-02-2019, 02:06 AM
Its so fun to make a trip with people that are fun to be around. Great group you always have with you! 22:11 is my next guess.

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agr1144
08-02-2019, 03:29 AM
Great trip. I hope to do it some day. How long did the whole trip take? I assume itís marked but in places it looked like you were just driving across pastures with no road or even a 2-track. 19:18 for Ep 4.


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Bear_JKU
08-02-2019, 07:21 AM
As always, very cool video and adventure. Itís really neat to see the different trail markers and names carved in the rocks. That first cow looked like it didnít wanna mooove. Lol.


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Labricon
08-02-2019, 12:34 PM
Entertaining and informative as usual!

Guessing 20:20 for episode 4


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rmccown
08-02-2019, 02:51 PM
Another great video. My wife wanted to know if there is a GPS track available for your trip!

23:40 for Part 4

benatc1
08-02-2019, 04:40 PM
Finally able to watch this, another cool video can tell you guys are definitely reaching the west as it's becoming much more remote. Thanks for sharing!

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duktrx
08-02-2019, 04:45 PM
Great series; it would only be fitting to close out the trip with historical reference. Part 4 guess 18:49.

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wayoflife
08-02-2019, 05:18 PM
What an awesome video yet again. In one part of the video you where looking at the swells from the wagons, it looked like the vegetation still hadnít fully grown back after all these years. Thank you for sharing next video Iím guessing to be 19:21

It really is kind of amazing. Granted, there were literally thousands of wagons that traveled along those trails and for about 50 years!


Thanks for bringing history to life. Great series.

So happy to hear you've been enjoying the videos :)


Its so fun to make a trip with people that are fun to be around. Great group you always have with you! 22:11 is my next guess.

It's the friends you do a trip like this with that truly make it epic! :yup:


Great trip. I hope to do it some day. How long did the whole trip take? I assume itís marked but in places it looked like you were just driving across pastures with no road or even a 2-track. 19:18 for Ep 4.

Took 2 days to get to the starting point and we planned on 7 days to get to California.


As always, very cool video and adventure. Itís really neat to see the different trail markers and names carved in the rocks. That first cow looked like it didnít wanna mooove. Lol.

LOL - too funny :D

wayoflife
08-02-2019, 05:27 PM
Entertaining and informative as usual!

Guessing 20:20 for episode 4

Awesome, glad to hear it :)


Another great video. My wife wanted to know if there is a GPS track available for your trip!

23:40 for Part 4

Sorry, this is not something we do. I will say that the National Parks Service does offer information that will help you out.


Finally able to watch this, another cool video can tell you guys are definitely reaching the west as it's becoming much more remote. Thanks for sharing!

Wyoming and Nevada are without question, the states with the most remote stretches and really, it's kind of amazing there's that much being that so much of the path has become the Transcontinental Railroad and I-80 and most of that has been settled over the last 170+ years.


Great series; it would only be fitting to close out the trip with historical reference. Part 4 guess 18:49.

Glad you're enjoying it :)

Undertheradar
08-03-2019, 01:40 AM
Great overland trip, history, friends, adventure, not a bad way to spend a week and a half!
Episode 4 guess 21:23

RESURECTIONJK
08-03-2019, 02:01 AM
Just as I was thinking it wouldn't be a Wayalife video without a night time breakdown you said it. Perfect.
Glad it was minor.
I've always been fascinated with the travel west of the wagon trains. Glad you did it, the only thing that would make it better is me doing it..

:thumb:

Don... letís get this in motion.

RESURECTIONJK
08-03-2019, 02:05 AM
Took me a couple days to catch up. And I picked the perfect time. Just quit a very stressful job and really have no idea whatís coming next. But watching this series has really helped that decision and put it into perspective. Sometimes you just have to head west and start fresh. Loviní it guys.

Next episode.... 24:20

firejeeper
08-06-2019, 03:33 PM
Finally got to see it. It was great. Loved the history and the trip. You did an awesome job. Thanks. Iím going to stick with my 24:30 for the next one.


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RanchoRubi
08-07-2019, 01:20 PM
Boy that day and night was memorable. Thanks Doug for making it Epic[emoji15][emoji23]


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wjtstudios
08-07-2019, 01:56 PM
Just getting caught back up on this. I love the fact that so much of the trail is still intact. What a life experience seeing all of that. As always, amazing video!


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Trail Bud
08-07-2019, 06:16 PM
Boy that day and night was memorable. Thanks Doug for making it Epic[emoji15][emoji23]


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Your welcome!! ;)

Miss you guys!

wayoflife
08-07-2019, 08:32 PM
And, the person who came the closest to guessing how long Episode 4 would be is...


2 much fun! 🤣. Awesome video!

Part 4: 26:30

Congratulations Rachel! :thumb:

Sharkey
08-07-2019, 08:35 PM
Congrats Rachel!!!

USMC Wrangler
08-07-2019, 11:42 PM
Nice! Congrats! I was waaaay off. [emoji23]

dillard09
08-08-2019, 12:52 AM
Ice blocks at 3 ft!! That's pretty cool. Great video! Thanks again Trail Bud for some laughs! 👍🏿

fiend
08-08-2019, 03:38 AM
Finally got a chance to view this. Nice job as always!


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Trail JK
08-11-2019, 02:14 AM
And, the person who came the closest to guessing how long Episode 4 would be is...



Congratulations Rachel! :thumb:


Congrats Rachel!!!

Whaaaaat!?! Thatís so cool! Thank you!

Cheers [emoji482]

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Samuelh3
08-13-2019, 12:28 AM
Don... letís get this in motion.

Count me in!!


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wayoflife
08-13-2019, 02:11 PM
Whaaaaat!?! Thatís so cool! Thank you!

Cheers [emoji482]

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WooHoo!! Awesome that you got them and are already using them :thumb: