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    VIDEO - BUST / Part 1 : The California Emigrant Trail / This is Where it All Begins

    BUST starts where it all began over 170 years ago, Independence, Missouri. At the time, this river port town stood at the edge of civilization and it was the point where emigrants would have left riverboats traveling along the Missouri River to begin a 2,000 mile overland trek to the west. In this episode, you'll get to see us follow in their footsteps as we make our way across the plains of Kansas, in our modern day prairie schooners, also known as a Jeep Wrangler and visit historical stops all along the way. This would include the river bank at Upper Independence Landing, the National Frontier Trails Museum, Hart Grove, the Blue River Crossing, New Santa Fe, the Cholera Cemetery and Alcove Spring just to name a few. 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 and this video series chronicles our journey.

    To our good friends Tony, Stephanie, Tina, Carl, Toni, Et, Joe, Don, Lori, Ray, Kevin, Tom, Susan, Ken and Doug for joining us on this epic adventure! We love you guys


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    Hell ya! Can’t watch now but will tonight after baseball!!!

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    AARGHH!! All I get is a black screen. Somethings wrong with my settings and I don't know how to fix it. Oh well, I guess I can watch it with my wife on her computer.

    OK! Just finished watching with the missus on her computer. What a great start. Loved the music. This is going to be fun to watch. Can't wait for the next 3 episodes. Betting they are just as entertaining and informative as the first.

    Eddie and Cindy, you guys rock!
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    BUST / Part 1 : The California Emigrant Trail / This is Where it All Begins

    A lot of great History. This is looking like a fun Journey. Trip Requirements: #1 - Cowboy Hats

    Part 2 - 18:48
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    Looking forward to more! Looks like a fun trip with tons of history.


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    Love the history part so far of the trail. I’ll guess 22:18 for episode 2


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    I think episode 2 will be 21:12.

    Episode 1 was awesome!!! I got a chuckle with the “original dynatrac” comment in the video. Back then they were called dyna-trunks


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    It’s astounding what people went thru to find a better life back then, such an adventure! Awesome first part, you guys are amazing


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    Loving it so far and to see Moby again was definitely a treat! Can’t wait for part 2.

    16:15 but I wish it will be like 2 hrs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TOPLESS View Post
    Hell ya! Can’t watch now but will tonight after baseball!!!
    Sure hope you enjoy it

    Quote Originally Posted by Strainger View Post
    AARGHH!! All I get is a black screen. Somethings wrong with my settings and I don't know how to fix it. Oh well, I guess I can watch it with my wife on her computer.

    OK! Just finished watching with the missus on her computer. What a great start. Loved the music. This is going to be fun to watch. Can't wait for the next 3 episodes. Betting they are just as entertaining and informative as the first.

    Eddie and Cindy, you guys rock!
    Glad that you and Susan were able to watch this video and that you enjoyed it. We really had a great time with the two of you and are so glad that you were able to join us for this adventure.

    Quote Originally Posted by TrailHunter View Post
    A lot of great History. This is looking like a fun Journey. Trip Requirements: #1 - Cowboy Hats

    Part 2 - 18:48
    LOL - cowboy hats are always a must

    Quote Originally Posted by OverlanderJK View Post
    Looking forward to more! Looks like a fun trip with tons of history.
    It really was a great trip and one that you should have been on with us.

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