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    BUST - Part 3 : The California Emigrant Trail / Crossing the Great Divide

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail JK View Post
    2 much fun! ��. Awesome video!

    Part 4: 26:30
    Congratulations Rachel!

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    Really tempted to fire this up on my drive home from South Lake this evening lol

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    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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    BUST - Part 3 : The California Emigrant Trail / Crossing the Great Divide

    This series just gets better and better. So much History.... and “Trail Bud” to keep everyone laughing.

    Part 4 - 18:31
    Last edited by TrailHunter; 08-01-2019 at 12:36 AM.

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    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!
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    Love the history! Thanks guys!

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    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..

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    2 much fun! 🤣. Awesome video!

    Part 4: 26:30

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    Man I’m lovin’ it!!! The continental divide!!!, the Oregon Trail split!!! The grass lands!!!
    It was such a magnificent trip/ life event!!!
    I’m smiling. .

    And Tony and everyone it was SOOO much fun!

    I still love you Tony.
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    BUST - Part 3 : The California Emigrant Trail / Crossing the Great Divide

    Part 4 -23minutes.

    So amazing how the trail is still visible and some of the markers are still there and haven’t been vandalized.

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