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    Awesome series! Sucks about the accident.

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    Great video series! I hope to be able to see some of the trail someday as the scenery looks amazing. Unexpected ending. I hope your friend is okay.

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    Wow, what an ending! I can’t the hardships that were faced day to day back then. The stats about a gun costing $20 and only making $3 a week. Then the price of the trip, it is truly amazing anybody made the trip. I was sorry to see the accident, hope all was well. Thank you for sharing this series with us.


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    Great series! So much history. I hope everyone was ok in the 2 door, that is scary stuff and I'm so glad it had a sport cage in it. It happens so fast.

    Thanks as always for taking us along on your adventures!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    That was awesome. Great job putting that together. I loved the gun shop owner explaining the stats and wages. Really puts things in perspective. Hard to believe that the last wagon went through not that long ago. Look where we're at in merely 100 years (better or worse?) . So what happened to the Jeep at the end? Rollover? Was driver OK?
    If you ever get a chance to visit Montpelier, I would HIGHLY recommend you visit the National Oregon/California Trails Center. We only put in a very small clip of what all you will learn there. They do a great job of teaching you so much about these emigrant.

    Long story short, an axle bearing seized up and literally melted the shaft. This caused the flange and the wheel attached to it to come off. A 2-door running 38's, a bigass auxiliary tank in the rear, a ton of gear and without brakes isn't exactly easy to control at highway speeds. Needless to say, he rolled 4 times and was lucky to be alive.

    Quote Originally Posted by weslee3 View Post
    Loved watching the series! It's especially really cool how you planned it out. The whole family sat down to watch these videos and learn a thing or two!

    You did leave us hanging on the jeep incident near the end of the video!
    So glad to hear your whole family could appreciate watching this video series

    Quote Originally Posted by benatc1 View Post
    Another great addition, definitely some cool stops along the way. I remember you telling me about this roll over and how the rock hard cage probably saved him. Crazy to actually see it. Did you guys decide to call it a trip after the accident? Overall, great series. Thank you for sharing, really gives me the itch to get back out with you guys!
    The trip came to an abrupt end after the rollover. Cindy and I spent the next couple of days with Ken. He was ultimately transferred to Renown in Reno before going home. Would love to hit the trails with you and Alex again.

    Quote Originally Posted by RESURECTIONJK View Post
    What an excellent but troubling end to an amazing series. Looking forward to exploring this trail or, at least sections of it at some point. Thanks for a month long adventure. Trip of a lifetime.
    A lot of it is in your neck of the woods. Glad you enjoyed this final episode.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeeeep View Post
    that was awesome!

    the history clips were great... to think all that was crossed in wagons or walking... wow

    people were tough but also sheds light on why they didn't live very long.

    who got in the accident? was it someone in the group?
    Pretty much everyone made the 2000 mile trek on foot. They were tough for sure. But, if you can believe it, these emigrants actually had the same mortality rate as people who never made the trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by USMC Wrangler View Post
    I’ll echo everyone else and I’m guessing you’ll let us know, the roll over. Hate to see it ever, but at the end of this epic trip?

    I absolutely loved the series. I plan to sit down on a day off, with an adult beverage or 6 and watch them all back to back again. Thanks to all of you who went and for sharing this with us!
    So glad you enjoyed it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edwrds View Post
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    Ok just finished watching the video it was awesome. Hope all is well with the individual that rolled his Jeep. Eddie I noticed you weren’t running your coopers? Or did I miss something.
    This was a trip we did a while back and one we weren't sure we would ever make a video out of.

    Quote Originally Posted by jorgelrod View Post
    Great series, hope your friend is alright.
    He was lucky to be alive and recovered nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAGS View Post
    Man, knowing how this was going to end made it a little hard to watch. For being the final episode, still a bit of a cliffhanger. Ken ended up being ok, and I’m glad I got to talk with him and wheel with him later on.
    Quote Originally Posted by cozdude View Post
    I agree, with knowing the ending the series was hard to watch. It was nice to see and hear he was ok.

    Great overall series Cindy and Eddie! Really made me feel like I was on the trip learning with you guys!
    Thank you for keeping quite about what had happened. Glad you enjoyed seeing the series.

    Quote Originally Posted by TrailHunter View Post
    Whoa... that ending was intense. Hope everything is Ok with your friend. Thank you for taking us along on your epic Journey. I really hope to do something similar one day. So much History and what better way to experience it, than with good friends, and their Jeeps.
    Not exactly the ending we would have preferred. Hope you can join us on trips like this in the future.

    Quote Originally Posted by robx251 View Post
    I loved the series, makes me miss my family trips across country when I was growing up. It reinvigorates my drive to do a vacation overlanding with my wife.
    Awesome.

    Quote Originally Posted by Discount Tire View Post
    What a fantastic adventure with some very special friends. It is bitter sweet watching the last episode of your journey as this is the end. I so much enjoyed all the history along with the awesome editing of such a long trip. I especially enjoyed Dave at the Museum spewing out all the history along with the cost involved just to take the chance on making it to California. I cannot imagine the hardships 500,000 people went through. Just think about trying to sleep knowing you may be attacked in the night. Those were some of the toughest people ever.

    How cool to see the guy wearing a Discount Tire shirt at 17:00 min. I have that shirt as well.

    Thank you for taking us along for the ride and teaching us some amazing American history. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

    Sure hope the Jeep guy make it out ok. Good thing you guys were there to help.
    Thank you. It really was an epic trip and one that help to you a taste of what emigrants would have experienced. We're so glad that we could share our adventures with you and that you enjoyed seeing it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blacksheepoffroad View Post
    Both you and Cindy have out done yourselves on the production of this epic adventure . The only thing Trish and I didn't like was we weren't along for the ride. Will you be filling us in on what happened on the rollover? We do hope all is well. Safe travels-Steve
    Thank you. We're glad that you and Trish could enjoy a trip like this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Labricon View Post
    Once again; Thanks for taking us along on another amazing journey!
    Happy to know you enjoyed seeing it

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybird 11 View Post
    Great videos as always. There are some stops i want to make along the way for sure. Thanks for taking us along with you. You guys always make me feel like on the trip with you.
    Awesome, that would be the only thing we could ever hope to do

    Quote Originally Posted by OverlanderJK View Post
    I think this was the best part of the series. I enjoy the West history and landscape a lot more than the east. Great end to a series, minus the accident with Ken.

    I could use a new lid on my fridge if you know anyone with one. Lol
    LOL - too funny.

    What's nice about the west is that so much of it still looks exactly the same as it did over 170 years ago and more.

    Quote Originally Posted by sipafz View Post
    Great series! Thanks for all your time and effort to document the trip. I hope the fella at the end is ok!
    Glad you enjoyed the series

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boat Guy View Post
    Exceptional!!! Thank you for the research and bringing it to life. Everyone has asked, how is Ken?
    We're so glad that you could enjoy it

    Quote Originally Posted by TOPLESS View Post
    Awesome series! Sucks about the accident.
    Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by chrisswank View Post
    Great video series! I hope to be able to see some of the trail someday as the scenery looks amazing. Unexpected ending. I hope your friend is okay.

    Chris
    Thank you. Glad to know you enjoyed watching our journey

    Quote Originally Posted by pop2tu View Post
    Wow, what an ending! I can’t the hardships that were faced day to day back then. The stats about a gun costing $20 and only making $3 a week. Then the price of the trip, it is truly amazing anybody made the trip. I was sorry to see the accident, hope all was well. Thank you for sharing this series with us.
    It really is humbling to know what these pioneers had to do and endure.

    Quote Originally Posted by wjtstudios View Post
    Great series! So much history. I hope everyone was ok in the 2 door, that is scary stuff and I'm so glad it had a sport cage in it. It happens so fast.

    Thanks as always for taking us along on your adventures!
    It really did happen so fast and Ken was lucky to be alive. Glad you enjoyed following us on our adventures.

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    I've only had time to watch the first episode. Can't wait to see the other 3. Was this a revised version from the previous video you guys released a couple years ago?

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    Another great installment. The Oregon/California Trail Center looks like a great place to visit. 500,000 pioneers, 80,000 fatalities. Kind of a queezy ironic parallel to your trip and the fellow who’s Jeep didn’t make it. So glad to hear he’s ok.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    If you ever get a chance to visit Montpelier, I would HIGHLY recommend you visit the National Oregon/California Trails Center. We only put in a very small clip of what all you will learn there. They do a great job of teaching you so much about these emigrant.

    Long story short, an axle bearing seized up and literally melted the shaft. This caused the flange and the wheel attached to it to come off. A 2-door running 38's, a bigass auxiliary tank in the rear, a ton of gear and without brakes isn't exactly easy to control at highway speeds. Needless to say, he rolled 4 times and was lucky to be alive.



    So glad to hear your whole family could appreciate watching this video series



    The trip came to an abrupt end after the rollover. Cindy and I spent the next couple of days with Ken. He was ultimately transferred to Renown in Reno before going home. Would love to hit the trails with you and Alex again.



    A lot of it is in your neck of the woods. Glad you enjoyed this final episode.



    Pretty much everyone made the 2000 mile trek on foot. They were tough for sure. But, if you can believe it, these emigrants actually had the same mortality rate as people who never made the trip.



    So glad you enjoyed it.



    This was a trip we did a while back and one we weren't sure we would ever make a video out of.



    He was lucky to be alive and recovered nicely.
    That's what I figured, glad he made a fully recovery and, as you clearly know, that is much more important than "finishing the run". Looking fwd to getting back out there!

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