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Old 01-14-2016, 02:21 AM   #1
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Just finished a new bestseller entitled "Oregon Trail" and am interested in taking an AS trip following that route, which covers much of the Lewis & Clark trail. Has anyone done it recently? Would appreciate any information and suggestions. Am assuming a late Spring or early Summer would be the best time to start.
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Old 01-14-2016, 06:10 AM   #2
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We did much of it last summer towing our 30' FC. Just follow the maps on the internet which is what we did. Fort Laramie has in our opinion the best example of wagon wheel ruts still visible. Small pull in area then short walk up a hill and there they are, deep ruts cut into the stone and in one case still in the dirt and grass. Amazing to us. Then we headed south and back across Northern NV along RT 50 (The loneliest road in the United States) which was terrific and the nick name fits. But, it follows the Pony Express Route which to me is simply beyond comprehension. There is a nice rest area where we stopped for lunch and others along the way all fenced off to keep vandals out but are old "stops" for the riders. Pony Express only lasted 18 months and was comprised of "18-19 year old orphans of slight stature", as advertised. If you run this route as we did we talked and continually said, kids road this night and day alone.

We stayed primarily in KOAs along the way as we like to walk our dogs and then let them off leash and most KOAs provide a fenced in area for them to run in.

PM me if you want more info and I will be happy to provide.

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Would you please post the full name/author of the book? Thanks
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Sounds like a great book and theme for a trip next summer/fall.

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck | 9781451659160 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/24/bo...trip.html?_r=0
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We criss crossed parts of the Trail on our way back to Florida from Alaska in 2014 and chanced upon Guernsey, WY where there is a pleasant state park to camp and nearby the "Register Cliff and wagon ruts.
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