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    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, Carl, 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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    Awesome video!!!! I canít wait for part 2


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    Canít wait for more! Looks like an awesome trip so far. Tons of history.


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    Great video, canít wait to see the rest of the adventure.


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    Nice video! Interested to see the rest of the trip. (You all were 10 minutes from my house in Independence, MO.)

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    That was so fun to watch. Great history lesson.
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    too short! grabbed a beer, kicked back and it was at the end lol

    looks like an awesome trip, looking forward to Part 2!

    hmmm Part 1 was 15:36, Part 2 will be 25:43

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    Quote Originally Posted by longarmwj View Post
    Awesome video!!!! I canít wait for part 2
    So glad to hear that you found part 1 enjoyable to watch.

    Quote Originally Posted by OverlanderJL View Post
    Canít wait for more! Looks like an awesome trip so far. Tons of history.
    It really was an awesome trip and the crazy thing of it is, we just scratched the surface of all the things we could have seen.

    Quote Originally Posted by WiscoHR View Post
    Great video, canít wait to see the rest of the adventure.
    Be sure to check back every Wednesday for the next 3 weeks

    Quote Originally Posted by Hip2u77 View Post
    Nice video! Interested to see the rest of the trip. (You all were 10 minutes from my house in Independence, MO.)
    No kidding. It's awesome out there

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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    That was so fun to watch. Great history lesson.
    We're so happy to hear you enjoyed it

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeeeep View Post
    too short! grabbed a beer, kicked back and it was at the end lol

    looks like an awesome trip, looking forward to Part 2!

    hmmm Part 1 was 15:36, Part 2 will be 25:43
    LOL! Glad to hear you felt it was too short

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    Great video and History lesson. I like how you narrate your films with facts. Looking forward to part 2 ,3 ,4,5 etc lol
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