doc Ï The Oregon Trail ↠ A New American Journey ½ reflectionslisburnltd

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doc Ï The Oregon Trail ↠ A New American Journey ½ reflectionslisburnltd Ý Traveling from St Joseph Missouri to Baker City Oregon over the course of four months Buck is accompanied by three cantankerous mules his boisterous brother Nick and a Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl Along thE ghost of their father an eccentric yet loveable dreamer whose memory inspired their journey across the plains and whose premature death many years earlier has haunted them both ever since The Oregon Trail is a majestic uniuely American journey of a lifetime I had thought this book would be as enjoyable as A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail with both authors challenging themselves to complete two very different historical trails along with their similarly crazy and risk taking cohorts  I am a walker  so I could somewhat empathize with Bill Bryson and he's at least  entertaining  ButI can't begin to imagine Rinker wanting to spend 30000 to get together a three mule team and a covered wagon to make all the progress of an ant inching along on the old Oregon Trail  suffering through cold winds torrential rains blinding sandstorms  and flashbacks to his dead father  And that was just in Nebraska  It was his father who put this bug in Rinker's ear to want to  do this; they made a covered wagon trip as a family when Rinker and his brother Nick  were children  Happy times but now Rinker suffers  from some father issues which I felt was too much information just not interested Anyway I  have driven through Nebraska several times and find it the most boring state imaginable so reading about them taking weeks to get through it wasn't  exactly pleasurable  No offense to you Nebraska folks there are parts of my own state I'd say the same  about  But after chapters on the history of mule breeding  and wagon wheel building the Nebraska chapters finally get you through to the book's midpoint  FinallyAnd then it gets kind of good  Their lives including the mules and the dog are in danger than once and a genuine camaraderie is formed  This is why I  hate to not finish  books; sometimes the best is yet  to comeThe best parts were  the good people they met along the way strangers who opened  their homes and shared meals and with them   Also the history and suffering of past travelers  The making of wagon wheels I could do without  And the author is a Wallace Stegner fan so he must be a good guy  Mixed feelings on this one a very slow start but very educational and I'm  glad  I finished it Probably  learned some things I never expected to

Rinker Buck ☆ A New American Journey eBook

Traveling from St Joseph Missouri to Baker City Oregon over the course of four months Buck is accompanied by three cantankerous mules his boisterous brother Nick and a Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl Along the way they dodge thunderstorms in Nebraska cha Didn't die of dysentry but nearly died of boredom As someone who yes played that 'Oregon Trail' game I was so looking forward to this book Man decides he wants to travel along the Oregon Trail In an actual wagon pulled by mules Sure why not Sadly this book really really REALLY needed a better editor It's a story of the journey the history of the Oregon Trail a memoir of working with his brother who came on the trip various reminisces of his father who used to do somewhat similar things It's too much Unfortunately the author doesn't stick with just one thing We spend several pages on the types of mules We are treated to digressions about wagons and the uality of materials people had We get snippets of what he remembers about his relationship with his father uite frankly I really didn't need all of that Or at least not in this uantity It might have been better if the book had been divided up into chapters by theme the animals the wagon the trail itself etc There are some really great passages such as when he discusses how in the early years travelers could easily survive by picking or using the discarded materials from the wagons who were further along the trail Game was plentiful and it became a sort of system where some could very likely pick up what they needed on the trail Or be suckered by a savvy merchant who picked up the discarded items and upsold them to travelers THAT is what I wanted to read about I really wasn't interested in his digressions about his family Some of it was interesting but I wanted to drop the book when he talks about watching his father give a speech and Howard Zinn is in the audience Other reviews disliked the discussion of politics and the profanity neither of which I strictly minded but when it derails from the main point of the book it's frustrating I'm sorry but this wasn't the book to work out your issues over your dad There are some good historical discussions and information in here but unfortunately like the 49ers of old you'll have to really sift through the other stuff in order to get to it I had really been looking forward to this story about THE OREGON TRAIL but sadly this book is not it Library for sure

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The Oregon Trail A New American JourneySe runaway mules across the Wyoming plains cross the Rockies and make desperate fifty mile forced marches for water The Buck brothers repair so many broken wheels and axels that they nearly reinvent the art of wagon travel itself They also must reckon with th This entertaining often enthralling mix of history humor travelogue family memoir and no holds barred social commentary reminds me of my favorite Bill Bryson books especially A Walk in the Woods about Bryson’s misadventures hiking the Appalachian Trail When Rinker Buck discovered that large stretches of the Oregon Trail still exist he had romantic visions of a back to basics journey across the western half of the continent and began obsessively and meticulously preparing for a mule drawn covered wagon trip along the old pioneer route Since he was divorced and his daughters were grown why not Rinker planned to go solo but even replica wagons have breakdowns so fortunately for both him and his readers Rinker’s handy force of nature brother insisted on coming along too a brusue big hearted syntax challenged mechanically gifted giant of a man who has some resemblance to Harry Potter’s HagridRinker blends the fascinating if fraught history of the mass migration westward into the story of his own journey Pioneer journals were his guides and the sections devoted to their lively accounts of trail travel were some of my favorite parts of the book Rinker also writes movingly about his father an adventurous family centered man who inspired his trip I found the chapter about the surprising to me importance role of mules in 18th and 19th century America starting with George Washington as a savvy land speculating donkey importer and mule broker utterly captivating and it’s a good example of the atypical historical perspectives and insights that make this book so riveting But The Oregon Trail A New American Journey is as much about the modern day West and its people as it is about the past and as an Easterner I learned a lot Rinker his brother and their mule team often spent their nights in open publicly maintained corrals where teenagers gather to hang out and practice rodeo skills not something we encounter here in the Boston to Washington megalopolis The writing about the actual trip is detailed but evocative so I felt like I was watching the scenery and riding along in the covered wagon myself I wasn’t uite so interested in the wagon maintenance aspects of their journey but I’m sure those sections will delight some readers