When I strike the open plains, something happens. I'm home. I breathe differently. That love of great spaces, or rolling open country like the sea, it's the grand passion of my life. --Willa Cather
This book is for my brother, Nicholas McMahon Buck, who got us there with rare gumption and skill. Among New England horsemen, he has long been known as one of the great team drivers of his generation and he affirmed this - and more - crossing the Oregon Trail.
I had known long before I rode a covered wagon to Oregon that naivete was the mother of adventure.
Crazyass passion is the staple of life and persistence its nourishing force. Without them, you cannot cross the trail.
Buck's epic account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way-- in a covered wagon with a team of mules, an audacious journey that hasn't been attempted in a century-- tells the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country.… (more)