Walk in Their Dust

Walk in Their Dust

by Dr. Barry L. Lane




While our plan had more holes in it than a sieve, the bottom line for Niels and I ended up being this: Following the original pioneer routes across America by wagon would be difficult given the number of highways, cities, and private properties that now occupy the once open range the trails traversed...Finally, given the winter and late spring weather in Minnesota, we decided to start in the south and work our way north along the original trails-traveling the opposite direction most pioneers would have taken.

The year was 1973, but as his undergraduate career came to a close, Barry Lane's mind was stuck more than one hundred years in the past. Following a canoe expedition from the Arctic Circle to the Gulf of Mexico, Barry's thirst for adventure and an understanding of the paths of our ancestors reached a crescendo. With the help of his friend, Niels Henriksen, he decided to embark on a cross country expedition from Mexico to Minnesota-using the technology and trails of the American pioneers.

Walk in Their Dust charts the compelling story of Barry and Niels Henriksen during their hike from Mexico to Minnesota. Along the way they would encounter the same challenges of the American wagon trains, including dust storms, intense thirst, blizzard conditions, flash floods, and risk from both predators and man. Yet along the way, with the help of their animal escorts and the individuals along the trail, they learned to face their own life journey with courage, faith, and a good dose of humor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618628039
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
Publication date: 06/05/2012
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 13

It Started Over a Cup of Coffee 15


Getting Acquainted and Getting Started 31


The Journey of Death 45

Jornada Del Muerto

Boots Made for Walking 61

King Louis Mutt II

Getting Lucky 75

Mountain Snow

Blizzard Conditions 89

Life in an Adobe Hut

The Air Lift 105

Brand New Day

Thank God for the Little Things 119

Tumble Weed

Dodge City 135

My Thoughts on People

The Great Escape 149


Land of the Rolling Prairie 163

Beyond Midwinter

The Place of Crossing 175

Strange Is the Feeling

Epilogue: Trail's End 187

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