I'll be starting off in early September in Fort Wayne, IN, which is where my characters also leave from. I'll travel from there to Independence, MO, where the official Oregon Trail begins. I'll follow the trail to Fort Bridger, where the settlers had to make a choice of whether to travel north into Oregon, or south to California (following the infamous Hastings Cutoff). I'll be driving both routes, one on the way there, and one on the way back (though the decision of which to travel first will be determined by the availability of interviewees). Other stops along the way will include Portland, Eugene, Sacramento, and San Francisco. I'll also be driving through Donner pass, site of the tragic Donner Party.