The idea: Ride as closely to the original Oregon Trail as possible. You know, wagons, rocks shaped like chimneys, fording rivers, typhoid fever, floppy disks, that Oregon Trail. Stay close enough to the trail and/or nearby landmarks to at least give a background for the imagination to imagine what it might have looked like in 1848. Make it easy to ride so anyone can ride it on anything off-roady enough to have a skid plate sold for it. GS, VanVan, WR, DR, whatever wagon you got. Not too rugged, but still fun. Make it scenic! Favor dirt roads, public and undeveloped land, though still following the Trail. Keep it legal. Avoid trespassing, or having to go out of one's way to get permission in order to avoid trespassing. The method: I am an inexperienced rider who has never been near much of these areas, let alone ridden on them. I am creating this route entirely through the magic of technology and the creepy amount of information available through all kinds of sources. National Park Service - National Historic Trails: https://nps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=24fc463363f54929833580280cc1a751 National Park Service - Oregon Trail map with landmarks: https://www.nps.gov/oreg/planyourvisit/upload/National-Park-Service-Oregon-Trail-Map-508.pdf Route built through Gaia GPS using road, satellite, public and private land maps from Gaia GPS, OpenStreeMap, and Mapbox. Trail and land information double-checked against BLM maps of National Historic Trails: https://www.blm.gov/visit/oregon-mo...ony-express-national-historic-trails-corridor Road information checked and compared to Google maps (you don't need a link). Roads do not always agree! The reason: Cuz I want to see it! I'd argue that the country that the Oregon Trail traveled through is among THE most beautiful in this country, and despite nearly 200 years of progress, a lot of the land is still relatively undeveloped. Of course, this route was popular because it's a path of least resistance which is exactly where civilization develops, so much of it is now sprawling towns and cities, farmland, interstate, or otherwise unrecognizable. Nonetheless, I find that if you use your imagination on the right backdrop, you can see through the concrete, power lines, asphalt, and time. Current status: TESTED: MO, KS, NE, WY, and some of ID. Just returned home 10/3/2021. Details and report coming soon, along with changes to the route. Private land is a real issue!