In the 1970's- cross-country travelling brought horrible difficulties like a blown tire with a flat spare on the Interstate in Donner Pass.
Yes- that's a joke.
All that 'horrible difficulty' needed was a ride at a mile-per-minute to the next town and a similar trip back- a few dozen twirls on the 4-way lug wrench and we were again westward.
These troubles did not compare whatsoever to the westward travellers of the mid-late 1800's- prodding westward at walking speeds into wild and barely-charted territory.
If modern day Man has forgotten those struggles- Saturday's event in Jefferson County Nebraska brought back a taste of the hardships of those pioneers in their "Oregon Trail Day-" the story of which is told by the fine folks at The BEATRICE (NE) DAILY SUN.