The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck, 450 pages.
Rinker sets out to cross the U.S. in a covered wagon with a team of mules, his brother Nick, and Nick's dog, Olive Oyl. Rinker needs to reset his life and to rediscover the sense of adventure that he had lost. The 2000 mile journey helps him reconnect with the person he was when he was younger and helps him reconnect with his brother and with the memory of their father. The trip begins in Missouri and crosses the western half of the country, slowly and methodically.
Well written, interesting, and more mule-focused than most tales, The Oregon Trail drags a bit sometimes, but is well worth the read. Available on Overdrive in downloadable audio, tooo.