For the past 2½ months, Cleland has been following the Mormon, Oregon and California Trails as closely as possible.
Like the pioneers, Cleland has had to climb seemingly endless hills and endure bouts of severe weather.
“There was one morning I woke to a terrible storm with winds gusting at 70 mph,” he said. “The winds literally rolled me up in my tent and sent me across the field where I was staying.”
Cleland, a Mormon, decided to make the trip in honor of his great-grandmother, a widow with six children who made the trip in 1856 and was the first handcart pioneer to enter Salt Lake, Utah.