09-18-2009 Fri

posted Dec 15, 2012, 8:44 PM by Lynn Cleland   [ updated Dec 15, 2012, 10:55 PM ]

Feel free to leave Doc your comments!

6:34 am

Hi everyone, thanks for visiting Docs journal and following his progress. I can tell you from conversations with Doc (my brother) its the people that are keeping him going everyday. He has thoroughly enjoyed walking and talking with everyone along his trek.

Doc would never ask people for help (he is stubborn like that :)  but I have talked with him and he is concerned he is running out of money. Even though Doc has saved for this trip he didn’t think that his chase cars would be going through so much gas.  I thought I would set up a PayPal account so that if people would like to donate a couple dollars here and there it would really help him out and assure his success. A lot of you have already helped him with food and that is greatly appreciated let me tell you! My biggest fear was that he was going going to starve to death on the trail. But now he could use another kind of help. Any little bit you could donate would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks everyone for following Doc and making this trek one the biggest accomplishments of his life.


Message from Doc!

Looking for stories of “Faith Greater Than Pain” – In the process of gathering information and meeting so many wonderful people and also having been touched by so many of your inspiring stories, I am going to be including a lot of those heartfelt stories in the book that is going to be written about this adventure, but there are many more inspiring stories out there.  So I am sending out an appeal to have people send me stories of their “Faith Greater Than Pain”.

Let me explain what I am looking for, even though the saying “Faith Greater Than Pain” was inspired by the handcart pioneers, it applies to everyone’s lives and the trials that they have gone through.  Just as a quick example, my wife died of Lou Gehrigs disease at the age of 47.  She passed away 10 months to the day of diagnosis.  She endured pain and suffering that can only be understood if you were the patient or the caregiver.  My wife taught me very poignantly about the deep meaning of faith, hope, prayer, love and patience that I couldn’t have learned in any other way.  It wasn’t so much just the amount of pain and suffering that she went through in the struggle but it was her perfect resolve that everything was going to be alright, no matter what the outcome and during her last moments on this earth, true to the form of a loving mother and wife, she wanted to know if we were going to be alright.  Imagine that you are fighting for each breath that you take and fighting for your literal life, but her concern was for us and not for herself.  There is of course a lot more to this story, but there are hundreds of struggles out there that have exemplified this motto of “Faith Greater Than Pain” and I would love to have you submit those stories to me and hopefully we can include some into this book.  It is those experiences that give others so much courage and hope in their trials.  Stories don’t always have to deal with someone passing away, it can be about almost any situation.  Of course not all of the pioneers died in this process of moving west, but they definitely possessed the attributes of “Faith Greater Than Pain”.  Please send them to:  grizzlydoctor@gmail.com


  1. Lynn,
    What an inspiration and honor it was for us to walk with you and pull the handcart if only a short distance on Saturday near our farm in Shelton. I would love to learn even more now about my Morman ancestors after meeting you. It was a pleasure meeting you and learning more about your passion and committments in paying tribute to your family that graced the footsteps you are following. Bless you and good luck! Glenn and Marcia Schanou

    Comment by marcia & glenn schanou — July 20, 2009 @9:04pm 

  2. Thanks for the kind words. It’s meeting people like you all along the trail that has made this an unexpected treasure. I hope to stay friends with everyone that I meet. It’s not just about me… it’s about us…

    Comment by Doc — July 21, 2009 @2:50am  

  3. I would be bending the rules all over the place!!! Your strength and stamina inspire me. It was so great meeting you and talking with you. I see you met a friend of mine somewhere near Fremont. Young girl named Bernie! Small world! I will be following your trek and praying for your safety and continued strength. (mostly so you resist shootin wild game until WYO) LOL

    Comment by SheyAnne Mares — July 22, 2009 @4:40am 

  4. today fri the 24th of july 09 i saw you as i was on my way to lex didn’t catch what the signs said that time but on the way back home i did when i read faith greater than pain it struck me WOW that is soooo true then the next thing i saw was you pulling that cart that inspired me and now its only 1:oo and i have thought back to what i saw this morning at least 6 times….i think what your doing is really neat hope all goes well i sure i’ll watch your journal as you go along….GOODLUCK

    Comment by kelly king — July 24, 2009 @6:09pm 

  5. I just saw your news article at KSL.com. I have spent about 1 1/2 hours reading and looking at all of the pictures. You have my total respect for what you are doing. What an undertaking. You are one tough man! And the self-control of not eating the food when it is right within your reach…Not many could/would do that. I just marveled when you described the people of Iowa, their friendliness and hospitality. I grew up on a farm in Kansas with the nearest town having 500 in population. So I know what you are talking about. Those people are the backbone of our nation.

    Your G-G-G-G-Grandmother had to have been one tough woman to do what she did. It is very hard to imagine what she must have gone through. But you don’t have to imagine it anymore, do you?

    Here’s praying that Heavenly Father continues to watch out for you, Bessie and your escorts.

    Comment by Gina — July 25, 2009 @2:39pm 

  6. Way to go! My g-g-g-g-greats were with yours! I would love to do that someday. Maybe when I’m in a little better shape and my little ones are all grown. Way to go!

    Comment by Jamie — July 25, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

  7. I am here in Utah and because of the KSL broadcast, I have been able to really enjoy reading your blog to hear your every day adventures of traveling as our pioneers did. I have many pioneers in my ancestors that crossed those plains that you are currently crossing. They were a little more fortunate to have wagons to ride in most cases but you will be able to say you have done what your g g g g grandmother did. I bet you will look forward to seeing her in the hereafter and be able to relate to her that you know and feel as she felt. Keep it up, I wish I was there with you. I will be following your blog till you reach the valley o.

    Comment by Allen Grover — July 25, 2009 @ 9:17 pm 

  8. My friend just told me about your website/blog/journey. What an amazing feat! We’ll be tracking you as you make your way to Utah. What a great thing to do.

    –Your Georgia fans

    Comment by Wendy — July 27, 2009 @ 6:52 pm 

  9. Hey:

    Nice talking with you the other day. Still think of you often and wonder in amazement that you have taken on such a task. I wonder at the motivation. I do wish you well and will see you sometime upon your return. I will not make the homecoming on the 26th due to prior engagement with the Beehive Statesmen Barbershop Chorus. You should take that art up again upon your return. Music is good for the soul, especially the barbershop style.

    Love ya crazy man,

    Comment by Scott Allred — July 28, 2009 @ 2:54 pm 

  10. Hi Lynn- I am so proud of what you are doing. This is extra special to me as Sarah Goode Marshall is my Great Grand Mother also!! I served 2 Missions on both handcart sites in Wyoming and have told Sarahs story to thousads of trekers…I will be at this is the place monuments to greet you and I am looking forward to meeting you! I am keeping up with you along this journey….thanks so much for doing this. Beverly

    Comment by Beverly — July 31, 2009 @ 5:37 am 

  11. Hello again, Doc,
    For those who do not know, Doc’s great-great grandmother was the only single mother allowed to travel with the Martin Handcart Company and…. she arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley destination ahead of the others! Doc’s parents live in the same area where I have my home and we’re in the same Ward at church. They are treasured friends as are Doc’s sister and brother-in-law and their new little angel daughter. We’re all cheering for you Doc.
    With love and prayers,

    Comment by Claire FitzGerald — July 31, 2009 @ 7:42 pm 

  12. Hi Doc,
    I like what you are doing it sounds like alot of fun. You must have to stop alot and think about how much the land has chainged since then. I had to lagh and think about the bread when i read about the Schwan’s man and the icecream. This must be alot of fun for you since it has to do with your family history. We are very glad to have met you. Have a great trip.
    Love, Kelly.

    Comment by Kelly O'Brien — August 2, 2009 @ 10:37 pm | Reply

  13. Dear Doc,

    I heard about your trek from a co-worker and wanted to touch base with you regarding your arrival into the valley. As the Marketing Director of This Is The Place Heritage Park I think it would be wonderful to coordinate something. Please let me know if you are interested.

    Comment by Jorden Blucher — August 4, 2009 @ 5:44 pm 

  14. Dear Doc,

    I too am a descendant of Sarah Goode Marshall. Through the following line: Daughter Selina Marshall married Robert Gregory (Franklin, Idaho). Their daughter Charlotte Maria Gregory married Mark Henry Preece (Cove, Utah). Their daughter Lona Gregory Preece married LeRoy Smith (Richmond, Utah) Their son LaMar Preece Smith (Salt Lake City, Utah) is my father.

    We have shared with our children, relatives and friends many stories from family journals about the life of Sarah Goode Marshall, a real pioneer. From the journal of one of her granddaughters, I share the following. “Grandmother procured a handcart and asked Captain Ellsworth if she could join with this Company in crossing the plains. The Company was large and this was the first attempt in crossing with handcarts and he answered, “Sister Marshall, it would be unreasonable for you to expect such a thing. You a widow with six small children, you would only be a hinderance to the Company.” Her answer was, “Well Captain Ellsworth, I’m going and I’ll beat you there.”

    Doc, we can all benefit from such an attitude of faith and determination. You, like Sarah, are an wonderful example to all. We pray for God’s choicest blessing for you on your journey. We hope to meet you when you enter the valley.

    Steven G Smith

    Comment by Steven Gregory Smith — August 17, 2009 @ 3:57 am 

  15. I too am looking forward to meeting all of Sarah’s grandchildren. If you can, walk with me the last few blocks from “This is the Place” park to temple square.

    Comment by Doc — August 17, 2009 @ 11:45 pm 

  16. Looking forward to spending Saturday evening/Sunday with you this week Lynn. Appreciate your determination to “EXERCISE” your faith and how it affects others and encourages the same.

    Comment by David — September 8, 2009 @ 12:42 pm 

  17. Was a pleasure to come across you on you trek Sept 10, 2009 in Wyoming, between Farson and the Green River. We wish we could have spent more time talking with you,about your walk. We wish you well on the last 3 weeks until you get to SLC. Now that I found your web site, I will follow your adventure.

    Mike and Lois Wolf Tacoma, Wa.
    Donna Hana Medford Wi

    Comment by Lois Wolf — September 13, 2009 @ 6:14 am