The Prairie Traveler: A Handbook for Overland Expeditions by Randolph B. Marcy was a sort of Bible to those settlers who were heading west. With tips on everything from how to handle a rattlesnake bite through to how to choose a wagon train, it was vital information for easterners who had no idea what lay ahead of them on the westward trail. I find such reading absolutely fascinating and a by-product of such a guide is that it gives me a glimpse into random facts about pioneer life in general.
One such fact was a bit of a shock to me. The recommended amount of flour or the equivalent for the 110 day trip to California was _150_ pounds. PER ADULT PERSON! That's about a pound and a quarter per person each and every day! What does this tell me? Bread was, indeed, the staff of life for both the traveler and the settler!