The interval had been largely filled with travel - chiefly along the byways of the British Empire.
Bates, Spanish Highways and Byways (London, 1900); A.
Freshficld, Across Country from Thonon to Trent (1865), and Italian Alps (1875) ï¿½ Mrs Henry Freshfield, Alpine Byways (1861), and A Summer Tour in the Grisons (1862); H.
42, 166; " Byways of Periodical Literature," Walford's Antiq.
It was on these byways that Dean opted to travel, rolling along the river with the down of cottonwoods filling the air like a winter snowstorm, past the occasional farm house, fields, and ever-present vista of mountains wrapping around him.