Jake wakes up and finds Lorena already up. He wonders if he can scare her away from going and leave without her.
But Lorena gives Jake Gus's fifty dollars, and he doesn't try to scare her away.
Jake leaves to buy Lorena a mount, and she packs for the trip.
While Lorena's gathering all her favorite things, Xavier, the owner of the Dry Bean, begs her not to go.
Xavier says he'll marry Lorena. And if she won't have him, he'll burn down the saloon.
Lorena refuses Xavier. It's his place, and he can burn it if he wants to.
Xavier wants one last roll in the hay with Lorena, so he gives her a huge wad of cash, and she agrees to it.
Afterward, she hides the money. This is a secret she has to keep from Jake.
Lorena and Jake ride into camp, and all the men are shocked because Lorena is wearing pants. A woman in pants? What's next? A woman with a job that doesn't involve prostitution?
Augustus helps Lorena dismount, which makes her sad. First, she has to use his money to buy a horse. Now she's relying on him to help her off it.
Gus invites Lorie and Jake to eat breakfast.
Meanwhile, Newt wonders how far away Montana is, and Call regrets not educating Newt better, because he thinks north is just a direction, not a place.
Call tells Newt they're going a "sight farther" (22.65) than San Antonio. That's an understatement.
Augustus rides the wagon back to town from the camp while Bolivar decides whether or not to keep going with the rest of the men.
Gus stops by Jake and Lorie's along the way. Lorie is cooking, with no help whatsoever from Jake. Big surprise.
While gathering supplies in Lonesome Dove, Gus talks to Xavier, who says he'll come for Lorie if Jake gets killed.
That won't happen, according to Gus.
Gus ends up with a supply he didn't expect: Lippy the piano player, who hitches a ride in the wagon. Too bad he can't bring his piano.
Newt can barely sleep. A cattle drive is more exciting than Christmas. We don't even know if he knows what Christmas is.
As the drive begins, all the men have their fears. Asper is afraid of drowning. Dish kind of hopes he'll save Lorena from a bear. And everyone is wary of a rowdy bull that joined the herd when no one was looking.
The men are ready to drive 2600 cattle "[a]nd two pigs" (25.13) from Texas to Montana.
Call and Gus discuss their fears, wondering if everyone will make the entire journey. It's doubtful.
Call rides on, but Gus doesn't follow. Gus watches the sun set one last time near Lonesome Dove.