The Spines of America is one of the missions available in Red Dead Redemption 2's second chapter. Arthur has to use Hosea's help in stealing Bob Crowford's stagecoach. The theft can be done during day or night.
How to unlock: Speak with Hosea Matthews in Emerald Ranch. You should learn about this mission from one of the gang members.
Walkthrough: Listen to the plan of stealing the stagecoach. After that you have to go to the farm in Carmody Dell. Take out binoculars to scout the area. You now have to make an important decision regarding the time of a day - you can steal the stagecoach during day or night. The variants differ slightly from each other.
The first step is to rob the main living building on the farm. If you chose to act during night then you can get inside immediately (remember to crouch!). If you chose the day option then you have to wait for Hosea to distract the people living on the farm. You have to reach the back door marked in the picture.
Once inside, you must start looking for any containers (wardrobes, chests etc.) and items that are lying in plain sight. Remember to sneak. If you chose the night then you should remember to stay away from sleeping people. You absolutely have to remember to close all drawers and chests - don't leave any traces!
The pictures above show the most troublesome finding - a Cigarette card that lies next to one of the windows on the ground floor, and a hidden stash in the chimney (inside you can find $150). Try to steal all items in the house.
The second part is to steal the stagecoach. During a night, Hosea will steal the stagecoach and park it in front of the house. As for the day option, what you have to do is to sneak behind the people who are still being distracted by Hosea. Your goal is to reach the barn.
Go back to the ranch, the one on which you have started this mission. Drive the stagecoach into the barn. As a reward, the game unlocks the access to Seamus the black marketer. You can sell him stolen wagons and stagecoaches. Go back with Hosea to the gang hideout or stay on the ranch.
How to get a gold medal in The Spines of America?
- Loot everything from Carmody Dell - The best way to do that is to act during night because you won't have to be in a hurry. Examine the farm carefully, and don't forget to steal Cigarette card andmoney from the stash in the fireplace.
- Don't get spotted - Stay in crouch position throughout your entire visit on the farm. If you play during a day then you should watch out when you are entering and leaving the main building.
- Deliver the wagon to Emerald Ranch within 1 minute and 10 seconds - You need to drive at maximum speed AND use shortcuts (preferably in a straight line to the ranch). Watch out for any obstacles, i.e. fences or large rocks.