In early March 2020, I decided to ride my bike the length of the Pony Express Trail in Summer 2021, following the Pony Express Bikepacking Route, a nearly all off-road route created by Jan Bennett. That gave me 18 months to get ready. In the meantime, covid-19 has hit, social distancing is the new norm, and as I write this (April 2020), we are all (or most of us anyway) under orders to shelter in place. Under these circumstances, it’s difficult to even think what any of us might be allowed to do 18 months from now. But to the extent I can, I’m going to plan and train and read and prepare for the ride.
I am an author. My publications include Will Kill for Food, a novella set in Los Angeles’ Koreatown during the 1992 Rodney King Riots. My short fiction has been published or is upcoming in StoryQuarterly, Kestrel, Hunger Mountain Review, and Meat for Tea. For a short time I wrote a series of article about sailing in San Francisco Bay. My current works in progress include Zero Tolerance, a novel about immigration in the Trump era, as well as a historical novel (A Violent Man) and short stories set during the time of the Pony Express.
You can learn more about my writing at https://scottalumbaugh.com