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 hit, social distancing became the new norm, and when I started this blog (April 2020), we were all (or most of us anyway) under orders to shelter in place. Under these circumstances, it was difficult to even think what any of us might be allowed to do 18 months from now. But to the extent I could, I went ahead to plan and train and read and prepare for the ride. From June through July 2021 I managed to ride 1,400 miles of the route, from St. Joseph, MO to Salt Lake City, UT.
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. Two of my stories have been read onstage by professional actors at Stories on Stage Davis and Stories on Stage Sacramento, respectively. For a short time I wrote a series of article about sailing in San Francisco Bay. My current works in progress include Period Rush, a non-fiction book about my experience riding the Pony Express Trail, a historical novel (A Violent Man), and (always) short stories.
You can learn more about my writing at https://scottalumbaugh.com