Read more about the article Scouting: Pacific House to Pollock Pines
American River crossing just east of Pacific House. Brockliss Bridge used to span this gorge.

Scouting: Pacific House to Pollock Pines

Yesterday (7/24/2020), I rode another short loop (20 miles) to compare the 2017 Centennial Route with the Pony Express Bikepacking Route between Pacific House and Pollock Pines (Miles 2122-2130). I…

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Saddles and Spurs

Mary Lund Settle and Raymond W. Settle, Saddles and Spurs (1955) Saddles and Spurs is one of the seminal books on the Pony Express. Every later work I've read references…

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Mile 1299: Big Pass Update

"Pony's clear from Henefer to at least Ibapah. Can't vouch for Wyo. Be careful if you decide to take the singletrack off of Big Mtn Pass in Utah. They made the…

Read more about the article Scouting: Mormon Tavern
Mormon Tavern Station Memorial

Scouting: Mormon Tavern

There are two places of interest on the Pony Express Bikepacking Route between Placerville and Folsom, California. One is the Duroc Station marker near Shingle Springs (Mile 2157). I stopped…

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The Wagonmasters

Henry Pickering Walker, The Wagonmasters (1966) This book is subtitled "High Plains Freighting from the Earliest Days of the Santa Fe Trail to 1880." It is a fairly thorough account of…

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Read more about the article What I’m Riding
My Pony Express rig, by the XP Memorial in Old Town Sacramento

What I’m Riding

  A key component of a 2,100-mile bike ride is, of course, the bike. I thought a lot about building a bike just for this ride. But in the end,…

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