Ben Holladay, The Stagecoach King

J.V. Frederick, Ben Holladay, The Stagecoach King (1940) This book is something of a biography of Ben Holliday, who developed a virtual monopoly on stagecoaching in the 1860s west. He…

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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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Scouting: Pollock Pines to Placerville
Riding the irrigation canal west of Pollock Pines

Scouting: Pollock Pines to Placerville

Last Friday (7/17/20) I drove up to Placerville to scout the route between there and Pollock Pines. As before, I rode the PX Bikepacking Route on the eastbound leg (reverse…

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Prairie Schooner Detours

Irene D. Paden, Prairie Schooner Detours (1949) This is a follow up book to Paden's The Wake of the Prairie Schooner. The first book stuck to the Oregon and California…

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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…

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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Scouting: Placerville to Shingle Springs
Trestle Crossing – Sometimes you have no choice but to ride the tracks

Scouting: Placerville to Shingle Springs

  Today I went on a relatively long drive (50 miles) for a relatively short ride (26 miles). I wanted to scout the next section (to the east) from my…

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Scouting: Shingle Springs to Folsom
Overlooking Latrobe from the El Dorado Trail

Scouting: Shingle Springs to Folsom

My plan over the course of this summer is to pre-ride the PX Bikepacking Route from Echo Summit (above South Lake Tahoe) to Old Town Sacramento. That's about Mile 2072 to…

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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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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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