Solano House
Solano House Station Monument

Solano House

The western terminal of the Pony Express is in Sacramento, as is the end of the Pony Express Bikepacking Route. Even so, the first eastbound XP rider left from San…

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The Year of Decision

Bernard DeVoto, The Year of Decision: 1846 (1942) This book took a long time to read. It's very well written—I mean, DeVoto is pretty much the Dean of western historical…

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A Route for the Overland Stage

Jesse G. Patterson, A Route for the Overland Stage: James H. Simpson's 1859 Trail Across the Great Basin (2008) This is a wonderful, unpretentious, highly informative book. To quote from the…

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Scouting: Cameron Park to Old Town Folsom
Open gate on Tong Road. Google Maps still shows this as posted No Trespassing.

Scouting: Cameron Park to Old Town Folsom

Last July (2020), I scouted two routes between Cameron Park (actually, from Shingle Springs, a little to the east) and Folsom. The ride report is here. Based on that trip,…

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Scouting: Sand Springs to Simpson Pass
Pony Express marker at Simpson Pass

Scouting: Sand Springs to Simpson Pass

For my last Nevada scouting trip this season, I headed back out to Fallon for a ride I've been looking at for months: The Pony Express Trail from Sand Springs…

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Scouting: Carson Sink Station

This is the third of three reports on the route between Sand Springs and Carson Sink Stations. Part 1 ("Sand Springs Station to Simpson Pass") is here, and part 2 ("Simpson…

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Scouting: Simpson Pass to Highway 95
The markers are nice, though you can't always see (or ride a straight line to) the next one

Scouting: Simpson Pass to Highway 95

This is the second of three reports on the route between Sand Springs and Carson Sink Stations. Part 1 ("Sand Springs Station to Simpson Pass") is here, and part 3 ("Carson…

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