The Wake of the Prairie Schooner
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The Wake of the Prairie Schooner

Irene D. Paden, The Wake of the Prairie Schooner (1944) For nine summers during the 1930s and early '40s, Paden...
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The California Trail
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The California Trail

George R. Stewart, The California Trail (McGraw Hill, 1962) This book details the story of the California Trail from 1841...
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The Overland Mail: 1849-1869
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The Overland Mail: 1849-1869

LeRoy Hafen, The Overland Mail: 1849-1869 (Originally published 1926) Hafen's book, which grew out of his doctoral dissertation, is the...
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Wagon Roads West
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Wagon Roads West

W. Turentine Jackson, Wagon Roads West: A Study of Federal Surveys and Construction in the Trans-Mississippi West, 1846–1869 (University of...
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The Plains Across
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The Plains Across

John D. Unruh, Jr., The Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-60 (Univ. of Illinois, 1979) This...
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The Old Trails West
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The Old Trails West

Ralph Moody, The Old Trails West (Promontory Press 1963) This book details the various trails used across the western U.S.,...
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Death of a Gunfighter
What I'm Reading

Death of a Gunfighter

Dan Rottenberg, Death of a Gunfighter: The Quest for Jack Slade, the West's Most Elusive Legend (Westholme 2008) This book...
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South Pass: Gateway to a Continent
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South Pass: Gateway to a Continent

Will Bagley, South Pass: Gateway to a Continent (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015) So far, this is the only book...
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Historic Resource Study of the Pony Express National Historic Trail
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Historic Resource Study of the Pony Express National Historic Trail

Anthony Godfrey, Historic Resource Study of the Pony Express National Historic Trail (United States Department of the Interior/National Park Service...
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Bike. Camp. Cook. Cookbook
Camping

Bike. Camp. Cook. Cookbook

I stumbled across a website today that offered a free PDF download of a bikecamping cooking guide [Update: the cookbook...
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What shelter system is best?
FAQs

What shelter system is best?

"The route passes through the high plains and the high desert. Keep in mind that buildings out here had to...
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What kind of bike is best?
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What kind of bike is best?

"Naturally, your riding style, comfort level, and how much weight you plan to carry will determine the answer to this...
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Empire on Wheels
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Empire on Wheels

Raymond W. Settle and Mary Lund Settle, Empire on Wheels (Stanford University Press 1949) Empire on Wheels, along with a couple...
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Fear and Discomfort
Reflections

Fear and Discomfort

When I think about riding the Pony Express Trail, the two feelings that come up are fear and discomfort. And...
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Riders of the Pony Express
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Riders of the Pony Express

Riders of the Pony Express, Ralph Moody (1958, republished 2004 University of Nebraska Press) This is a short book, and...
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A Life Wild and Perilous
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A Life Wild and Perilous

Robert M. Utley, A Life Wild and Perilous: Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific (Henry Holt 1997) I bought...
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Stagecoach West
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Stagecoach West

Ralph Moody, Stagecoach West (Promontory Press 1967) I think I picked this book up at a Friends of the Library sale....
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The Pony Express Trail
What I'm Reading

The Pony Express Trail

William E. Hill, The Pony Express Trail: Yesterday and Today (Caxton Press, 2010) My partner, Lisa, gave me this book when...
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What is Bikepacking?
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What is Bikepacking?

Bikepacking is, basically, just what it sounds like: Backpacking, but getting from Point A to Point B on a bike...
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Why Ride the Pony Express Trail?
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Why Ride the Pony Express Trail?

I first started thinking about cycling the Pony Express in September 2017. That’s when I came across a website with...
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