South Pass marker, placed by Ezra Meeker in 1906

The following posts are entries into a journal I kept on my ride on the Pony Express Bikepacking Route from St. Joseph, Missouri to Salt Lake City, Utah. I updated the journal daily from June 1 to July 12, 2021. Sometimes I could only manage a placeholder entry, which I supplemented a few days later in the ride. Together, they represent as closely as possible my daily experiences, supplemented historical observations, descriptions, and narratives gleaned from historians and other writers. My hope is that they give an impression of what riding the trail felt like, as well as the significance of some of the areas I visited.

Daily Journal