Rockville Station

I believe Rockville Station is the next station west of Gillespie's Store in Vacaville. At least, I haven't found references to any other. [Well, there is a plaque at a…

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Five Mile Station

Five Mile Station is last station before you get to the western terminus of the Pony Express Trail in Sacramento. As such, it's not really part of my collection of…

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The Antelope

Riding through Old Town Sacramento the other day, I came across a Pony Express memorial that somehow I'd never seen before. I happened to stop to adjust something on my…

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Gillespie’s Store
Gillespie's Store XP Monument–Front

Gillespie’s Store

Gillespie's Store is the next station west of Halfway House (Silveyville). It sits in front of Heritage House, a restaurant in the heart of old downtown section of Vacaville. Vacaville…

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Pony Express Bridge
Pony Express Bridge Monument–Front

Pony Express Bridge

Took a ride the other day (December 10, 2020) to view the Pony Express Memorial in West Sacramento. Good thing too, as due to increased COVID restrictions, we're asked one…

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Halfway House

Halfway House is another station marker west of Sacramento. It sits in the former town of Silveyville. As the inscription on the bench states, the residents of Silveyville packed up…

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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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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: Echo Summit to Lover’s Leap
Another fun section of Slippery Ford

Scouting: Echo Summit to Lover’s Leap

The air has finally cleared enough from the summer fires to where it is "moderate" rather than "hazardous." On top of that, road crews have shut down US 50 (which…

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Scouting: Lover’s Leap to Sand Flat
Sugarloaf, a popular climbing spot (from the west)

Scouting: Lover’s Leap to Sand Flat

This past week I took a couple of days to car camp and scout the upper (eastern) California portion of the Pony Express Bikepacking Route between Kyberz and Echo Summit.…

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Scouting: Sand Flat to Riverton
Parts of Weber Mill Road are overgrown and narrow. But with no traffic (at least on the day I rode it), it isn't really an issue.

Scouting: Sand Flat to Riverton

Yesterday (8/3/2020), I drove rode further up into the Sierra Nevada to scout the trail between Sand Flat campground (near Kyberz) and Riverton (just before Mile 21o7 to Mile 2118…

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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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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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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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