|06-03-2012, 10:54 PM||#1|
Joined: May 2006
Location: Here and There.. but mostly in the Desert
Idahosam rides the Pony Express through Utah
This is actually the continuation of a ride I started over here http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=795293 but since this is a one day journey, I figured I'd put this section over here as a day trip.
I have for many years been trying to get around to riding the Pony Express through Nevada. Back in 2008 I had plotted it with the the intent to ride it spring or fall of 2009, but life throws curves and we must adapt. Well here it is 2012 and on my return from my ride in the aforementioned link I figured it prudent to take advantage of where I was.
This trip starts with the end of a beautiful day as I had made good time coming up from southern Utah. Just needed to find a place to sleep for the night, so A OHV unload point at Five Mile Pass seem ed to suffice.
I even had facilities close by
Good timing on my part ate my 6inch Subway sandwich and watched the evening sun set
GOD I LOVE THIS COUNTRY!!
Finished my meal chased it with a 24 oz PBR and hit the sack, had to use my Ipod as the coyotes were a singing.
Woke to a beautiful day packed and headed to where I'd pick up this PE ride.... Camp Floyd, just five miles back (go figure).
Well they don't open till 0900 so I headed couple mile east to fill-up and a nice hot cup of coffee came back and they just opened, 2 dollar admission. As an aside there is a nice park behind the hotel with a flushing toilet and hot running water from the sink... just in case anyone wanted to know Also a faucet with potable water.
OK some very interesting history about this camp as it was very expensive for the government and just prior to the war encompassed (Civil) a major portion of the US Army.
Didn't take many pictures of the museum kinda small with some old artifacts dug up from the camp.
Here's a link for the curious: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Floyd
Anyway walked over to the Hotel and stage layover Hotel.
So, after conversing with the Ranger/caretaker he stated that the Pony Express actually followed the stage route mostly. He told me it about 133 miles from here to Ibapah.
And I am off....
Rush Valley Station
Seems the the trend is about every 10 miles is a way station for horse changing. I noticed that most of the original placards were missing, probably theft.
Now we leave the pavement
The Next one was a bit longer to get to.
Simpson Springs Station
A hole lot of this stuff, and NO traffic at all not one vehicle aor person the whole trip
This is the only life I saw the whole time (excluding birds)
Well with all my free time and wondering mind this popped into my head.... if you have 7 minutes to waste; I had a lot longer out here But you only need to watch 2 minutes to catch the gist.
So, I'll finish this up a little latter more to come..
My Ride South of the Border
Riding Nevada's Pony Express Trail May 2013
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
Idahosam screwed with this post 06-03-2012 at 11:32 PM
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