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Old 05-24-2009, 10:04 PM   #1
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Pony Express Trail My A$$

I thought I'd throw together a little report on our Pony Express Trail ride from last weekend. Well it's not much of a trail, more like a gravel road for 144 miles. Let me tell you that I don't know the first thing about riding on gravel so the butt pucker factor for me was pretty high... (Any advice is appreciated).

Now that KPie has a plated WR450, we were able to leave for the trail head right from home, a nice bonus for living in Utah.

Right before we left:



At the time of that picture, there was a new KTM 640 fender in the garage behind our bikes. On Friday I stole it and put it on the DRZ.



We had several miles of highway to get to Cedar Fort, Utah where we stopped to fill up. We felt like the WR could easily make it to Ibapah, a small town on the Nevada border, where we could refuel before heading north to Wendover.

As we're filling up, a couple of nasty looking pit bulls were wandering around, I warn KPie about them, but he seems unfazed, whistling at them to come over. I want nothing to do with them and pull my bike around to grab a snack at the store, I accidentally make eye contact with one of them and the SOB comes at me like you wouldn't believe. I avoided getting bit and warned Pie again. I guess he fancies himself as some sort of dog whisperer and continues to call them! I turn away and hear a horrible bark/growl/bite sound coming from Pie's direction, I turn back around to see him getting bit on the a$$, by one of the dogs! He is fine and we hit the road again.

Soon we start seeing the first few monuments where the old stations were located. Here is a little history blurb and our first few pics.









It doesn't take us long to find the middle of nowhere... This was one my favorite stops. The stone cabin story leaves us a feeling a little bad, but we continue on.







We fondly named this stop "Hell's Armpit". That's Dugway Proving Ground in the back. There was a lone black bird keeping us company, probably realizing that he was screwed out there by himself.



Down the road a ways, we see the Fish Springs wildlife preserve where we saw no signs of life. I'm telling you this is face of the moon desolate! Pie was hoping the there would be fuel in Callao, but there is nothing. I start to get a little nervous about the time now, worried that the gas station might close early on Saturday. Turns out, I was right. We arrive at the Ibapah Trading Post to find a locked gate and no one around. There is nothing else in town and we make a bee line for Wendover. Even with the bigger tank on the WR, we know we are pushing it for fuel. I'm carrying an extra gallon for him and we needed it. For those interested, he got 174 miles plus another 20 on reserve before running bone dry. Made for some nice pics at dusk about 10 miles south of Wendover. He did not find it as humorous as I did:



Our idea of roughing was the buffet at the Montego Bay Casino. We take off the next morning looking for another way home. We decide to pickup the California National trail off of I-80 and exit 56. Turned out to be a great idea. Over the Cedar Mountains we found a series of great roads going on for miles. Stopped to take a few pics along the way. In the distance is the Skull Valley Indian Reservation. I can't believe they didn't do more with this "prime" real estate we gave them...









30 miles or so to the south, we plan to fill up and eat in Dugway. Well Dugway is not a town, but a high security military base. If you end up there you will need a drivers license, registration, and proof of insurance to get on base. They were nice enough to give us our first ever police escort to the gas station and back off the base. It was pretty cool. I ended up getting 74 miles per gallon on the DRZ! We did about 400 miles and the bike was a dream, perfect for this type of riding. Cheers!
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:05 AM   #2
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Great Ride ...

Loved the ride. The WR 450F performed flawlessly (although not so fun on the highway) and the seat felt like a two-by-four after about 100 miles. The DR 400 was probably the better bike of the two for that ride. Kept stopping and waiting for 'Grandma' DrDye to catch up because of his fears on the loose gravel...
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