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Old 02-17-2014, 08:21 PM   #391
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Blessed for sure Tony! Credit grandfather who graduated college during Depression, taught school whole life, saved enough to realize his dream of buying a farm.


Sorry... we digress


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Old 02-18-2014, 03:23 AM   #392
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It gets deeper as you go further north, guys.



We just tacked on another 6" of snow last night. Total for the season is somewhere around 78" and average is 32". There's about 20" of the crap laying in the yard now. Work continues prepping my DR350 for the September departure. New Seat Concepts package arrived yesterday, Tusk wheels are being trued up on Wednesday and then the wife and I escape for a week of sun to Naples, Florida. Beach therapy is the bestest!
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:22 AM   #393
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Michigan snow ... My mother grew up in Houghton high up on the U.P. in the 1920s and '30s. She spoke often of the snow there ... entering and exiting the house through second-story windows and such.

Shoveling airy Rocky Mountain powder is enough for me ...

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Old 02-22-2014, 11:06 AM   #394
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Lodging uncertain @ Miner's Delight Inn B&B, Atlantic City, Wyo.

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Atlantic City, Wyoming's historic Miner's Delight Inn B&B, a popular overnight stop for H.o.W. travelers and others passing through the South Pass/Wind River Range area, remains for sale.



With its future as a lodging unknown (it could become a private residence), its proprietors are not currently taking reservations for next season. (They do not take drop-ins.)

However, I'm told that if the inn isn't sold by June 1, the current owners will anticipate being there through the season, and will resume taking reservations. In the meantime, they are taking names and contact information.

So visit the inn's website, and call ahead to learn its status if necessary.

In the meantime, all amenities are available in the pleasant little town of Lander, about 30 scenic miles north of Atlantic City via Hwy. 28 (where we used to live, btw).

If you do go to Lander, be sure to take the well-marked detour from the highway onto beautiful Red Canyon Road:






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Old 02-25-2014, 10:47 PM   #395
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Which reminds me ...

I saw an advertisement the other day announcing that West Wendover, Nevada, casinos were accepting hotel reservations for August and September's land-speed lovefests, at Utah's nearby Bonneville Speedway, a.k.a. the salt flats west of Salt Lake City.



It reminded me of a remarkable bit of historical trivia:

The Great Basin desert of western Utah, west of greater Salt Lake City, is an archive of American history like no other.

Native American trails ... emigrant wagon trails ... the Pony Express and Overland Stage trails ... the world's first transcontinental railroad ... the world's first transcontinental auto route ... a World War II airbase used at the dawn of the A-bomb era ... cross-country Interstate 80, rocket cars and space rockets ... all are here.

And each is part of the Heart of the West experience ...

Danger Cave, just a couple of miles from Wendover, Utah (the two Wendovers share the NV/UT border on Interstate 80), provided archaeological evidence that humans passed this way as long ago as 11,000 years.

Just outside of town as well is Historic Wendover Airfield, where World War II bomber (including those involved in the atomic bombings of Japan) and fighter crews trained. (The Historic Wendover Air Show is scheduled Sept. 5-6.)

A few miles north of today's Interstate 80, Wendover and the Bonneville Speedway, is historic Hastings Cutoff, followed west by mid 19th-century emigrants like the Donner-Reed party, who met their doom in the snows of the Sierra Nevada. They journeyed across the same low pass and toward the same daunting mountains that Heart of the West ADV Route travelers encounter today.





There were isolated frontier forts like Camp Floyd, also the site of a stagecoach stop and Pony Express station. Located along the Pony Express National Back Country Byway -- part of Heart of the West Adventure Route -- Camp Floyd and the small, stone fortification at the mouth of Overland Canyon recall the dangers of travel in those bygone times. Even today, you can peer through rifle ports at the same view of Overland Canyon that made the edifice there so strategic.





The story of young, wiry Pony Express riders braving every imaginable danger -- a story that only lasted a few months -- is almost mythical in the saga of the Old West. Yet with a little imagination, it seems to live on out here ...



... even among travelers who today ride ponies of a different kind.



Heart of the West ADV Route follows the tracks -- almost literally -- of the world's first transcontinental railroad, a 90-mile journey back in time along the original grade's historic Promontory Branch.



In the early 20th century, "autoists" charted the first motor-vehicle transcontinental adventure route, the Lincoln Highway ...



... which, as H.o.W. travelers learn, was no highway here ...



H.o.W. travelers find other reminders of how arduous motoring in basin-and-range country once was. Imagine this on a showroom floor, all shiny and new ...



... or this, reborn for recreational travel at speeds the emigrants could not have imagined when they crossed these flats long ago ...



... and still only dreamed of in the era of coal-fired locomotion, recalled not far away in re-enactments of the fabled driving of the transcontinental railroad's "golden spike" ...



... and achieved at last by the rockets of today, like those on display at Thiokol's nearby outdoor rocket display.


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Old 02-26-2014, 10:58 AM   #396
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Another nice teaser, Tony!

I have two riding buddies interested....still waiting to hear back if they can get the time off.

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Old 02-26-2014, 12:08 PM   #397
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What, me tease?

Honestly, I'm just going stir crazy, and can't stop thinking about getting back out there ...
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Old 02-26-2014, 03:32 PM   #398
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I saw an advertisement the other day announcing that West Wendover, Nevada, casinos were accepting hotel reservations for August and September's land-speed lovefests, at Utah's nearby Bonneville Speedway, a.k.a. the salt flats west of Salt Lake City.

Just outside of town as well is Historic Wendover Airfield, where World War II bomber (including those involved in the atomic bombings of Japan) and fighter crews trained. (The Historic Wendover Air Show is scheduled Sept. 5-6.)





... and achieved at last by the rockets of today, like those on display at Thiokol's nearby outdoor rocket display.


Those are some interesting POIs to add to the trip. May have to factor those dates in...



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Old 02-26-2014, 06:54 PM   #399
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They're right along the way, D'Bob, or may involve just a very short detour.

The route goes through Golden Spike, and Thiokol's rocket display is waypointed and just seconds off the route near the transcontinental railroad's east end.

The sights above r all there waiting 4 u.

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Old 02-27-2014, 07:40 AM   #400
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Do you have anything for a person with out a GPS ?

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Old 02-27-2014, 07:54 AM   #401
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Thanks for asking, Silverdog.

I don't currently publish a paper map, as I am continually integrating new routing and making other upgrades as I explore further, and as I respond to changed conditions (e.g., washouts, paving, temporary closures for removal of beetle-killed trees -- all of which H.o.W. travelers encountered in 2013).

Many use the digital track file as a guide to manually highlight the route in a hard-copy reference. The recommended reference is Benchmark Road & Recreation state atlases.

It is a tedious, time-consuming task (see TxTiger's posts in this thread), and Benchmark atlases, being the best, are not cheap @ about $20 ea. depending on where you buy them.

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Old 02-27-2014, 08:34 AM   #402
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You can get Benchmark maps from Amazon for about $14-$15 per each state.
Our group did that and then had copies made of the pages we needed.
Good excuse to get your group together before your ride and have some bonding time.
This help get the group all on the same page and thinking TEAM.
We had 4 people last September and that was just enough.
Any more and it becomes a cluster.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:39 AM   #403
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We had 4 people last September and that was just enough.
Any more and it becomes a cluster.
I'm #5 of a 5 person group.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:44 AM   #404
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Historic Value Add for your H.O.W. Adventure

Hello Tony

We recently visited the Go West! art exhibition which is a remarkable display of loaned artwork from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Museum.

It was a moving experience for me, having recently traveled Tony's Heart of the West route on some of the same wagon trails depicted in the artwork we viewed, which was painted over 100-150 or more years ago. More amazing is that some of these areas look virtually the same 100+ years later. The exhibit is in Atlanta until April 13th, then moves on to another city. If anyone is near by, its certainly worth the trip to ATL to see it. https://www.high.org/Art/Exhibitions...-Frontier.aspx

Had I known how much impact the artwork would have on my HOW experience, I may have lobbied my riding M8's to detour a few miles over to Cody WY so we could visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Museum. I believe the HOW route passes very close to the BBC- maybe less than 30-40 miles?

Realizing that tourist/museum visits may be hard to embrace when you have been camping on open terrain for several days, the idea of spending anytime in organized, confined spaces can move you to keep on riding but Im throwing it out there anyone to consider a detour and add this to your ride plan if time is on your side.
http://centerofthewest.org/

(One more notable historic stay over spot: For those planning your trips now, also consider staying over & camping next to Bannack, Ghost town. Very Nice camp spots there which give time to fully explore Bannak and the old mines. We scouted it out but hurried on, and unfortunately I think all of us in our group regretted not staying there.)

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Ouch! Elkster88 and MRed ... good thing there's half a continent between u 2.

You make a good point, MRed. Others have noted as well that the process of marking out the route helps them learn it, and become familiar with the geography.

I recognize that a published paper map would be helpful. Having spent many years in publishing, though, I do appreciate being able to digitally modify the route quickly in response to changed circumstances -- and to deliver changes to H.o.W. travelers promptly -- as opposed to waiting (typically two years) to revise for a new print edition.

ABuck99, you're right ... the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody is the Smithsonian of the West. Unfortunately, it is quite a ways off the route. Yet many who travel through Yellowstone country find it's worth the effort.

And that ride report ... I laugh just thinking about it!

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