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Old 06-03-2013, 04:47 PM   #61
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As We continue and I am sure everyone viewed the short video, I would now like for you all to perhaps close your eyes for just a moment to visualize how it may have been back then. You see I remember reading that the PE was more of a corridor than an actual road or trail, as the route may change depending on environmental conditions, proximity to hostilities, etc.

Look at this picture and imagine no trail, no road, only sage, greasewood, junipers that you would have to pick an traverse through........ got it! Good.







Extrapolated from Pony Express Interpretive Guide Department of Interior



"Not all of those who were attacked were killed. Rider George Scovell
had a narrow escape a few months after Zowgaltz’s death. Scovell
rode a sturdy Pony Express horse with a curious, question markshaped
blaze on its face. He named the horse for its blaze, calling
him “What?” Near dusk on October 19, 1860, horse and rider were
picking their way warily down Telegraph Canyon west of Chokup
Pass (today called Overland Pass, in the Diamond Mountains about
27 miles north of Eureka).
I remember well how uneasy he seemed to be, his ears working
forward and backward, and I could feel him try to halt.
—Pony Express Rider George Scovell, 1860

Suddenly a swarm of arrows zinged out of the trailside brush. Horse
and rider lunged forward and pounded three miles down the trail to
Diamond Springs Station; Scovell carrying two arrows in his leg and
What? pierced by 11 more. I believe there were thirty or more [warriors], and they were right onto me. . . . Instantly I decided to make a run for the station and no pony on the line, I doubt, ever made faster time over the old trail than did that horse, even with arrows sticking from his side.
—Pony Express Rider George Scovell, 1860

Upon delivering his rider to the safety of the station, What? collapsed.
Scovell sorrowfully put him down with a shot to the forehead. Dead
livestock generally would be left to the scavengers, but George Scovell
buried courageous What? next to the station and then quit his job. It
was the last ride he ever made for the Pony Express. Scovell wrote of the events of that day in his journal and kept with it a photo of the good horse that had saved his life. A monument near the old Diamond Springs station site commemorates horse and rider."













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Old 06-03-2013, 05:15 PM   #62
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Idahosam, Really enjoying the report !
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:18 PM   #63
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:34 PM   #64
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Thanks for the positive vibes all

The Monument sits just off the road where the telegraph tail intersects. Not quite a half mile up is the actual Diamond Springs Station, it sits on private property.

here's pretty much what's left


"Diamond Springs Station Elev: 5837
Little remains of the original station, named for the nearby crystalline springs that still run today, except a 1960 commemorative plaque near the ranch house about a mile south of the station site."

Somewhere close by are the bones of "What"

this is the fence keeping us off the property



OK, so we turn south and go about 3/4 of a mile to the turn of the trail, travel down about a half mile and come to this



Again no posting to keep out so open and close and onward. All the way across to Sulphur Springs station on the far side.


"Sulphur Springs Station Elev: 5832
It is debated whether Sulphur Springs served the Pony Express or if it was built to facilitate the opening of the Overland Stage in the summer of 1861."

When we arrived there was nothing show us any signs of the site, so we headed on towards Roberts Creek Station over the southern end of the Sulphur Spring Range


Looking back










I know exactly where I am!



this dumps out on 278


Told you I knew where I was.

Damn another gate....... we quit counting so don't ask




Stopped for a break at this information Kiosk





Shortly after departing this location I had my first mishap..

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Old 06-03-2013, 11:18 PM   #65
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Doesn't show up very well on my pic from last September either.

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Old 06-03-2013, 11:27 PM   #66
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Doesn't show up very well on my pic from last September either.

AWESOME Ed, you know this route then How come I didn't see a
RR or did I just miss it?

Yea at least I can read some of yours.
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It's in here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=817279
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:15 AM   #68
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Thanks for the latest chapter Sam, looks awesome!
TR383 I missed your report, thanks for the link. Thats a great staging area.
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:28 AM   #69
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Thanks for the RR its awesome so far
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:56 AM   #70
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Yup, ED I missed it I was in between and prepping for a hunting trip then.

Thanks for the link.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:26 AM   #71
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Did part of that ride back in December on my way back to East Texas...Safe travels...
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:39 AM   #72
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So, as I had said after taking a break Here:

Borrowed Pic from Trailrider383

Headed out and not a mile away I missed the turn off on to a very lightly used two track, so the road I was on is one of those hard packed clay type with fairly deep tire ruts cut in, you know the ranchers truck with stock trailer in tow, now rock hard.

This is kinda embarrassing... as I was trying to make my turn around with the front tire up on a harden mud ridge I stalled putting my right foot down ii went into one of the ruts bike came over and "wham" #$%^ &$*#.........@#$% use you imagination to insert language. Lay there for a bit sucked it up and headed on; I had a real hard time walking the rest of the day "beaucoup Pain"

I really loved riding this section over towards Robert Station



We went through Roberts Station and it was a modern ranch looks like a nice place barking dogs, etc. Didn't get a picture but here some information:

Robert’s Creek Station Elev: 6480
Robert’s Creek holds the dubious distinction as Nevada’s first station to be attacked by Indians. On April 13, 1860, the second trip from St. Joseph was delayed when horses were driven off the station by local Shoshones. Robert’s Creek later became a telegraph station.

From here to Dry Creek Station is 35 miles with one stop out on the flats of the Kobeh Valley, a heavily laden alkaline floor I do not want to imagine what the ground would be like later in the summer. I just kept wondering how in God's name did they convince someone to work out here.

This is just before the miles of Poof dust kicks in.



Made me think of a passage written by Sir R. Burton " About 15 miles west of Robert's Creek, we reached some wells whose alkaline waters chap the skin"

My readings states "The old photos show a building with a smooth surface building, Also an building very similar in construction to the old Ruby Valley Station (now in Elko)

Life is hard out here.


Grubb’s Well Station Elev: 6165
Also called Camp Station, there was no station at Grubb’s Well for at least the first seven months of the Pony Express. While historians question its existence, some accounts suggest a rough, teepee-like structure existed near a shallow alkaline well



















Onward to Dry Creek another 15 or so miles





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Old 06-04-2013, 02:06 PM   #73
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Nice report / history . My kind of ride.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:11 PM   #74
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Awesome report..

Thanks again for posting. Future reference material for me.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:54 PM   #75
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Adorable report.

The horse called What? is a great story. I love horseriding and this tale really hit me; I shall remember it.

Creepy last pictures: a slanted shack and the skeleton of a dead cow; then more skeletons inside. Did they die of thirst or the bad water? Sorry sight.

I consider you ponyriders from now on.
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