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Old 06-04-2013, 02:12 PM   #76
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:30 PM   #77
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:14 PM   #78
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I like your report and detail, Sam. I have been busy since we got back writing an article for the June issue of our IAMC Newsletter entitled "Riding the Nevada Pony Express Trail." I just uploaded it to the website today. You can review it at this link.

Here's a sneak preview of what happened the next day of our ride.






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Old 06-04-2013, 05:00 PM   #79
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I like your report and detail, Sam. I have been busy since we got back writing an article for the June issue of our IAMC Newsletter entitled "Riding the Nevada Pony Express Trail." I just uploaded it to the website today. You can review it at this link.

Here's a sneak preview of what happened the next day of our ride.







I just read the Article, and I must say excellent writeup. Very detailed and concise. You sir are well versed in the application of periodicals

Let's not too much away for the next day, but it is a great way to entice
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:37 PM   #80
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I like your report and detail, Sam. I have been busy since we got back writing an article for the June issue of our IAMC Newsletter entitled "Riding the Nevada Pony Express Trail." I just uploaded it to the website today. You can review it at this link.

Here's a sneak preview of what happened the next day of our ride.






Wow!, that makes the little bit of poof dust we struggled with look like nothin!! can't wait to hear more about it!
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:46 PM   #81
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So after Grubbs Staion we head off bobbing through the poof for a many mile..zzzzz.

This picture is when we finally got to the easy stuff; you know where we could stop on some hardpack


After about 10 or 12 miles we come to a locked Gate and one can clearly see there has been no traffic through here in a very long spell




Pretty easy work around just turn right follow the fence line road up turn left then right on the other side and a couple miles down is the trail. Up over the rise dropping you on to a dirt road leading up to Dry Creek Ranch.

We rode up to the Ranch and a couple of minutes later a wiry gent strolled out.... he seemed apprehensive (why I don't know), he was fidgeting with a monocular in his hand, so I knew he watched us coming up the long draw. His hat was something to see I'd say 30 years ago it was probably a nice Stetson, but after him wearing it probably everyday for the last aforementioned timeline it was um, well you can imagine. Looks as he had been wearing the same clothes and probably sleeping in them for sometime. and most of his pearly whites were missing. I wanted to ask for his picture but he didn't seem all that amiable, but I did extend my hand to introduce myself and he hesitantly shook hands and told me he's Tom.

I ask him about the the ole Pony Station he retorted pretty quickly " it's down there out the gate a bit...... well that certainly nails it's down. So I ask how far out the gate ... " Oh just right go down the hill you'll find it" Then I asked him it the trail goes on through as my maps and research shows nothing. He had this weird smirk cross his face and said yup! So it's only about 15 miles to Austin right, Yup! So what do you think about a hour or two? Again this smirk of I know something you don't came across his face, then just said Oh, you'll eventually get there. Now we just stood looking at each other with that long uncomfortable silence.... Well, OK Then thank you for your time.

As we walked over to the bikes Steve kept whispering, did you see that hat!



I don't think the guy gets much company.

This was just at the turn off from the ranch Gate



There's the ranch I bet Tom was scoping us out with his monocular

Here's the location



Dry Creek Station N3931.250 W11644.538 Elev: 6778
It is likely that Dry Creek served as a home station. Problems with Indians marked much of the station’s run, much like many nearby stations. In the spring of 1860 its keeper, Ralph Rosier, was killed and scalped, probably by Shoshones. Some remains of Dry Creek and a monument with a brass commemorative plaque exist on the Dry Creek Ranch about four miles north of U.S. Highway 50.


Excerpt from "The Pony Express Yesterday and Today" page 224

"Dry Creek was the eastern end of Division Five. It may have served as a Home Station. This was a scene of a attack on may 21 1860 by Paiutes that resulted in the deaths of station-keeper Ralph Roiser and John Applegate who, severely wounded committed suicide.


...another incident involved Thomas Flynn (Flyman) who normally rode the section between Genoa and Carson's Sink. However on one run in 1861 to Carson, Flynn arrived with the east bound mail, but there was no rider to take the mail east to Dry Creek... mindful that the mail had to go through Flynn contiuned east all the way to Dry Creek. When he arrived, he found six emigrants barricaded in the station and the keeper had been killed."


Rosier and Applegate are buried in the sage behind the monument.

We headed on up the trail for 3 or 4 miles when it just got interesting




Awe Hell let's just call it a day and head to Austin


END of DAY 2

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Old 06-05-2013, 08:30 AM   #82
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Still stuck to this great RR. Great job, Sam. Your pics and narrative are superb!
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:54 AM   #83
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Great report. I was just talking with a friend about doing this very ride west to east. Thanks
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:26 AM   #84
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Great RR

I'm loving your write up! Very inspiring! Can't wait for the next installment!
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:14 AM   #85
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Hotmamaandme, D-Stluz and Mastercylinder thanks for joining in.

I am going to take a short break right now and hopefully one or two of my compadre's will contribute some of their prospective of the ride up to this point.

I need to see if I can run down some of the guys to get more video; as you may recall I mentioned a lot of my video in another camera got corrupted , I did get some sand in it. Real bummer as I had some pretty cool stuff including numerous water crossings... a few alkaline and sand wash get off's


I know Coolsen (Craig) is following along. He just finished writing an EXCELLENT article on the whole Nevada PE trail from a historical prospective I believe he gave a link to it a couple post's back.


I'm taking a short break it's sunny and beautiful outside.
So, keep checking in it's not over.

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Old 06-05-2013, 04:08 PM   #86
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Love the music in the video. I have seen R&G a couple of times in concert. It is however Rodrigo Y Gabriela, not Graberia...

Keep calm and charge on!

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Old 06-05-2013, 06:57 PM   #87
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Love the music in the video. I have seen R&G a couple of times in concert. It is however Rodrigo Y Gabriela, not Graberia...

Keep calm and charge on!

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Thank you but it's done. I stand corrected. They are an awesome duo!


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Old 06-05-2013, 06:59 PM   #88
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I have friend who promotes Endurance horse race on PX every few years. Two years ago, I rode a lot of it to check GPS tracs and gates in front of horses for him.

I have complete GPS tracks for Nevada on GPSXchange.com I have bypasses for all gates.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:15 PM   #89
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Tony, I just returned from this ride May 20-27 4 days on the PE the rest to and from.
Well, I guess u don't procrastinate when it comes to writing like normal people.
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:23 AM   #90
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Wonderful ride report Sam, we're heading out in August to ride the Heart of the West route. Your report only heightens the excitement.
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