The best news of all is that…
Patrick Hearty, my Pony Express Expert, is going to write the Forward for A Long Trail Rolling!
Patrick and Dr. Joseph Hatch wrote a book about the Pony Express Stations in Utah, called…. you guessed it!
(Photo Credit to Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
At the Faust’s monument, which is not where Faust’s actually was, incidentally… :)
This was the start of an epic trip across Utah, over the Pony Express Trail, Patrick, his lovely wife, my son and I!
Simpson’s Station, the restored version… It’s lovely… I think it might be on the cover of A Long Trail Rolling!
The Mustangs… They feature in the story, near Dugway!
Here’s a cool pic of them… you’ll understand why we didn’t get any closer to them… The stallion, if you can see it close up, is battle scarred and proud, clearly the winner of many a fight with other stallions for the mares in his herd.
It was a fantastic day. Will post more pics another time, but just had to share the lovely trip into the mountains…. Patrick, his daughter and I on their favourite mounts…
If you ever get the chance to go over the Utah Pony Express Trail, do it, you’ll not regret it.
There’s even a man, Davy Crockett, yes, Davy Crockett, who runs an ultramarathon (running) over 100 miles of the trail. See his website at http://ponyexpress100.org/
To those of you who have horses and want to be involved, there’s a re-ride, in both directions, every year. You can ride your portion and carry the mochila. Patrick’s sent me a commemorative letter two years running, one in each direction.. One from St Louis and one from San Francisco. Got this one last year… and they even forwarded it to NEW ZEALAND!