Utards- Pony Express on Sat, 4/26

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by SkiFastBadly, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. ILuvUMan

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    I think Vernon is a little farther than 5 miles, (edit) it's 13.2 miles, see reference below. Yes, that is a good option, if gas is critical and I agree that is a charming joint.

    I guess, I just always assume everyone is coming from the North (Tooele, Stockton) or East (Cedar Fort).

    Edit: Here's a website I found. It's 13.2 miles between Faust and Vernon. Scroll to the bottom of the page and it will show miles to nearest towns close to Vernon.
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.c...d=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&source=www.google.com
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  3. cruiseroutfit

    cruiseroutfit Been here awhile

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    Your link also shows Vernon 7.2 miles away from Vernon Reservoir ;)

    I can assure you its just about 5 miles from the PET turnoff to the Silver Sage gas station in Vernon. There is also road that then leaves west from Vernon and intersects the PET just before you start the climb up to Lookout Pass if your looking to avoid back tracking.

    The actual Pony Express Station and route are a bit south of the current route and monument, with the actual site of the Faust/Rush Valley now resting on private property thus the reason the monument is a bit off.

    That is a great article, thanks for sharing. If your looking to do more reading on the PET this link may be of interest:
    http://www.expeditionutah.com/featured-trails/pony-express-trail/
    (Utah Section: http://www.expeditionutah.com/featured-trails/pony-express-trail/utah-pony-express-stations/)
  4. ILuvUMan

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    I've ridden it many times, you could be right. I'll have to check my odo next time. Maybe Vernon is down one of those hills and not on the highway. Kind of like Faust, which is about 1/2 mile off highway 36. So how far is it from Vernon to Vernon Reservoir? I've never been to the Reservoir.

    I've got a Wee-Strom so I have like a half tank of gas when I hit Wendover after riding the PET, thus gas has never been a problem for me.

    :thumb Thanks for those articles very interesting.
  5. cruiseroutfit

    cruiseroutfit Been here awhile

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    From your link, Vernon Reservoir to Vernon proper, 7.2 miles. Vernon Reservoir to Faust proper, 13.2 miles. You do the math but you'll quickly land at 6 :D Which is a tad more than AllTopo and my GPS tracks which show it as ~5.1 from the gas station to the PET turnoff which is just south of Faust proper ;)

    The Silver Sage gas station in Vernon is about 10 feet off of SR36. From time to time the grill is running, its worth a food stop then too :D

    Gotcha, we are working on some 4x4 & baja car tours through that area and have to really nail down the logistics... many of our customers and some of the cars have limited fuel ranges thus we have to really clarify the logistics. When Ibapah is out of fuel we had to have a chase truck meet us there to gas up the rigs.

    No problem, we are working on quite a few other Utah trails too.
  6. Old Jeeper

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    I was on the stretch from Faust to Simpson Springs last Saturday (5-14). It was super dusty till the afternoon rains came in. Then it was muddy. I'm begining to think there's only two seasons out there, muddy or dusty. Really hard to hit it when when it's neither.
  7. ILuvUMan

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    If it's dusty, try and go when it's windy. Makes for a lot better ride (reasonable gap between riders) if your not eating dust (unless in the lead) for over 100 miles. :lol3
  8. Old Jeeper

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    Yeah, that's what I usually do.
  9. ScottG

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    I'm heading out this afternoon to ride the PET if the weather starts to clear up? I'll head out west and cut down to Topaz Valley for the night then back up to the PET Saturday morning to finish the trip. Anyone else want to join me give me call. I know it's short notice but always worth a try. ateohwon-treeatewon-forforwontree.
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    My fate got sealed this morning. We've received so much heavy snow that I had a hard time getting my truck out this morning. Broke my last sheer pin for the snowblower. Trees are down in the road and my chainsaw is torn apart in the shed. The bike isn't going anywhere for a little while. -al :pissed

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  11. ScottG

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    I left Friday around 3pm and made my way to Five Mile to start my ride along the PET. Weather was clearing from all the rain we had during the week. I was hoping for good rodes with minimal dust and/or mud, and that's exactly what I got. Conditions were excellent. I did get rained on breifly just before I got to Simpson Springs Station, but nothing too bad. I took a detour down South to Topaz Valley where I camped for the night. Then back to the PET in the morning. The stretch from Wendover back to SLC on I-80 wasn't as bad as I imagined. Total milege according to my GPS was 401 miles.(GPS was acting up a bit, so I could be off a little) Enjoy the photos.
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    Yesterday was one of those days where Silver Sage was out of fuel. They have been out since Friday and hope to have more by Monday. I asked how often they ran out, and they said it isn't too often, but when they do get low, it seems as if they are not the highest priority to get filled up again. I had enough fuel where it wasn't an issue. Other bike riders there were hopeful of making it to the next stop though.

    I did have a late lunch there. I made the mistake of sitting at the counter where I could see everything that went on in the kitchen. I won't go into details, but it was quite reminiscent of the food handling practices that I saw go on in the back alleys in China. Sanitation and safe (by U.S. standards) food handling isn't a priority. It has been over 24 hours, and I'm still feeling fine. I'll not dine there again, and I still can't believe I went through with it yesterday.

    Very nice people there though.
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    As they say, "great minds think alike"...or so it seems. I compliment you, Scott, for your optimism.

    I waited until Sat morn to verify that the sun would shine. I, too, headed out on the PET. Not so much for the PET as that I want to explore more of that area & the PET is a good path. I really wanted to go thru Cherry Creek but it looked way too white n muddy so I stayed on the low lands. I went out thru Stockton for a last gas top off, picked up the PET at Faust & headed west.

    Stopped to check out this marker ...

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    I rode to near Fish Springs & turned south. This was a road I had not been on before. Quite a few old mine in this area. One of the better tipples...

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    Stopped at Topaz mtn for lunch. Sat up on a hill with this view toward Delta. Love the desert with these cloud patterns...

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    I wasn't in the mood to ride to Wendover & return on the slab so my plan was to loop back on dirt. I would have loved to ride up Cherry Cheek but with the snow being so low I decided to cut back to the PET on another road...

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    Gas is always a risk in the desert so I always carry reserve. I have never needed it but I feel better. I hit Lehi at 210 miles on the tank & still not sputtering. 5.1 gal = 40 mpg....pretty typical for the BADB.

    Nice ride! I plan to return as soon as the weather breaks. Much to see...:D
  14. ScottG

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    Harcus too bad we missed each other out there. Does this place look familiar?
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    I must have missed posting that picture with my original report.
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    Scott:

    Nice new bike. :clap Nice out there isn't it? Great pictures. :thumb
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    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    Nice links on the route..........haven't seen it put together that way before....instructions? :ear
  18. harcus

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    That route was on my "To Do" list. If the weather ever breaks...:D
  19. ILuvUMan

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    That would be a heck of a ride. Never done that Transcontinental ride B4. Have done PET many times, but just the opposite direction (East to West). That kind of tricky finding that turnoff road to Gold Hill. I don't recall it being marked. If you have GPS (looks like that's what you used), you'd be good to go.

    Let us know details.
  20. Old Jeeper

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    Not too tricky. Turn at the garbage can. (And there is a sign).