Thank you Sand was a problem but the mud was worse. Thank you. I'm always always open to ideas that are based upon history. I got an idea from another about following Kit Carson's travels with John Fremont. A couple years ago I was in Taos NM and when through his house/museum and bought a biography of his. He traveled all over the west and had a fascinating life. Because of that book I read Fremonts Bio. That idea intrigues me. Thank you for the comments. The terrain in so much of the route is wide open and I think amazing. I just read Twain's "Roughing It". Twain brother Orion was opinted by Lincoln to be secretary of the Nevada Territory. Sam went with Orion in a stagecoach to be his personal secretary. Twain wrote about the trip went in the book "Roughing it". In the book, he mentions what a trill it was to see the pony rider from the window of the stage.