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The Itinerary

The Pony Express

8 - 18 July 2018

Price per person £2,895.00, No Single supplement
Deposit per person £200.00
Air Fares from the UK are included.

With the discovery of gold in California a need for rapid communication between potential investors and vendors produced an early precursor of Federal Express--The Pony Express..  Based on an endless run of riders connecting with relay stations and fresh horses the system was designed to sprint alongside the Oregon and California Trails making the 2000 mile run in just 10 days.  It was a spectacular financial bust and yet few innovations in America captured the imagination and spirit of the Wild West. Today we can retrace significant elements of the route and share the stories of an enterprise that will leave you in awe of the unforgiving landscape and the optimistic execution of the long lonely route.  Ultimately it was defeated by the railroad and telegraph wire.


Itinerary

July 8th:
Depart London Heathrow to Washington Dulles then an internal flight to Kansas City.
Overnight Kansas City.

July 9th:
Bus to the starting point at St. Joseph where you will visit several related museums and the home where Jesse James was murdered.  The day ends at the Pony Express Station in Marysville. 
Overnight Marysville, Kansas.

July 10th:
Travel along the route to North Platte, Nebraska visiting Rock Creek Station and Fort Kearny. We will also see the work of Wild Bill Hickok who shot and killed 3 men along with the site of the Plum Creek Massacre.
Overnight North Platte, Nebraska.

July 11th:
Like the Express our pace is rapid as we head through Colorado and finish Guernsey, Wyoming.  Featured stops include Fort Rankin and sites of attacks conducted during the Civil War by various renegade Indians.  You will photograph geographic landmarks such as Chimney, Jailhouse and Courthouse Rocks.  While enroute to Fort Laramie, our featured stop you will marvel at the timeless ruts cut by Conestoga Wagons along the Oregon Trail.
Overnight Guernsey, Wyoming.

July 12th:
We push on to the mountainous and pretty town of Lander, Wyoming. En route we visit the National Interpretative Trails Museum and Fort Casper.  We will push across the North Platte River to the foot of the great South Pass passage.
Overnight Lander, Wyoming.

July 13th:
Our milestone today is the crossing through South Pass and our split away from the Oregon Trail to move along the California Trail.  It is not an accident that we are along the trails--we will remind you that the Pony Express was designed to do in 10 days what took settlers 3 and 4 months to do.  The trails were known it was about the pace and the logistics of such fast travel.  Fort Bridger and Echo Canyon are featured today.
Overnight Salt Lake City.

July 14th:
We cannot miss the chance to see this modern marvel of the west.  We will head into Salt Lake City and visit the Mormon's Temple Square.  We will then move south to visit Camp Floyd and Faust's Station.  Our westward resumption parallels the Great Salt Lake and the Bonneville Salt Flats--the distilled salt looks like snow as far as you can see.
Overnight Ely, Nevada.

July 15th:
No place is more pristine than the Nevada Basin.  This is perhaps the most sobering day as there are no modern structures just the ruins of abandoned stations.  It is a bone chilling, unyielding waterless region.
Overnight Fallon, Nevada.

July 16th:
The day starts with another old ghost--Fort Churchill.  Troopers from the fort were engaged in the Paiute War which closed the P{only Express Route in May/June 1860.  We will then skirt the scenic Lake Tahoe and cross the Sierra Madres en route to Sacramento where we will tour the Wells Fargo Museum.
Overnight San Francisco.

July 17th:
Morning at leisure before an afternoon direct flight to London.

July 18th:
Arrive London Heathrow early morning.

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