Wednesday June 8th and we cross the Green River on the bridge that I camped under the previous night.
From here we had to tackle a twenty-four mile stretch of remote and waterless country, following the Oregon/Pony Express Trail to Granger. I was not particularly concerned about this as the weather was relatively cool, (in endurance events when horses are covering ground fast in average weather conditions, they rarely drink before thirty miles) but Andy kindly offered to bring some water out for the horses if he had time.
Grassy camp spot on 'Annie's land' (now owned by Granger town) by the Black Forks river in Granger.
You can just see the horses on the right near the river, while my tent is tucked in under the trees on the left. The only restaurant in town was closed, but by coincidence I got talking to a friendly woman who turned out to be Annie herself, and she drove me over to 'Little America' service area to get something to eat, and I charged my batteries in the town leisure centre.
This unassuming sign stuck onto a wire fence in Granger was to salute the achievement of George Wyman who was the first person to cross America, not as I first thought on a bicycle....Thomas Stevens who was the first person to cycle round the world, and whose descendant I met on the road in Missouri.
Sunset in Granger....
About fifteen miles from Granger along the Oregon/Pony Express trail we came to Church Butte, another important landmark....
I sheltered from the sun and wind under the small tree, and the horses grazed along the river bank which was lined with lush grass. A couple of guys with metal detectors turned up who told me there had also been an army camp here during the Mormon war. Somewhere between here and Lyman we would have passed the site of Millersville Pony Express station of which there is nothing left. Burton describes it as a clean and comfortable ranch run by a Mormon couple.
Sheep on the road nearing Lyman...
..which turned out to be like an oasis in the sage brush desert, with leafy trees and lush grass.
This break gave me a chance to charge my batteries again (physical, mental and electronic), plan my next few stops and organise a vet inspection for the horses' Utah health certificates.
Kendall serves up a historic fluffy German pancake for breakfast!
...and the antelope steak for supper was pretty awesome as well.