Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Biking Trip

From: Neil Sardinas

Years ago, I read Nothing Like It In The World by Stephen Ambrose. In February 2002 I wrote to asking questions about biking along the CPRR. ... After years of thinking about it, I have registered for a group bicycle trip from San Francisco to Maine that starts in June. The bike tour has a set route and prearranged daily lodging. A portion of the route goes from Sacramento to Salt Lake City some of it on the shoulder of I-80. The tour has nothing to do with railroad history but for me it is an opportunity to go on a bike hike and see some of the transcontinental railroad. Could you point out any CPRR highlights along my route that I could possibly see from the road or explore? I will be on a road bicycle not a mountain bike.

Mon June 6 Sacramento, CA
Tue June 7 Auburn, CA
Wed June 8 Truckee, CA
Thu June 9 Sparks, NV
Fri June 10 Lovelock, NV
Sat June 11 Winnemucca, NV
Sun June 12 Battle Mt., NV
Mon June 13 Elko, NV
Tue June 14 Wendover, UT
Wed June 15 Salt Lake City, UT

I am aware of the close proximity of the road to Summit Tunnel so I plan on exploring that area in the afternoon of June 8th. I also understand that portions of the current UP line have been realigned from the original CPRR line. Is the original CPRR line visible from the road? I plan to visit Golden Spike National Historic Park in Utah on our rest day on June 16th.

Thank you for any ideas,

Neil Sardiñas
King of Prussia, PA

P.S. Do you know the map coordinates of the former Secret Town Trestle and the compass direction of the [linked] view?