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CYCLING DUO BACK ON TRACK AFTER 2 HARD DAYS OF RIDING

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Two intrepid Salt Lake-area bicyclists who are pedaling across the 1,936-mile Pony Express Trail from Sacramento, Calif., to St. Joseph, Mo., are back on schedule again after two hard days of riding.

Jay Aldous, Salt Lake City, and Matt DeWaal, Bountiful, hope to arrive in St. Joseph, the eastern terminus of the trail, Friday shortly after noon. If they can do it, they will have negotiated the arduous route in the same 10 days it took horsemen to travel it 128 years ago.By Monday, bad weather, headwinds, rough back roads and mountainous terrain had put the two cyclists behind by nearly 100 miles. Strong tailwinds Tuesday helped the pair pile up their biggest mileage - 300 - before they bedded down for the night in Julesburg, Colo. On Wednesday, they were able to ride 268 miles, experiencing cool, dry weather but fighting stiff crosswinds much of the day.

The riders expect to reach Seneca in northeastern Kansas Thursday night and ride into St. Joseph Friday.

There have been no injuries and both men's spirits are high, they said.