Reports from the Trail: Stories
FROM: John Chaney
Photos from Casper, Wyoming Susan Apel leaving Fort Caspar Wyoming. Les Bennington coming into the Casper Wyoming Interpretive Center. Liddy and John Chaney west of Casper Wyoming.
FROM: Jim Hannah, Nevada, Ride Captain
Although the weather was dicey both the day and night before, we got the mail right outside of Austin under soon to be clear skies. We were blessed with good weather, uphill but regular terrain, excellent support and even better riders and mounts. We ran a smooth fast leg with very little trouble and helped put the mail back on time at Smith Creek Ranch. We were able to cut the allotted time on our 30-ish mile section by an hour and ten minutes. Our horses and riders were Jimmy, Continue Reading
FROM: Laura Beeman, California NPEA
Report from the Trail (Kyburz Dump to Wire Gate) Knowing we would be riding in daylight this year allowed my riding partner Sheree Harrington and me to choose a more technical portion of the XP Trail through El Dorado National Forest. We were assigned the 4.2 mile stretch from Kyburz Dump to Wire Gate and allotted 65 minutes to complete this fairly advanced stretch of mountain terrain. After a great BBQ dinner of tri-tip and chicken with all the fixings, prepared by Donnie “Cookie” Harrington, we were tacked up and, Continue Reading
FROM: Petra Keller, Nevada NPEA
My fourth year participating in the reride and what fun we had in 3 very diverse sections of trail across NV and CA. The first section was with Ride Captain Doug Jares – April Carlson(1st time rider) riding my filly Tiara Nevada (T) received the mail at the ‘white house’. We heard the incoming rider Corey Jares ‘hoot’ through the willows announcing his arrival – a swift exchange between the two and off we went. At the first cattle guard we came across we opened the gate and choose to, Continue Reading
FROM: Larry Carpenter, California Division Member.
The last Rider arrived in Pony Express Plaza, Old Sacramento, California, at 10:30 AM, June 27, 2013—On Scheduled Time. He was Escorted by a color guard of California Riders. The mochila which started at the Patee House in St Joseph, Missouri, on June 17th was 10 days on the trail. His was welcomed by an appreciative crowd at 2nd and J St in front of the Pony Rider Monument. I introduced Jeff Lelevich, Sacramento Postmaster, who gave Welcoming Remarks from a historical perspective. Jim Swigart, NPEA National President then gave, Continue Reading
FROM: Ron Bell, Nevada NPEA
Report Sand Mountain to Top Gun Sandy Blair started our section riding Tango; Tango is Larry McPherson’s horse. He would have ridden her this year if his health had permitted. Sandy and Tango covered the first two mile section. Tango had a little problem getting started but after a bit cantered along just fine. Anne Martins picked up the mail from Sandy, riding Sam, her Mustang. With a fast exchange Anne was up galloping down the trail. I followed along for a bit then moved on past to get to, Continue Reading
FROM: Wendy Anderson, Schellbourne Re-riders Pony Express
Hello, fellow Pony Riders, well we have all done it once again. Hope it was a great experience for everyone involved. Our group of 21 riders was scheduled to pick up the mail at 11:30 p.m. Nevada time, it was a few hours late. Shortly before 4:00 a.m. we took off down the trail. Our riders were all lined out clear to Tippets Flat. In the lead, we had our Nevada State President, Arthur Johnson lighting the way for us on his 4-wheeler. It was a huge help in making, Continue Reading
FROM: Larry Carpenter, California Division Member
Greetings from Eldorado County. I have left the Ride for the Day. Time to head home and check my Emails and the Web, and prepare for the Arrival Ceremony in Old Sacramento. I noticed the Banner on the Ride Web Page…..Rider arrived Kyburz Dump 4:42- Departed 4:44. The site is off HWY 50 this side of the community of Kyburz. Actually a former Dump buried under landfill from the one of the landslides on the highway, and surrounded by cedars and pines. The north canyon wall overshadows it. A nice, Continue Reading
FROM: Larry Carpenter, California Division Member
Greetings from Lake Tahoe! The mail departed Stateline (California/Nevada border) at 11:30 AM, June 26, On-time. The Outgoing Rider Davey “Doc” Wiser of Placerville, California, was Sworn-In by California Division President Rich Tatman. His Ride is 4.3 miles to Trout Creek via US 50 and Pioneer Trail. About 40 people including Arthur Johnson, Nevada President, NPEA members from Nevada and California, and Tourists witnessed the event. Cool temperatures, scattered clouds, and beautiful Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is the last large body of water the Reride passes. Salt Lake is the, Continue Reading
FROM: Lori Babbage, California NPEA
The Nevada Pony Express rider came rushing into California and met with Pony Express Rider Davey Doc Wiser. The weather was beautiful and great for a nice mountain run. The Mochila was exchanged the rider took the oath and then they were off in a flash.