Reports From the Trail
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FROM: Susan Gerrard
The riders are south of Evanston, Wyoming.
FROM: Sue Cauhape KI7CTT
Jeff Cauhape K7BCV, Sue Cauhape KI7CTT, Justin Nunn KI7CGJ, and Mary Nunn KI7CGI followed the Pony section that went from Cold Springs to Railroad Pass over Basque Summit of the Desatoya Range. Jeff was looking forward to not having to set up camp and a station on some blustery mountaintop. Justin and Mary wanted to learn what was involved in following the Pony so they could participate next year. In this canyon, cell phone as well as radio signals are intermittent. We used the 147.345 repeater in Fallon (thank you, Continue Reading
FROM: Bob Heykoop
“RIDE FOR THE BRAND!! What an honor to get to participate in a slice of American History this past week. From 1860 -1861 the US Mail was carried between St Joseph MO & Sacramento CA by the PONY EXPRESS. Each year in June over 750 riders, riding 24/7, participate in the re-ride carrying the mail 1966 miles in 10 days. The NPEA is a world class organization that has coordinated the re-ride for 40 years. A big thank you to Les Bennington, Ron & Kathy L. Atkinson, Kristine Salisbury Hayduk,, Continue Reading
FROM: Dean Atkin
FROM: George Pettigrew
The Buffalo Soldiers greeted the final Pony Express riders following a 1667 mile mail delivery from Sacramento, California to St. Joseph, Missouri. A thousand letters were delivered to the Patee House pony express station on the 40th anniversary of this historic reride. The Alexander/Madison Chapter of the Kansas City Buffalo Soldiers was proud to welcome the final riders of the historic Pony Express Re-Ride 2018. The Alexander/Madison Chapter of the Kansas City Buffalo Soldiers was proud to welcome the final riders of the historic Pony Express Re-Ride 2018. The, Continue Reading
FROM: Melva Sanner
Last leg of the Kansas ride. Started the ride way behind schedule and hotter than H. Will finish up just a few minutes behind schedule, raining and 75 degrees. Good ride!!!!
FROM: Cathy Stevens
Due to heat & humidity the mail was late getting to Cozad. PE riders had time to visit & reconnect with each other. Then as Team Captain Mitch Ziebell swears us in, the full moon created a special moment s you look around and see your friends faces highlighted! Then Dee & Breyer start us off, running past a skunk in the ditch in the first mile. Shoestring lights on the back of their trailer worked as their guide. Cathy & BlackJack rode next at a nice trot, no wildlife., Continue Reading
FROM: Mark Hartman
Exchange with Wyoming riders @ 2:43 p.m. on 6/27/18 went smoothly. Our group of 12 riders continued to make good time without incident getting to exchange with next group in Bridgeport @ 8:54 p.m.!
FROM: Lee Hofer
2018 xp ride with Windy and month old BobCat
FROM: Gwyneth Talley
Gwyneth & Betty Talley (2018) Receiving her 10 year anniversary patch, 2018 On the ride, near Hebron, NE (2018) On the trail, near Hebron, NE (2018)
Recent Status Updates
FROM: Dean Atkin - National Pony Express Association President
SENT: June 30th, 2018 | 7:41pm PST
STATUS: The 2018 Pony Express Re-ride arrived at the Patee House in St. Joseph, MO at 8:45pm CDT to a good crowd despite the weather! Congratulations to all the riders and for everyone's support! Go Pony 2019!
FROM: National President Dean Atkin via phone.
SENT: June 30th, 2018 | 7:27pm PST
STATUS: After catching up the lost time, the Pony was held up by a severe thunderstorm with lightening near Elwood, Kansas near the Missouri River. The Kansas rider handed the mail over to the Missouri rider at the Pony Express Bridge which spans the river between Kansas and Missouri at 8:00 pm CDT.
FROM: SPOT Tracker
SENT: June 30th, 2018 | 12:56pm PST
STATUS: As of 2:50pm CDT, the Pony has made the exchange in Horton, KS. The mail is approximately 40 minutes behind schedule
FROM: Spot tracker
SENT: June 30th, 2018 | 11:37am PST
STATUS: The Pony just arrived at Hwy 75 (Sac & Fox) at 1:30 pm CDT. The mail is only 1 hour behind schedule.
FROM: David Kittle & Dean Atkin (phone)
SENT: June 30th, 2018 | 9:15am PST
STATUS: On June 30 at 10:50 AM CDT the Pony was at the Koch & Co. on the west side of Seneca, KS. The Pony is running about one (1) hour and 50 minutes behind schedule.