Reports From the Trail
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FROM: Patsy Lange - Utah Trail Captain team 2
little did I know last winter when I expressed to Mark Jenkins one of my trail Captains that I would like to assist him as a trail captain if he needed me. About two weeks before the re- ride, Mark’s horse stumbles and he ended up breaking his pelvic bone. the other trail captain at the last minute could not get off work this year so he could not assist. Since I had volunteered, guess what, tag – I’m it – the trail Captain this year! I gladly took the, Continue Reading
FROM: Patsy Lange
FROM: Jack Davis
FROM: Cindy Furse
A Pony Express trail report would not be complete without a picture of our awesome Ham radio support squad. All night, patiently driving a little ways behind the pony, their lights helped us miss the big potholes, and see the running jack rabbits! They let everyone know where the pony and mail are, AND just in case, they are our lifeline to quick help from outside. There is NO cell phone service in the desert, but there is Ham! Thank you to all of the Ham operators who support this, Continue Reading
FROM: Cindy Furse
Words fail me. This (the big black) is Tesla, and he LOVES to run. Tesla, his buddy, Hawk (the tall appy), and I ran, yes ran, 12 miles, 6 legs last night. How can I explain the sheer time traveling magic of galloping galloping galloping through the Utah desert, on a fast horse drinking the wind, tears streaming down your cheeks, because yes it is fast, and the cool moon air burns a little…hooves and breath and heart pumping and mochila slapping in rhythm, effortlessly, effortlessly, effortlessly…. starting with, Continue Reading
FROM: Brady Homer
FROM: brady homer
FROM: Patrick Hearty
Utah team 3 was a little short handed, but everyone stepped up and we held our own, delivering the mochila at Simpson Springs right close to 9:30 P.M., just about an hour late. Can’t say enough thanks to Western Wyoming and Utah Team 1 for making up the hours. We had great weather, and a sunset as beautiful as anything the earth has to offer. Gregg Hearty carried the mochila for about 3/4 mile bareback, and Trever Carpenter was clocked as high as 35 mph. Otherwise, pretty smooth sailing. We, Continue Reading
FROM: Myrna Mungo
Not great pics….. But you guys are awesome! I did not know this was a thing. Saw your rider as I left work in Draper and then again walking my dog near the Saratoga Springs crossroads. I will be watching next year. It will be a party to cheer the rider on!
FROM: RANDY THOROUGHMAN
The central area of Wyoming got the mail through to Jeffery City. I loved being with all of the riders. We had some good riders this year. The girls this year were exceptional. Having Rick Alt did not hurt us either. It was fun for all of us. We reached Jeffery City by 6:00 A.M. Took a day to recoup but now I’m back to normal. Abbigail was Abbigail. I saved her for the highway and Martins Cove all in the dark. She gave me everything I asked for. “SPEED, Continue Reading
Recent Status Updates
FROM: HAM KA7UIS, LeRoy
SENT: June 18th, 2019 | 6:15pm PST
STATUS: The Pony was reported leaving Smith Creek Ranch, 13.2 miles West of RailRoad Pass at 5:50p PDT. The Pony is running about 2 hours behind schedule.
FROM: Petra Keller - on the trail in NV
SENT: June 18th, 2019 | 4:08pm PST
STATUS: At 4:06p PDT, the Pony was at Railroad Pass, NV. The mail is running 2 hours behind schedule.
FROM: Sheila C (HAM)
SENT: June 18th, 2019 | 2:58pm PST
STATUS: At 2:30p PDT the Pony is leaving Austin Airport at Highway 722\2.
FROM: Nevada Amateur Radio Station Brian KE7JIO
SENT: June 18th, 2019 | 1:24pm PST
STATUS: At 12:30p PDT, the Pony is reported to be at Grass Valley Road 5 miles East of Austin, NV. The Pony is about 2 hours behind schedule
FROM: HAM George McCulley
SENT: June 18th, 2019 | 12:46pm PST
STATUS: The PONY left Rye Patch Wash @ 11:25 PDT. Approximately 2 hours 20 Minutes LATE.