The Pony Express Re-Ride landed in Woodfords 10 minutes early as California riders turned the mochila over to Nevadans.
Genoan Deby O’Gorman saddled up and rode with the wind, which was picking up this morning.
The ride out of Woodfords is O’Gorman’s first for the day. She will lead a riderless horse from South Curry Street in Carson City in honor of rider Sandy Blair, a board member who died since the last ride.
O’Gorman said she will also shadow veteran rider Bob Moore on his way into the Capital, where he will be greeted by Stateline resident Lt. Gov. Brian Kroliki and other officials in honor of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial.
California rider George Davis of Elverta took two legs of the ride from Sacramento to Woodfords. He said the midnight ride through the Sierra was helped by a waxing moon and a lack of trees.
“It was beautiful,” he said. “I didn’t have to use a flashlight.”
He observed that in the forest, where the moon is obscured by trees, the riding is more challenging.
The rider is scheduled to arrive in Genoa by noon and at the St. Charles Hotel in Carson City at 2 p.m.