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June 24, 2013
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Pony Express reported at Railroad Pass

Nevada Pony Express riders are ahead of schedule this afternoon as they passed Cold Springs and are on their way to Middlegate about 40 miles east of Fallon.

The last report from the trail at 1:03 p.m. Tuesday said the rider was halfway between Cold Springs and Middlegate.

The rider was scheduled to be at Cold Springs at 1 p.m., so the rider is ahead of schedule, making up substantial time lost before the annual re-ride arrived in Nevada.

The next scheduled stop along the ride is 5:30 p.m. at Sand Springs, at the turnoff for Sand Mountain east of Fallon. Riders will continue through tonight, arriving at Fort Churchill State Park at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday at their current pace, and arriving in downtown Carson City at 6 a.m.

While specific times are often irrelevant when dealing with the Pony Express, a schedule and list of riders has been released for the Douglas County portion of the ride.

Rider Debbie O’Gorman will bring the mochila into the county after picking it up at around 6:30 a.m.

The first stop in Douglas County is at the Jacks Valley fire station at 7:10 a.m., when Micki Weiss takes up the ride into Genoa.

Veteran rider Bob Moore said the ride is expected to arrive in Genoa at 8:15 a.m., but cautioned that time could be off by two hours either way.

From Genoa, longtime rider Mike Murphy will take the mochila to the base of Kingsbury Grade, handing it off to Marv Davis for the ride up the grade, where Carl Malkmus will take over at the halfway point.

Rider Debbie Royer and Moore will pick up the mochila at Tramway and ride it to Stateline where California will make the final leg of the journey to Sacramento.

Moore, 89, who first made the ride when the Pony Express was revived in 1978, said he believes this may be his last.

To track the riders call the Pony Express Hotline, which is updated by radio operators of Churchill County Communication, at 855-809-8589.

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The Record Courier Updated Jun 25, 2013 06:47PM Published Jun 24, 2013 01:58PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.