Pony Express re-riders made short work of Carson Valley arriving 90 minutes early and riding on before 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday.
“They should call Nevada the ‘pick-up state,’” said Genoa resident Deby O’Gorman after her ride from Fuji Park to the Jacks Valley Fire Station on the back of her appaloosa mustang Monk.
She arrived at 6 a.m., just 22 minutes after leaving Carson, to turn the mochila containing the ride’s letters over to Reno resident Nicky Weiss, riding Spirit, a wild mustang adopted from the BLM.
Weiss made the ride to the entrance of the Genoa Lakes Resort Course by 6:15 a.m., turning the mail over to Mike Murphy, who took 30 minutes getting to Genoa at 6:45 a.m.
By 9:46 a.m. Wednesday the mail was clear of Nevada delivered by rider Bob Moore, 80, who has participated in the ride since 1978.
Moore and Debbie Moyer made the last part of the Nevada ride from Tramway to Stateline, delivering the mail 90 minutes early to the first California rider.
The mail arrived safely in Old Sacramento at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Nevada riders made up more than four hours time as they crossed the state. They picked up speed crossing Eureka County.
Only a handful of people made it to Nevada’s oldest settlement to watch the transfer. Genoa, Ill., residents Barry and Kay Schrader were in Gardnerville visiting Joyce Wensmann.
Barry Schrader is a columnist for the Daily Chronicle in Illinois and said the ride would be fodder for his column next week.
Kay Schrader and Wensmann were high school classmates in 1960.
The annual re-ride left St. Joseph, Mo., on June 17, riding 1,966 miles through Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada before reaching their destination in Old Sacramento.
An estimated 750 riders participated in the ride this year.
The re-ride recalls the original Pony Express which operated from April 3, 1860, to Oct. 24, 1861, when it was made obsolete by the completion of the transcontinental telegraph.
The old trail passes through Carson Valley near what is now Jacks Valley Road.
Next year’s ride will start in Sacramento and head east to St. Joseph.