Pony Express Re-ride Comes Through Town
Watch the Pony Express ride again!
On Wednesday, June 20 the Pony Express Re-Ride will ride through Gering. At approximately 10:30 they will exchange horses at the monument. Be here to witness this reenactment and have a chance to talk to a few of the riders.
On display at the monument is one of the mochilas that held the mail. Unlike a regular saddlebag, a mochila covers the whole saddle and has four compartments for the mail. The rider would pull the mochila off as soon as he dismounted and put it on the saddle of his fresh horse and away he went.
The modern re-ride happens once a year and switches direction each time. This year they are riding west to east and the first rider left Sacramento, California on June 13. It will be 10 days of 24 hour riding before the mail reaches St. Joseph, Missouri.
Did You Know?
Originally the road to the summit did not have a center line painted on it. Instead a buzz strip was made to alert drivers by sound and vibration that they were about to drift into the other lane.