NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP-TV The Pony Express Re-Ride has entered its third day. Together more than 600 volunteers are helping re-trace the 1,900 mile historic trail.
Members of the National Pony Express Association gather south of Gothenburg to exchange the symbolic mochila during the third day of the Pony Express Re-Ride. (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)
Each rider takes turns exchanging the symbolic mochila, which contains one thousand letters.
"Well for me it is quite a marathon because I am gone from home for 15 days in order to do this, but it brings a lot of families together," said National Pony Express Association President Dean Atkin. "We have a lot of family participation, especially here in Nebraska."
The re-ride is in its 41st year. Atkins says interest from the public has grown over the past three years thanks to the internet and social media.
"It's worthwhile anytime you can keep our heritage and interest in our history," Atkins said. "Of course, our purpose for the Pony Express is to mark the trail and keep the history alive through a partnership with the National Park Service and the historic trails. We are able to sign the trail with the help and funding from the park service."
Ashlyn Johnson is participating with her horse, Niña Bonita, for the third time.
"It's been in my family and my grandpa is the president of the association here in Nebraska," Johnson said. "I've just always enjoyed horses. It gives me a chance to bring my horses out to get experience."
The re-ride ends in Sacramento on June 20th.
If you would like to send a letter for next year's re-ride or to follow the re-enactment in real-time go to the Pony Express Association's website.