The National Pony Express Re-Ride is an annual re-enactment of mail delivery between Sacramento, California to St. Joseph, Missouri by horseback. A mail pouch called a Mochilla is passed from rider to rider in a relay crossing eight states in ten days, the same length of time that the original Pony Express ran in 1860.
The Pony Express is ranked among the most remarkable feats to come out of the 1860 American West and was in service from April 1860 to November 1861. Its primary mission was to deliver mail and news across 1966 miles of the then untamed west, chased by Indians and braving uncertain weather they rode night and day. Today the National Pony Express Association (NPEA) is dedicated to preserving this great undertaking by marking the route, maintaining trails, re-enacting the ride and providing educational events supporting this important part of American History. The annual re-ride is normally held in June every year.
The re-ride normally takes place within the first two weeks of June, and coincides with the full moon so night riders have moonlight to light their way. The re-ride alternates from east to west and west to east each year. For 2013, the mail will travel west.
For more information and to find a ride schedule for when the riders will be passing through your town go to http://xphomestation.com and also check out the California Division Newsletter for local events. The map at the upper right shows the actual route used by today's riders.