August 1, 2014
Filed Under North Tahoe Events
Every June the National Pony Express Association conducts an annual re-ride of the historic 1,800 mile Pony Express Trail. Each year more than 600 equestrians ride the original route from St. Joseph, MO to Sacramento, CA carrying mail along the trail.
On Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Grass Lake trailhead, located off of Hwy 89 in Meyers, CA near Big Meadow visitors, residents and Tahoe Rim Trail Challengers are invited to join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for a fun trail event centered around the Pony Express and the trail’s historic claim to the Sierra and the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT).
“Adults are keen to meet our equestrian friends and learn more on the Tahoe Rim Trail, and kids love feeding carrots to our horses,” shares Keller, a member of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) Board of Directors. “Come out to meet us on the trail on Saturday, Aug. 9. This is such a fun photo opportunity and recreation event with a historic twist for friends and families.”
Ranked among the most remarkable feats of the American West, the Pony Express was in service from April 1860 to November 1861. Its primary mission was to deliver mail and news between St. Joseph, MO and San Francisco, CA. Telegrams and letters were carried in a “mochila,” the Spanish word for knapsack. Keller and her friends from the National Pony Express Association will have a mochila used in the Pone Express re-ride on the trail. While other riders carried mail by horseback, it was the mochila, easily transferrable from one horse to another, that made the Pony Express unique. Since the riders had just two minutes to exchange horses, the mochila design allowed for easy and quick removal and placement on a fresh horse at remount stations, was used. The rider’s weight kept the mochila in place during the rugged rides.
Tahoe Rim Trail Association board, staff and volunteers will be stationed at both the Grass Lake trailhead and along this section of the TRT from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ready to meet the public. This event also runs in conjunction with the 2014 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge, “Where’s McLeod? Summer Giveaway Series.” Participants of the challenge who come to the event wearing a Trail Challenge T-shirt are eligible to receive a free gift certificate from our program sponsor Coffeebar and photo opportunities with trail mascot, McLeod the Marmot.