The annual Pony Express "re-ride" kicked off today at 10 a.m. from the Pony Express Plaza in Old Sacramento. Riders on the trip will carry the precious "mochila," or mail pouch, filled with commemorative letters to be mailed at the end of the trail in St. Joseph, Mo. The ride will last for ten days, spanning 1,966 miles through eight states.
Each rider or set of riders will travel an average of three miles, at the end of which they will pass off the "mochila" to the next rider. The nonstop journey continues day and night, imitating the original Pony Express riders of 1860 and 1861. California riders take on the most dangerous and difficult part of the route through the Sierra, but that does not stop them from delivering the mail.
The modern re-ride honors the colorful history of the Pony Express and the courage of its young employees, each of whom rode 100 to 120 miles without resting before passing on the mail pouch to the next rider.
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