SIDNEY, NE — An annual trek to remember the history of the Pony Express is underway and nearing the Cornhusker state.
The 2021 Pony Express re-ride got underway on June 16, in Sacramento, Calif. On Monday, June 21, the riders arrived at the Utah/Wyoming border.
Now just over a day later, the rider is nearing Wyoming/Nebraska state line. As of Tuesday afternoon, the rider was nearing Ft. Casper.
Riders are set to enter Nebraska at Lyman Wednesday afternoon. They will continue east past the Scottsbluff National Monument, Chimney Rock and into Bridgeport at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
In the early morning hours of Thursday, riders at the Highway 385/Highway 30 junction near Sidney. He will arrive in Chappell around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.
After dipping in to Colorado they will re-enter Nebraska at Big Springs. The riders will then work their east across the state before entering into Kansas Friday night.
The last rider in the chain will then arrive at the final destination of St. Joseph, Mo. Saturday, June 26.
600 riders are participating and riding in 1-5 mile relays. The journey takes 10, 24-hour-long days of riding to complete. To follow the route, click here.
2020's Pony Express re-ride was canceled due to COVID-19.