For the past few months, I've been busy working on a series with a good friend about the pony express. This month saw the release of my first book in the series. The express lasted an extremely short time, only 19 months of operation. Yet, it captured the hearts and minds of the people then and today.
Who were the men of the express? To be honest, most were mere boys. Young, lanky, kids would have been lighter weight for their horses to carry. The trip of 1,900 miles done is shifts of around changing horses every 10 miles or so.
One of the most famous riders was no other than William F. Cody who rode for the express when he was ony 15 years of age. On one trip, he crossed the territory between Red Buttes Station to Rocky Ridge Station and back, a distance of 322 miles, when his relief rider was found dead. This was one of the most dangerous sections of the entire trail and was completed in 21 hours and 40 minutes. Twenty-one horses were required to complete his ride.
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Be sure to check out Always, Clay on Amazon and ride along with author Reina Torres and myself as we bring adventure and romance to the riders of Three Rivers Station.
Until next time.... Nan