Tates Great Pony Express Adventure 2002
Children's Author Rides The "Old West"
CITY, NV It was a weekend of Pony Express Trail riding and
meeting new fans for Nikki Tate, author of Jos Triumph (Orca
It has been a week since Nikk started her trek across Nevada, beginning
in Ely, visiting schools and riding parts of the trail that the
fictional "Jo" rode in the novel.
Nikki visited students at R.H. Gallagher Elementary school in historical
Virginia City, built on the side of a mountain in the Sierra Nevadas.
The mining town was the subject of many of famed author Mark Twains
accounts of life in the Old West.
looked very much a part of the setting Saturday when she walked
up the street in her Pony Express uniform to the Mark Twain Bookstore.
There, amongst the volumes of Mark Twain, and rare, old books, she
met fans and introduced her novels to passers-by who were delighted
to hear about Nikkis adventures in Nevada.
was based for the weekend at the Royer Ranch in Dayton, conveniently
situated near the Trail between Fort Churchill and Virginia City.
She was accompanied on her rides by Debi Royer whose family, the
Ryans, have been involved with Pony Express activities for over
20 years. They regularly take part in the annual Pony Express re-ride
which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.
Nikki will visit Gardnerville Elementary School where she will deliver
letters from Canadian school children, Pony Express style, to students
at the school and pick up the mail to deliver back in her home province
of British Columbia. She will be visiting several schools in the
Reno and Sparks areas throughout the week, and on Saturday will
participate in the Great Basin Book Festival in Reno where her activities
will include being part of a panel discussion on childrens
Nikki Tate's Pony Express Adventure on her website at www.stablemates.net.
PONY EXPRESS 2002 SPONSORS:
Books (Victoria, BC) Clearsilver Media (Victoria, BC) Horse Council
BC (Aldergrove, BC) Leisure Time Rentals (Victoria, BC) Orca Book
Publishers (Victoria, BC) Scrapbook Parade (Victoria, BC) Sono Nis
Press (Winlaw, BC) Theatre Row Auto Sales (Victoria, BC) Karl Schutz