Riders Brave Elements During Historic Trek

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

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The Hashknife Pony Express galloped into Christopher Creek for their 47th ride. It doesn't matter how many times you watch this; it is always exciting.

On their ride down from Holbrook the riders exchanged mailbags in front of Creekside Steakhouse. One rider comes in at full speed down old Highway 260 to hand off the leather bag to another rider who is waiting on the road. Without a mistake they manage to pull it off while one-rider hands off to another without stopping.

Residents stand around with cameras to catch this historic exchange.

All you hear is the clopping of horse hoofs as rider Garry Cooper and his horse Red Eagle take over the mailbag from rider Tom Hill who came down at an amazing rate of speed.

They then headed for Tall Pines post office in Christopher Creek where a large crowd of people waited to get an autograph or two. They then head into the Payson post office with the mail.

This year they had to brave the extreme cold due to the heavy winds.

I am sure that was hard on the riders, but like the saying goes, whether sleet, rain or snow, the mail goes through, and it did on this Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005 in Christopher Creek. Good job guys.

Don't forget to come out to the Third Annual Chili Cook Off, which will take place at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Landmark. Judging begins at 2 p.m. There will be prizes for first, second and third place. Call (928) 478-4472 for details.

The Shellathon begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, when Kevin Mystrom the owner of the Landmark climbs up on the roof to live for 100 frigid hours, ending at noon, Saturday, Feb. 12 when Kevin comes down.

Call or stop by the Landmark to make a pledge for each hour he stays up there. This is the first event to start the community Shellathon, a benefit to help with expenses for Shelly Hansen, a local resident fighting liver cancer.

The Shellathon continues at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 with a bake sale. Other events of the day include a silent auction and raffle, rummage sale, DJ music all day and a chance to take a sledge hammer at Rodney's car. All money raised during this event goes directly to the Hansen family.

If you can bake, give me a call at (928) 478-4519. If you have anything to donate to the rummage sale call Diane Davis at (928) 478-4250 and she will pick it up if you can't come out.

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