Tates Great Pony Express Adventure 2002
Author Travels Loneliest Road In America
childrens author Nikki Tate started off the first full week
of her Pony Express Adventure by travelling along Nevadas
Hwy. 50, known as the The Loneliest Road in America,
which runs approximately parallel to the historical Pony Express
Trail. Along the way she visited students in the small communities
of Eureka and Austin, both mining communities.
Nikkis presentation in Eureka, the entire elementary school
population of 109 students ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 6
gathered to see her trot up to the school in her Pony Express uniform,
with the mochila (mail bags) filled with her books and other interesting
objects. The incisive questions from even the youngest students
demonstrated the wide appeal of Nikkis latest book, Jos
Triumph (Orca Book Publishers), which is based on the Pony Express.
Many of the questions were also directed to Nikkis 15-year-old
daughter, Dani, who is an accomplished writer in her own right.
advantage of one of the less busy days in her 15-day tour, Nikki
and her support crew had the good fortune to meet local historian
and arts enthusiast Wally Cucchine, who gave them a personal tour
of the towns Opera House, Courtroom and Museum.
visit to Austin also took in the entire elementary school
25 students - where she brought to life the historical events that
occurred very close to their community.
nothing quite like visiting a tiny school where they probably have
never seen an author before said Nikki. Their eyes just
lit up when I talked about their history. If my visit gets them
excited about writing their own stories, how wonderful.
diversion north of the Trail to take in the community of Battle
Mountain garnered Nikkis largest school audience to date at
the Eleanor Lemaire School. Her presentation was especially timely
to the Grade Four students in the audience whose curriculum this
year includes the history of Nevada.
rides the Pony Express Trail again Wednesday between Cold Springs
and Sand Springs after a visit to Winnemucca. Her adventures in
Nevada will culminate at the Great Basin Book Fair in Reno on September
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