the first pony express carried a presidential message to California in 17 days. But the Temple of the day was faster, always faster. In 1860 the central Overland company was formed in a route was established along the central trail with 200 relay stations and 80 riders. And the pony express writing day and night in son and storm across the prairie and the mountains in 10 days to California William Cody as a boy became a famous writer with a record pride of 400 miles. The usual relay for men was 60 miles, four horses 15. At first the letter rate was five dollars but soon became two dollars, and only one letter pouch was lost. One speeding writer was caught by a faster arrow and fell in the sage but the horse continued his run in the mail went on.