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Pony Express to finish in Scottsdale after riding along state highways

Members of the Hashknife Pony Express greet the crowd. (Source: ADOT) Members of the Hashknife Pony Express greet the crowd. (Source: ADOT)
Pony Express rider on the Feb. 2016 ride. (Source: hashknifeponyexpress.com) Pony Express rider on the Feb. 2016 ride. (Source: hashknifeponyexpress.com)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The 60th annual Hashknife Pony Express rode again along the Arizona state highways, starting in Holbrook on Wednesday and finishing in Scottsdale on Friday.

The riders are expected to reach Old Town Scottsdale at high noon Friday.

Drivers traveling state highways between Holbrook and the East Valley this week may have seen the caravan and the Pony Express re-enactment riders carrying the mail bags along the state highways.

[RELATED: Hashknife Pony Express Riders prepare for their 60th ride]

On Wednesday, riders with the Navajo County Sheriff’s Posse traveled along State Route 77 south of Holbrook to S.R. 377 and S.R. 277 to reach the Heber-Overgaard post office at about 11:30 a.m.

They then traveled along S.R. 260 to the Payson post office, arriving at about 4:45 p.m.

On Thursday, the Hashknife horsemen rode along S.R. 87 from Payson to reach the Fountain Hills post office at about 3 p.m.

The final leg on Friday, from Fort McDowell to Scottsdale, will take them south on S.R. 87 to the Arizona Canal, where riders will head west to end the 200-mile trip at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.

Law enforcement officers will provide a safety escort for the riders, who will hand off the mailbags every mile of the relay route. The riders will travel along the edge of the highway or shoulder.

Officials with the Arizona Department of Transportation want to remind drivers they shouldn’t stop along the highway to photograph riders.

Highway shoulders are for emergencies only.

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