Travel by Mule & Wagon

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Welcome to RiverEarth.com

Howdy. This is where I (Bernie Harberts) post about my travels by mule, boat and bike.

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Mules Cracker and Brick and I are currently heading toward Idaho. We started our voyage in North Carolina in early April.

To join me for an authentic mule voyage, check out the Lost Sea Expedition, the Rocky Mountain PBS series about my 14 month mule voyage across America.

Stream the series on:
-Amazon

-Vimeo

My wife Julia’s take on things at Considering Animals.com.

Happy Adventuring!

Bernie


Where is Home?

Where is home? Where, indeed, is home when you sleep in a tent one night. Or your sleeping bag cast out under stars. Or the horse trailer of someone you met 2 hours ago on the side of the road. Or someone’s spare bedroom. Where is home to the man who is traveling the land with his mules?

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Traveling the land with mules. Brick, Cracker and me at the start of our journey.

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The first glimpse many folks get of… Continue reading

700,000 minutes of Lost Sea Expedition Streaming

Mule Polly and I got to wondering. How often is the “Lost Sea Expedition” being streamed on Amazon? The series is about mule Polly and my solo wagon voyage across America. According to Amazon, it’s been viewed over 700,000 minutes in the last 3 months. That’s almost 12,000 hours. Wow!

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The “Lost Sea Expedition” premiered on Rocky Mountain PBS and has gone on to become an award winning film.

More important, the series has gotten over 80 reviews.

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How Julia and I Got Hitched at the Town Dock

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Getting married on the town dock (Ben Casey photo)

Sixteen years ago I sailed back in to Oriental, NC after spending 5 years sailing alone around the world. Hours after tying up a mooring line’s length from the town dock, a reporter asked me, “what do you fear most”. I said, “growing old alone on a sailboat”.

Flash forward to last Saturday, February 23. I stood on the same town dock with my fiancee Julia. My dear friend Keith Smith,… Continue reading

Join Julia and Me as we get Hitched!

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The wedding party: Mule Polly and Snookie will be witness. You’re invited, too.(TownDock.net photo)

Julia and I are getting married this weekend and you’re invited. The hitchin’ is at 11am at the Oriental Town Dock in Oriental, NC. The Town Dock has served as jumping off point for quite a few of my adventures, from sailing alone around the world to walking across America with a mule. Of course dogs and mules are welcome. ‘be great if you… Continue reading

Are You Dan from Madison?

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Dan’s postcard on our fridge. Dan wrote to tell us how much he and his family enjoyed the “Lost Sea Expedition” series. You can stream the series right here on Amazon.

Are you Dan from Madison, Wisconsin? If so, we loved your postcard! It’s always great hearing from folks that enjoy the “Lost Sea Expedition” series about my mule wagon voyage across America. Messages on a post card score bonus points on the Adventure Correspondence scale.

If you’re not… Continue reading

Lost Sea Expedition wins Winnie Award at EQUUS Film Festival

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The 2018 Winnie Award (EQUUS Film Festival photo).

Man walks across America with mule. Man makes movie. Movie goes to New York City and….wins shiny gold trophy.

Yeeehaawww!

Okay. Sorry. I got a little emotional there.

It’s just that I’m excited that the “Lost Sea Expedition”, the account of my mule voyage across America, just won a Winnie award at the EQUUS Film Festival in New York City. It won for best Full Length Equestrian Film Travel Documentary.

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2018 EQUUS Film Festival Schedule

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The EQUUS Film Festival runs Nov 29 – Dec 2, 2018 in Brooklyn, NY. The festival is dedicated to all things horse, mule and donkey and features movies from around the world.

2018 EQUUS Film Festival
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2018 SCHEDULE

12:00 pm
THE LOST SEA EXPEDITION (2018) USA
90:00 min / Directed by: Bernie Harberts
Trailer: “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5vWlAttTaY”:
Equestrian Documentary – Full Length (over 30 minutes)
The “Lost Sea Expedition” is the 4-part series about Bernie Harberts’ 14 month wagon… Continue reading

The Hoof Boot Report

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Consumer Report just won’t report on some things. These are the boots we’re reviewing. Here’s how they looked during our month-long mule ramble.

The word “report” brings to mind images of white paper, statistics, lab coats and, yawn, boring facts. This is not that kind of report. Rather, it’s the account of what Julia Carpenter and I learned after spending 32 days on the road with 3 mules and 3 different kinds of hoof boots. This may be the muddiest… Continue reading

Sought: Lodging for 3 Mules

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Mule time: out here traveling the land with our mules, shadow length, not what the clock says, is how we measure time.

Julia and I are riding our mules across the Appalachian back roads. It’s noon. The sun hangs plumb above our heads before starting its slow descent to the wooded horizon. The mules throw fat shadows, a set of stumpy shadows walking beside their real legs.
The sun slides down the other side of its daily arc, toward the… Continue reading

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