Snake Bites Mule

Snake bites mule: Brick tangles with a non-poisonous black snake.

A while back, Julia and I rode spent six weeks traveling with two saddle and one pack mule from our farm in western North Carolina to Virginia and back. We posted a lot of stories on this trip but here’s one I never got around to sharing with you.

Julia was riding a mule named Dusty we’d borrowed from our friend Ronald Hudson. I was riding my mule Brick. As we traveled the Iron Mountain Trail from Damascus, Virginia to Grayson Highlands, we came across a black snake. My mule Brick had to poke her head down for a look. The snake reacted as you might expect.

No, I would have never let her sniff a poisonous rattlesnake or copperhead.

If you didn’t follow that mule ramble here’s a great summary you’ll enjoy. It’s called About the First 100 Miles and you can read it right here.

The Trash to Triumph Book

Work on my new book “Trash to Triumph” book is coming on well. I’m currently working on the third draft. This week I edited the section on what it’s like to ride a mule across the Ohio River, the second-largest river (by volume) in the United States.

If you haven’t already, I’d be happy to give you a heads up when the book is released. You can sign up for the newsletter right here. The link is:

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