19 Million Mule Steps Wins WINNIE Award

Two pieces of exciting news. 1) My new photo book 19 Million Mule Steps was awarded a WINNIE award at the most recent EQUUS Film & Art Fest. 2) You can download a free copy.

19 Million Mule Steps won the WINNIE for the Literary Nonfiction Adventure category

19 Million Mule Step contains 103 pages of photos, sketches and musings that didn’t fit into my upcoming memoir Two Mules to Triumph. Both books are about my 2,300-mile Long Ride… Continue reading

Lessons from Bogging Hodge the Horse in New Zealand

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Allan Crawford on one of his horses, Rangi.

Many years ago (2001) I was helping Allan Crawford muster cattle on the North Island of New Zealand. The cattle were scattered through a low range of mountains covered in tea tree scrub and crisscrossed by murky creeks. Allan and I split up to circle a mob of cattle scattered across a mountainside a half an hour’s ride away. Allan was riding his horse Dancer and I was riding Hodge, a fleabitten… Continue reading

Listen to “A Long Walk Home” on Atlas Obscura

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I recently sat down (via Zoom) with Johanna Mayer of the Atlas Obscura Podcast (#1 Apple travel podcast / 17 million listeners) to talk about riding my mules Brick and Cracker from North Carolina to Idaho. We talked about saddle travel and the loneliness of solo travel. I also described what it’s like to ride a mule across the Ohio River, the second largest river in the United States. That part… Continue reading

What it’s Like to Ride a Mule Through Casper, Wyoming

I’d been riding my mule Cracker and leading my pack mule Brick across Wyoming for days, heading from North Carolina to Idaho, where my wife Julia’s brother Nick and his wife Carolyn live.

Some days, I stuck to the gravel roads and went for hours without seeing any cars.

A low-traffic Wyoming road

Others, I led the mules through wind-swept plains that stretched for miles in all directions.


One morning, I crested a hill. The valley on the other… Continue reading

Filipe Masetti Leiti Rode a Horse 16,000 Miles. This is What he Learned.

“I’d never ridden more than 3 kilometers.” That’s what author, filmmaker, and Long Rider Filipe Masetti told me after riding 16,000 miles across North and South America. That quote will give you hope you can do whatever you’re dreaming of doing.

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Filipe on the trail
A boot to navigate by: Filipe’s route for the first leg of his trip, from Calgary, Canada to Barretos, Brazil, spelled out on one of his boots

Interview With Filipe… Continue reading

Traveling Through America With Mules Brick and Cracker on “Horses in the Morning”

Good Saturday morning. I hope you had a great week. I ended my week with an interview on the Horses in the Morning podcast, America’s largest equine podcast and one of the longest daily podcasts in the world.

Host Glenn the Geek and I discussed the adventures my mules and I encountered riding from North Carolina to Idaho. We cover everything from hoof boots to having your head inside your helmet when it hits the ground and cracks into three… Continue reading

The Hoof Boot Review: 3 Hoof Boots, 32 Days on the Trail

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Consumer Reports 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.We reviewed Cavallo, Renegade and Easy Boot hoof boots. Here’s how they held up after 32 days on the trail

What’s the best kind of hoof boot for your horse or mule? My wife Julia and I rode from North Carolina to Virginia and back with three brands of hoof boots. This hoof boot review is what we… Continue reading

Long Distance Barefoot Travel on The Humble Hoof Podcast

How far can a horse or mule walk in hoof boots? This week, I was a guest on Alicia Harlov’s podcast The Humble Hoof. The episode is called “Riding Mules Cross Country”. We discussed what it’s like to travel long distances (thousands of miles) with hoof boots on a horse or mule. Just click on this link.

As you may know, I don’t shoe our mules or horses with steel shoes. When their feet need extra protection, like when… Continue reading

How Adeline Hallot Went From Cart Traveler to Horse Traveler: Part 2/2

What’s it like to spend 3 years traveling from France to Spain with two dogs, two horses, a mule, a cat and a chicken? Adeline Hallot did exactly that. My wife Julia and I recently spent two days visiting with Adeline. This is Part 2 of the two-part series I’m writing about her.

Adeline and her horse Gezi (Adeline Hallot photo)
Adeline and her horse Gezi (Adeline Hallot photo)
Adeline Hallot with her mule Lunita, one of her traveling companions
Adeline’s route

In Part 1 of this series… Continue reading

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