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Join the travels of Bernie Harberts at RiverEarth.com. The "Lost Sea Expedition" is Bernie's voyage in a mule wagon through the center of the USA - across what was millions of years ago a sea.

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   Saturday, June 17, 2006  
Announcing "Captain Bernie's Mule Speed Library Tour"

As I rode Woody and Maggie across America, I wrote a series of articles for RiverEarth and various newspapers.

There was only one problem.

I couldn't carry a computer in my saddlebag because it weighed too much.

Enter libraries. They had public computers and Internet access. But what would I do with my mounts as I filed my stories?

Bringing them inside was out. I'd tried that at Gaskill's Hardware Store in Beaufort and when Woody wasn't eying the peanuts, he was sizing up the Duron paint samples for a nibble.

"Bernie? This is going to work in a library?"
Gaskill's Hardware - Beaufort, NC, March 2004

So the gig went like this.

Bernie rode his mounts to a library, tied them by the front door, dove inside, dashed out an article and escaped before his two chargers got into a kicking match.

If it hadn't been for libraries, RiverEarth couldn't have brought you stories and pictures from the road.

So, this summer and fall, as a thank you gesture, I'll be visiting North Carolina libraries on my "Captain Bernie's Mule Speed Library Tour". I'll be talking about my trip across America - letting folks across the state find out what ever happened to that guy that tied his mule in front of libraries in Garland and Wallace, North Carolina - and Gila Bend, Arizona.

If not for the Gila Bend Public Library, you wouldn't be seeing this photo
Gila Bend, AZ March 2005

Talks will consist of a half-hour narrated slide show followed by a question and answer session.

Yes, Woody and Maggie are joining me for a few of these visits - via trailer this time!

Remember, many libraries, especially the ones in small towns, are fighting for existence. It seems our nation's spending priorities have shifted away from National Security issues like public education and libraries. So, please, support these corner-stone institutions with your time and donations.

Here's a list of dates and times we'll be speaking. If your library, school or group wants to arrange a presentation, contact RiverEarth.com.

PO Box 245
Southern Pines, NC
910 695 0989


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See you at the library!

"Captain Bernie's Mule Speed Library Tour" - Summer/Fall 2006

*Tuesday, August 8:
Southern Pines Public Library
Southern Pines, NC
11:00 AM - 12:00 noon
Final presentation in the 2006 Summer Reading Program "Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales" Click here for program details

*Saturday, August 19
Caldwell County Public Library
Lenoir, NC
10:00 - 11:00 AM: Presentation of Childrens book "Woody and Maggie Walk Across America"

*Sunday, September 10
Salisbury Public Library
Salisbury, NC
Time - TBA

*Saturday, September 16
Thelma Dingus Public Library
Wallace, NC
11:00 AM - 12:00 noon

*Garland/Sampson County Public Library
Date/Time/Location - TBA
posted by Bernie at 8:28 AM

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