Crossing the Ohio River Bridge by Mule

Blue above, blue behind, blue below. Today Brick, Cracker and I tackled the obstacle that’s been on our minds the past few weeks: how to cross the Ohio River.

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How to get across this honkin’ bridge. This is the bridge that connects Kentucky to Ohio. For weeks I’ve wondered how I would get the mules across. The bridge dwarfs the barge pushing a load up Ohio River. (Brandenburg, Ky)

In the end, crossing the Ohio River wasn’t too difficult. I called the Brandenburg, Kentucky police department. Asked for a police escort. Then, blue lights flashing behind us, I swung in to the saddle and clip clopped over the Mathew E Welsh bridge that connects Kentucky to Indiana.

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Mid-river: Behind us: Kentucky. Ahead: Indiana. Below: 100 feet to the Ohio River (Middle of the Ohio River outside Brandenburg, Ky)

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Top hat escort. Driving the police cruiser just behind us is chief of police of Brandenburg, Brian Haag.

Great big thanks to Brian Haag, Tim Hensley and Billy Richardson of the Brandenburg Police Department for organizing our police across the Ohio River bridge. Equal big thanks to Brad and Lana Graham of Corydon for putting the mules and me up tonight, my first night in Indiana.

We’re in Indiana!


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