Heading in to the Final 10 Miles of Mules West Ramble

2,190 miles down. 10 miles to go. Tonight, Friday October 18, the mules and I arrived in Hailey, Idaho, the target we’ve been aiming for since we rode out the front gate 6 months ago.

Cracker soaking up the Hailey welcome
Crossing Goodall’s Cutoff yesterday. (outside of Picabo, Idaho)
Soaking up some final time on the trail with Brick (Lava Lake, Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho)

Tomorrow we tackle the final 10 miles to Nick and Carolyn Parker’s, our final destination. They live just outside Hailey.

Mules Brick and Cracker are in fine form. Plenty more photos coming in the next posts but first man and mules must get some grub!

8 Responses to Heading in to the Final 10 Miles of Mules West Ramble

  • Congratulations on Making it to the end of your mules west ramble! I’m amazed and inspired by your journey! Have to say I am going to miss your daily posts.

    • Hi Sue. And vice versa. Posting has become a happy routine in my life. I’ve always struggled to write. It comes hard to me. On this trip, though, writing was much easier knowing that folks like you enjoyed what I was putting down. Fear not. There’s a back log of posts to come. Great having you along for the ride.

  • So much editorial work! So many photos! So many wifi logons…

    You make it look easy, and you put the lie on those who say blogging is dead. In fact, I sense, in some cases, your articles are driving your FB presence. That’s back-assward (see what I did there?), but I guess if you’re taking marketing advice from two mules, that’s what you get, eh?


    • You, of all people, would understand all the work that goes in to posting content regularly. It sure helps to have a web site that makes posting easy. For that, of course, I have to thank you. Sometimes, mules give good advice!

  • Yay B!!!! So darn proud of you and the mules!

  • There have not many evenings when I have missed checking in with you and the mules.I have deep appreciation for all that you have shared on your ramble. I promise I will keep in touch. At my age (74) I feel so lucky to be able to ride and raise horses. Comes down to it, they are the main reason I am in pretty good shape. I do not foresee any possibility of doing a long ride, but Lordy have I ever dreamed. So thank you Bernie. I will write later. Tb

    • Hi Todd. Thanks for the wonderful words. It means so much that you enjoyed catching up on these posts. Many nights, taping away on my laptop – tired, cold and alone – the only thing that kept me going was knowing that folks like you enjoyed following along. I know how this goes. I have enjoyed following other equine travelers. Bob Skelding at wagonteamster.com and Angela Wood https://challenge-america-equine-trek.com/ come to mind. I sure appreciate how they spent the extra energy sharing a trip when at the end of the long day, they surely just wanted to feed their steeds and go to bed.
      As to your age and physical shape, your words give me something to shoot for.
      Let’s keep in touch.

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