Listen to “A Long Walk Home” on Atlas Obscura
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 got me so excited that I recreated the sound of all the gear jiggling on Brick’s pack saddle. It goes something like, “jingle, jingle, jingle, Clink!”
Here are a few pics from that journey.
The coolest thing about this interview was that Johanna also interviewed my wife Julia about her side of the story.
Have a Listen
Atlas Obscura just released the episode and it came out fantastic, right down to the piece where (spoiler alert) I start crying. Yeah, that was an emotional journey. Thanks Johanna, Dylan Thuras and the whole Atlas Obscura crew for putting together such a gem of a podcast episode.
You can listen to “A Long Walk Home” right here.
Get A Free Copy of my New Photo Book 19 Million Mule Steps
I’d love to give you a free copy of my just-released 134-page photo book 19 Million Mule Steps. The book contains a lot of the material that didn’t fit into my upcoming book Two Mules to Triumph, about my 7 month, 2,300 mile Long Ride from North Carolina to Idaho with my mules Brick and Cracker.
In the Mood to Meet a Dinosaur on Atlas Obscura?
If you want to listen to another great Atlas Obscura episode, check out the piece I did with them a while back. It’s called “Creston Dinosaur” and it’s about this big-assed, green concrete dinosaur mule Polly and I visited by wagon in South Dakota. That was for my Lost Sea Expedition journey, which became the documentary of the same name (which you can stream on Amazon).