A teamster, a parade and a mule. This weekend mule Polly and I hung out with Ronald Hudson at Farmers Day in Robbins, NC. He and I were in the parade and I made some photos I thought you’d enjoy. They’re loosely in the order they happened.
Ronald’s wagon has wood wheels with steel rims. Most wagons now have rubber tires like on cars. As we rode in his cart to the start of the parade, he said, “I want you to listen to that. That’s a rare sound we’re listening to anymore.” I made a recording for you so you those steel rims turning. Listen closely and you’ll hear Ronald saying, “they don’t know I don’t have brakes.” Just click on the player below to hear those steels rims rolling.
One of the best things about being in a parade is you get to watch the crowd as they watch you. The Farmers Day parade made a big loop through Robbins. It started up the main drag then went through a neighborhood, an abandoned industrial district and ended up in another neighborhood.
After running up the main drag, the parade turned off and ran through a neighborhood. Talk about bringing the parade straight to the people.
After the parade, Ronald and I drove Polly around Robbins and caught up with some old friends.
More Stories About Ronald and Wayne
A few years ago, mule Polly and I took off on a mule ramble from Ronald’s house to Wayne’s. The account of that ramble is called “Ronald’s Borrowed Vomit Saddle Bags” and you can read it right here.
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Ready for some more mule and wagon adventure? If you haven’t already, stream the Lost Sea Expedition, the 4-part Public Television series about mule Polly and my 14 month voyage across America. You can stream the series right her on Amazon.
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