Welcome Pioneer Equipment

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Pioneer Equipment is one of America’s largest manufacturer of horse drawn equipment

People ask me, “Did you build your wagon?” I point at the yellow wagon body and say, “yes, I built the body.” Then I say, “but Pioneer Equipment built the running gear.” Today I’d like to welcome Pioneer Equipment aboard as the latest Lost Sea Expedition supporter.  Here’s more about how Pioneer fits in to the Lost Sea Expedition. Continue reading “Welcome Pioneer Equipment”

Dino napping

Harvey McPherson (Creston, South Dakota)
Harvey McPherson (Creston, South Dakota)

Traveling across the ancient sea bed of the Western Interior Seaway, when I wasn’t filming the Lost Sea Expedition or looking for marine fossils, I was always on the lookout for a good place to sneak a nap. Enter Harvey and the dinosaur.

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Home, Sweet, Muddy Home

Home, sweet, muddy home. As soon as mule Polly got home to North Carolina, she dropped to the ground and started grinding some dirt in to her fur. I had the opposite reaction. (Caldwell County, NC)

Mule Polly and I are back in North Carolina after a great trip to Colorado. We spent the past few weeks  out West letting folks know more about the Lost Sea Expedition Public TV series. The series is about mule Polly and my 2,500 mile wagon voyage across America and premiers on Rocky Mountain PBS. Plenty more photos and stories are coming. Thanks to everyone that made our visit a huge success. Right now, though, it’s time to hit the shower!

On the road

Polly and the trailer
Mule Polly gets in some last minute grazing before jumping back on the trailer. She rides in the white part of the rig. The trusty ’92 Dodge does the hauling. (Windy Creek Ranch outside Longmont, CO)

Has a month passed already? Incredible. That means it’s time to fire up the Cummins diesel and hit the road. Mule Polly and I will be heading from Colorado  back toward North Carolina over the Independence Day weekend. Huge thanks to everyone that spent time with mule Polly and me in Colorado! Thanks especially to Liz of Windy Creek Ranch for putting Polly and me up this week.

The Long Riders’ Guild review of the Lost Sea Expedition

The Long Riders Guild is the world's foremost site for equine explorers.
The Long Riders’ Guild is the world’s foremost site for equine explorers. They are  also the source of the world’s most comprehensive book on horse travel, the “Horse Travel Handbook”.  Highly recommended by me.

How do you ride a horse across America… or Mongolia or South America? First thing you do is contact the Long Riders’ Guild.  I did just that a few years ago when I set off to ride my mule Woody from Atlantic to Pacific ocean. Thanks in large part to the Guild, that 13 month journey was a success.

This week, the Long Riders’ Guild published a review of the Lost Sea Expedition TV series.  When you’re done reading that, be sure to check out the in-depth Q&A session here.  Thanks Cuchullaine and Basha for taking the time to explain the importance of the Lost Sea Expedition.  I urge anyone interested in equine travel to visit LongRidersGuild.com.  Now peel yourself away from the screen and go saddle up for your own Long Ride!

Travelin’ thanks

Life on the road with a mule get lonely. That’s why it means so much when folks pitch in to our quest. Right now we’re raising funds to pay for closed captioning for our Lost Sea Expedition Public TV series. Here’s a video “thanks and howdy” from the road. Thanks Hatdie and Tom for pitching in last night! You can check out everyone else who’s pulling with mule Polly and me right here.

Or hey, hit that Donate button and become part of the Lost Sea Expedition series.


You’ll get thanked on the LostSeaExpedition.com site and you might even get a mention in a video with mule Polly!


noosa Thanks

Bernie with safety gear.
Pardon the crazed look. I just got off the noosa yogurt tour and it rocked. I make two quarts of yogurt per week back home – sometimes under the wood stove. Yeah, count on having some fly ash and wood chips in your breakfast at my house. Not so noosa. They make thousands of quarts of yogurt per hour and ship it nationwide to places like Whole Foods.  I’m wearing: hair net, saftey googles, ear plugs, lab coat, clean boots and I even washed my hands.

Big thanks to Rob and Lori Graves of noosa yogurt and Morning Fresh Dairy for putting up mule Polly and me for the weekend.  Mule Polly toured the pasture dining on dandelions. I toured the yogurt factory and dairy. Tasty business!  Today (Monday, June 26) mule Polly and I head to Boulder, CO.

More about the Graves’ thriving dairy businesses (they still home deliver milk in glass bottles) at noosa yogurt and Morning Fresh Dairy.

Bernie in front of the noosa breakroom sign.
Welcome to noosa. I don’t usually dress like this. That’s because I’ve just come off the noosa factory tour. Yes there were samples. Yes I’ve eaten it for breakfast the past three days. Gonna miss this stuff back on the wagon. Thanks Rob and Lori and everyone that helped us out this weekend.