I actually saw this man on the drive home from work three days ago, here in Oakland, CA-USA ~ thought I was hallucinating when he “appeared” in the middle of the road, walking straight toward oncoming traffic in the divider with three mules tied together. It was only when I was driving away that I happened to notice the hand-painted sign draped over one of the mules that had the website on it: http://www.3mules.com.
Highly recommend reading about this amazing man and his journey!
Something unusual passed through the neighborhood last week – 3 mules.
But they’re not just any pack of mules – they have a cult following and even have their own website, 3mules.com, and a Facebook page with over 2,000 fans.
The three beasts of burden are led by 65 year old John Sears, who also likes to just be called “Mule”. They’ve been traveling for the past three decades and have made their way through sixteen western states, according to their website.
The purpose of this cross-country mule expedition? To call attention to the increasing trend of urban sprawl.
“Open spaces where they once moved through freely, and sometimes spent the night in a secluded spot, were disappearing,” the website says.
In February while passing through San Diego, Sears told a local news station, “There must be a balance between the man-made world and the natural world,” he said. “We can’t live in this unbalanced state and we all know it.”
While their leader prefers the simple moniker of “Mule”, the three mules have names – Little Girl, Lady and Pepper – and have quite a following online. During their trip through San Diego, fans tracked down the caravan to bring carrots and cash.
And while their journey may seem idyllic, the pack is not always welcome. They often meet resistance from rangers who don’t want them camping, and in Torrey Pines, Sears and the mules were issued a $485 citation for unlawful camping. He and the mules will be due in court later this year to address the citation.
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