After making several phone calls seeking advice and help we learned that Merrill Bernau of Emmons, MN would be our guardian angel for today. Merrill is the neighbor and close friend of my relations Marion and Hubert Iverson. Because Rufus couldn't pull the wagon, we decided it was best to travel to Merrill's home and give them a rest until we decide our next step. Merrill arrived at our location with a stock trailer for the mules and his friend brought a flatbed trailer for the wagon. We got loaded up and Merrill drove us to an 80 year old veterinarian in Bryceland, MN. He took a look at Rufus and advised us not to drive Rufus and to allow him to heal. Ultimately, Merrill's friend found us a mule that had been on load to an Amish family in southern MN and was available to join our healthy mule Rowdy to finish the trail. By chance, the new mule's name is also Rowdy! We plan to get Rowdy (the newest version) tomorrow and have Rowdy and Rowdy practice driving together. If the mules can work together, we will be headed to Joice on Saturday. The mule community will be joining us on our final leg. We'll be accompanied by other wagons and outriders as we arrive in Joice! We'll be heading down through Scarville, IA to Lake Mills, IA and finally on to Joice.
Earl and I are staying with my relations Marion and Hubert Iverson. We are warm and safe and so very much appreciate the kindness shown to us today and throughout this trip.
Good Night from the trail.
Joe and Earl