North Carolina man and mule take leisurely Newfoundland trip

Bernie Harberts and his mule Polly came to Newfoundland to get away from the heat and humidity of North Carolina in the summer.

They started at the top of the Northern Peninsula about a week ago, and they're slowly making their way south.

"Newfoundland has good grass, grass and fog is what I've heard, and so I thought I'll come up here," explained Harberts.

"If I can travel 15 to 20 kilometres a day, I can get a pretty good feel of what the countryside is like up here."

The duo already had one Canadian experience; Four years ago, they trekked for 13 months from Saskatchewan to Mexico.

So far on this trip, Polly the mule has pulled Harberts in her two-wheeled cart from L'Anse aux Meadows to Plum Point.

They may have been attracted to Newfoundland by the weather, but they've been won over by the hospitality from the people they have met.

"We have literally had to eat our way through Newfoundland," enthused Harberts. "Polly is living off, aside from the great dandelions, lots of apples and carrots, and increasingly, potato chips."

Harberts has been feasting on canned moose meat, given to him by new friends he's met along the way. He's also enjoying picking up some of the local lingo.

"Like scrunchions, and everyone's a skipper, or a boy."

Harberts said he and Polly have no particular destination in mind. They're planning to spend the next couple of months in Newfoundland, following the road and the food at their own speed.