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Shiawassee County Mule Man completes journey to Oklahoma

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    Wednesday, May 7 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-05-07 22:32:10 GMT
    A year ago, a Mid-Michigan man hooked two mules to a wagon and headed for Oklahoma. Before he arrived, he was involved in a horrible accident. Now he's preparing to finish the trip.
    A year ago, a Mid-Michigan man hooked two mules to a wagon and headed for Oklahoma. Before he arrived, he was involved in a horrible accident. Now he's preparing to finish the trip.
(07/08/14) - A year ago, we told you about a Shiawassee County man who was heading for Oklahoma with two mules and a wagon. The trip ended in tragedy in Arkansas, when a pickup struck the wagon and killed the two mules.

Charlie Peters bought two mules last winter, named them Tom and Jerry and taught them how to pull a wagon. He resumed his journey June 24 at the spot of last year's accident. On the first day of this year's adventure, he met the young lady in Ozark, Arkansas who had been involved in the crash.

"She stepped around the corner. She was crying and said, 'You don't hate me, do you?' I said, 'No, I love you. Come on, get up here. She got up in the wagon with my wife and me,'" Peters said.

After they said their goodbyes, Peters and his wife Snooky headed for Oklahoma.

"Tom and Jerry were great. So much strength and stamina. They'd pull that wagon up hills. There's no way that they could get up that hill. They'd pull non-stop," Peters said.

Snooky did not make the trip last year, but is glad she did this time.

"She's not a really outdoor type lady. But she really enjoyed it," Peters said.

They would spend the nights at ranches along the way. Strangers became instant friends.

"The people is what made it so much fun," Peters said.

On July 4, they arrived at the cemetery where Peters' father is buried.

"It was a very emotional thing for me. First time I'd ever been to my father's grave and I wanted to be by myself," he said.

After that, Peters loaded the mules in a trailer and drove back to Owosso. He's been home two days and is already thinking about his next long-distance adventure, maybe from North Dakota to Oklahoma.

"I'd ride one mule, pack with the other mule and then every other day I would switch," Peters said.

It was discovered last year the 69-year-old Peters has kidney cancer, but the disease is under control and he's not about to slow down.
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