Moraga's "Mule Man" Makes It To San Luis Obispo

Averaging about 20 miles a day and living on a steady diet of rice and oatmeal, our "Man With No Name" continues to make tracks across the state.


Apparently, you can walk across a Bay Area bridge with three mules in tow and your life's belongings on your back. We called him "Mule Man" when he visited Lamorinda back in August, a rawboned, weather-beaten stranger ostensibly from Marin County who eschews the trappings of modern life and wanders the state with a trusty mule train.

Since he was spotted passing through Moraga to Orinda and we profiled his wayfaring lifestyle, Mule Man has been attracting attention all over the state. Newfound Lamorinda Patch reader Marlene Dix sent us this picture of the nomad, still refusing to give his name or give in to the trappings of modern life, and still sleeping under the stars -- now in San Luis Obispo.

Chris Nicholson September 20, 2012 at 03:09 PM
A bit more color: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2012/09/13/2226248/man-with-three-mules.html Oddly fascinating dude.
Sandy September 20, 2012 at 03:14 PM
tom hanks already did it, without mules, in Forest Gump. But I like this story a lot
gavilan September 20, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Very cool. However this line: "living on a steady diet of rice and oatmeal" worries me given yesterday's news that arsenic levels in rice are up to 25 times the FDA allowance for arsenic in water (no FDA allowance for rice has been set -- an omission that needs to fixed). But mule on dude, and try some quinoa!
Ian Lipnicky (still a SportsFan) September 20, 2012 at 04:38 PM
A bit Ben Rumson/Lee Marvin "Wand'rin' Star" reminiscent, but still fun & interesting.
Ian Lipnicky (still a SportsFan) September 20, 2012 at 04:39 PM
"Paint Your Wagon" also came to mind.
Valerie Sloven September 20, 2012 at 04:43 PM
My husband was driving back from LA a few weeks ago and saw him near King City. I love this story.
Crowley September 20, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Thanks for keeping us posting on mule man's journey. I find this so fascinating.
Nancy Lee September 20, 2012 at 06:25 PM
If you took away the fence in the picture it would almost be gold rush times. Something must have happened to this man to push him away from civilization this way.
Sue Haas September 23, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Great story.


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