Author and adventurer Bernie Harberts lives motions, words, boats and mules. He was born in Seattle, Washington in 1968. Thirty years later, he set out to sail alone around the world in his steel cutter “Sea Bird”. When he returned in 2003, he decided that equine travel made more sense. So he traded his boat in for a mule and pony. With Woody and Maggie, from 2004 to 2005, he traveled from Oriental, North Carolina to San Diego, California.
A few years later, he struck off across America the other way – again by mule. In 2008 he and his mule Polly completed a 13-month wagon voyage from Canada to Mexico. During that trek, he documented the marine fossils of the Western Interior Seaway, the great inland sea that covered the Great Plains millions of years ago.
Next up was a half year trip around Tasmania on a ten-dollar bike. Underway, he interviewed Tasmanians about things Tassie – from devils, leaches and mutton birds to whale boats.
2012 saw Bernie and his mule Polly become the first man and mule to cross Newfoundland – by cart.
A summa cum laude graduate of NC State University, Bernie is a good writer, a fair horseman and a lousy judge of distance. When not traveling with a boat, bike or mule, he resides in North Carolina.