Now with a wagon load pulled by two mules, like taking a cotton harvest to market, you’d need to plan on two days, ten miles per day to cover the same distance unless you didn’t care about your animals. But a mule’s too smart to be driven to go unto death. He’ll lay down on you, while a horse with run as long you drive him until he falls over dead. In VOW UNBROKEN, book one of the Texas Romance family saga, Henry helped Sue take her crop to market on the Jefferson Trace.
Once upon a time, a goodly portion of the population never ventured more than twenty miles in any direction their whole lives. Too costly, and most all their friends and family lived close by. Stages and trains changed that to some degree, but it wasn’t until the automobile—Henry Ford’s being the first affordable to the middle class.
So next time you jump behind the wheel, you might want to consider how blessed you are. That other than gas in your tank and your favorite traveling beverage, you gave no thought toward extra horseshoes, grain, feed, or water as those folks not too many generations ago.
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When's your next ride? Where are you going?
Caryl McAdoo loves writing stories for all ages that glorify God and is thrilled Christian fiction fits her life purpose so well. Bold not bashful, she’s quick to share the Bible principles she lives by through her characters and hopes each title ministers His love, mercy, and grace. Known as the “Singing Pray-er”—with a YouTube channel to prove it—the prolific hybrid author also loves praising Him with new songs He gives her. Her high-school-sweetheart-husband moved the family from the DFW area—home for fifty-plus years—to the woods and seat of Red River County. After Ron, Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings. The McAdoos live a few miles south of Clarksville in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with two grandsons.