The Moonshine Mule
A 2,700 mile walk with a mule from Mexico to New York
Wednesday, 15 June 2005
2/F Sports House, So Kong Po,
Drinks 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm
We are delighted to welcome to Hong Kong the great adventurer Tom Fremantle to lecture on The Moonshine Mule. Tom's amazing and hilarious lecture on The Moonshine Mule to the Royal Geographical Society in London has the distinction of having received the first standing ovation in almost a decade. In 2002, Tom completed a 2,700 mile walk from Mexico to New York. He was following the route of his ancestor, Lt Colonel Arthur Fremantle, who travelled through the Deep South in 1863 at the height of America's Civil War as Fremantle was neutral rather than a combatant, he was able to mix with both the Southern and Northern armies and wrote an amazing account of his travels. Tom was supported on his 2002 journey by Browny, a cantankerous but heroic mule, who had just celebrated her 17th birthday. Throughout the course of the long march, Tom and Browny used up two pairs of leather boots, seven sets of mule shoes, dozens of camera films and several jampacked diaries. They crossed the Mississippi, negotiated the Atlanta suburbs, stayed at an Indian reservation, traversed the Blue Ridge Mountains, roamed Civil War battlefields and experienced the beauty of Amish country in Pennsylvania. They faced mercurybusting heat in the Texan desert, an angry buffalo in South Carolina and fierce wind chill in the Virginian hills, but it was all worth it, when on the final day they walked over the bridge into the Bronx with a police escort. Soon afterwards Browny was grazing in New York's Central Park and the journey was complete. Tom Fremantle is a writer, public speaker and amateur farmer, and lives in Oxford.reTom's first major trip was a bicycle ride between Swanbourne, England and Swanborne, Australia. The two wheeled odyssey, which took 17 months, piled through 24 countries and over 12,500 miles, captured in his book Johnny Ginger's Last Ride. Following publication of The Moonshine Mule, an instant bestseller, in 2004 he canoed down the Niger. Tom's extensive journey through West Africa plied through a landscape of exceptional variety, from bleak, pale deserts peppered with scrub to lush, meandering swampland, from bustling, urban casbahs to tiny, mudbrick villages on the banks of the River Niger. He is about to publish a further book, A Canoe Trip to Timbuktu. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture, which is HK$50 for Members, HK$100 for Members' guests and HK$150 for others.