South Lincoln County Facebook pages were all a-gog about this cowboy and his three horses, riding northbound along Highway 101. Everyone wanted to know who he is and why he’s riding along one of the more accident-prone stretches of interstate highways in the country. “I don’t worry about that so much,” says Doc Mishler, a self-declared man of faith, “God has his hand over us and protects us.”
Mishler is on a mission to rub society’s nose in the fact that although most everyone professes devotion to God or some supreme being, few of them live their lives as if such a statement has much meaning in their lives. “While millions of people go about their daily routines acting as though everything’s fine, millions of children are dying of starvation around the world. How Christian is that?”
Mishler says he belongs to a Christian organization called Church Communities based in Ulster Park, NY which, on their website, appears to be a very tight knit group Christians dedicated to living by the word of Christ. Mishler says he’s carrying forth their vision of a higher and better way of living through faith, something he tells all those who see and hear him on his long pack horse rides around the country, which he says he has crossed a couple of times.
While talking to some Newport area residents about his quest, several cars stopped – people got out and gave him cash – some just for the horses – some for “the cause.” Mishler thanked them graciously.
Mishler seemed to be rather intolerant of what passes for Christianity these days and vows to keep riding until the world’s churches come around to becoming what he called “seriously Christian.” When asked how long that might be he smiled and said “I’m gonna keep ridin’ until the Pope sells the Vatican and spends the money feeding the hungry children of the world.”
And with that Doc Mishler was last seen northbound at a slight gallop northbound on 101, looking to bed down for the night somewhere around Moolack Beach.