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Chuck and Mary Reagan’s draft mules Pearle and Pauline aren’t the fastest mode of transportation, but they get the couple where they’re going.

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Chuck and Mary Reagan aren’t in any hurry to get to California. So they’ve been on the road in their 100-year-old covered wagon with their two horses, two mules, two dogs and last two dollars for more than two years. The Reagans made a stopover in Payson Monday, resting their flock at Payson Feed before continuing on to Prescott, the Grand Canyon and eventually the coast of California. Traveling at the top three-miles-an-hour speed of a cockroach, it has taken the couple a few more years than they planned to reach their end goal. They told one reporter in early 2010 they planned to travel from their home base in Crab Orchard, Ky. to Butte County, Calif. by November 2010. Now Chuck said he hopes to make it there by November — of this year, a tidy two years behind schedule. On the road, a few hiccups slowed the couple’s progress, including a broken axle and a switchover from wooden wagon wheels to modern tires.


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