Port Authority police escorted the man over the bridge on Monday. Traffic was brought to a standstill as drivers watched the man, who was ticketed for trespassing and impeding traffic.
Did you spot Doc?
Monday morning, New Jersey 101.5 started getting … odd calls. A cowboy, complete was a couple of horses, was traveling across the Outerbridge Crossing.
The cowboy told Josue Espinoza — who called into the Dennis and Judi show — he’d come from Montana, on his way to Brooklyn for a cowboy convention.
“He did not ride his horse from Montana,” Judi said. “He didn’t.”
But Espinoza wasn’t the only one to see him in the Perth Amboy and South Amboy over the last day or so — and he provided photographic evidence.
“Brooklyn has a lot of funky things these days. It wouldn’t surprise me,” Dennis said on the air Monday.
It seems the cowboy in question is “Doc Mishler” — a cancer survivor who, according to several reports, has ridden across the country several times. Last year, he rode from Montana to Texas and then Washington, D.C. to spread messages of faith and raise support for Bread for the World, which combat’s children’s hunger.
He’d made a similar cross-country to California and Texas in 2003, according to the Associated Press.
Shannon Marek spotted Doc in South Amboy on Sunday.
“what an amazing soul to meet!” she wrote on Facebook. “He says ‘everyone should live the dream.’”
Espinoza told New Jersey 101.5 via Facebook messages he spotted Mishler around Smith Street and Convery Boulevard (Route 35) in Perth Amboy Monday morning:
“I asked him ‘When does he stop?’ and he said, ‘Whenever the horses get tired.’ I asked him ‘When is that?’ and he said, ‘I don’t know. It’s up to them,” Espinoza recounted. “I also asked him how long he’s been out. He said he’s doesn’t know, doesn’t care. He bought three Snapples — one for him and one for each of his horses
“And I’m not making this up.”
Espinoza said he was curious about one more point:
“I asked him if he has gotten stopped by police. He said, ‘No. I better not. It’s a horse.’
But Doc’s luck may have run out. Fox 5 reported Monday “A man riding a horse and leading a second were stopped Monday morning crossing the Outerbridge Crossing headed for Staten Island.” Mishler’s presence was reportedly causing backups on the road.
Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo confirmed a man riding a horse, and leading another, was on the Crossing.
“The rider will be stopped, when safe, details to follow,” he said in an email at about 1:$0 p.m.