Pair in Covered Wagon Heads Down Rt. 50

by ARLnow.com June 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm 8,324 97 Comments

(Updated at 3:15 p.m.) A Tea Party member from rural Georgia traveled down Route 50 in a horse-drawn covered wagon this afternoon, en route to “get some answers.”

With his travel companion, 33-year-old Missy Wilkerson, and his cattle dog, “Blue,” Ralph Casey is heading to D.C. to get answers for “the Small Businessman” from “someone in charge.” The nearly six week journey through the byways of small town America has garnered media attention, words of encouragement and offers of free food and lodging for the 69-year-old horseshoeing school owner.

Fast-moving traffic was able to maneuver around Casey’s wagon as it traveled at 5 to 10 miles per hour down the highway. Read more about his journey from the Madison County, Va. Eagle newspaper. Casey can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

  • Damn. It is too hot for those horses to be walking all that way especially on asphalt. Arrest for animal cruelty!

    • Jeff

      Wow, you need help…. he has given those horses plenty of rest or he would be there by now your a fool

  • Paco

    It won’t be the first time a Teabagger left nothing but a trail of [email protected]%t.

  • Black Flag


    • MC 703

      (to the 1840s!)

      • Lou

        A chicken in every coop!

        • othersideoftheriver

          Not in Arlington — too close to property lines.

    • Tamara

      Take the country back from whom? Yeh – back to the times when men were men and beat their wives for kicks. Good ol’ days.

  • Mike

    Oh for effs sake.

  • Southeast Jerome

    You didnt mention that the covered wagon was being pulled by Michelle Bachman. Oh wait, thats a horse.

    • BerryBerryCold

      Why do liberals have a double standard when it comes to conservative women?

      • V Dizzle

        Not a double standard, but standards just the same (and she happens to be below them).

      • doodly

        Rosie O’Donnell is an ugly pig too.

        Happy now?

    • Lol

      John Kerrys daughter had a pior engagement

  • JamesE

    A vehicle from rural Georgia without a Confederate flag? I am stunned.

  • V Dizzle

    Everyone knows the Dems are out to ruin America’s horse-shoeing small businessmen. Studies show that as abortions go up, horseshoe related sales tend to slump.

    • Tabby

      That’s alright because with no funding for Planned Parenthood’s programs, abortion rates are sure to skyrocket.

  • samsonite

    Here’s an answer:

    Riding around on a horse-drawn wagon look a doofus is unlikely to help your small business.

  • cheeseeater

    We saw this s—show this weekend out near Warrenton and wondered what it was all about.

  • kc

    And some of you thought bikes were an impediment to traffic.

    • John Fontain

      The Arlington County Board is going to undertake a $3.8 million study to explore ways Arlington can become a more wagon-friendly county, such as through the replacement of automobile lanes with wagon only lanes on local roads.

    • bb

      I did notice a “yield” sign with guidelines on bike/pedestrian/horse/rollerblade icons on it on the W&OD trail the other day. The sign is probably a “standard” sign, but it does make me wonder if horses are legal on the trails of Arlington.

  • Cleveland

    Fire lens sunglasses really add to the covered wagon authenticity.

  • Dump

    If I drive over a giant pile of horse s*it on the way home I’m going to be pissed.

  • NomNom

    The Potomac River is too deep to ford. You lose 50 lbs of meat and your cattle dog “Blue”.

    • OT

      NomNom – Simply wonderful. Best thing I’ve read all day.

    • Jason


      “You have died of dysentery.”

  • Really?

    NomNom, for the win.

  • Suburban Not Urban

    Yea roll out the catty comments about someone who probably knows how to fix his own stuff, grown his own food and doesn’t expect anyone to hand them a job or cash or expect someone else to pay their bills.

    • G Clifford Prout

      Bet he gets a farm subsidy for his hay.

    • doodly

      And doesn’t need a stupid car company to build him some wheels.

      And yeah, those farmers never take any handouts…

    • samsonite

      The gub’mint built Route 50.

      • Lou

        Horses, carts and coaches were moving on what would become Route 50 long before the government took it over for cars.

        • Half Full

          Yes, by cracky, if it weren’t for govt we could still all ride in covered wagons on roads built by…who?

    • AllenB

      Yeah, doesn’t expect a handout until they want their socialized medicine/Medicare or their Social Security.

      • Lou

        Where did this guy say anything about a handout?

        • V Dizzle

          I believe (and I may be way off, so feel free to correct me) he’s suggesting that older folk, such as this, hypocritically feel entitled to receive Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security checks, but refer to anything they don’t receive directly as “socialist” and liberal tax and spend. Or, maybe I’m just saying it.

          • Tabby

            He doesn’t look that “old” to me. Uh oh.

          • AllenB

            No correction needed.

        • AllenB

          “Hand them a job or cash or expect someone else to pay their bills.” Kinda sounds like he the definition of a handout.

          • Lou

            I meant the guy in the article.

          • AllenB

            I was responding to a comment from Suburban Not Urban.

    • Sam

      Actually, he does expect people to hand him cash. That’s why he started and runs the National Equine and Hoof Research Foundation and the Farreirs’ National Research Center, both 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that ask for monetary donations…

      • Lou

        Private giving is different than government handouts. You wasted research time.

        • samsonite

          Except the government subsidizes those private gifts by making them tax-deductible.

  • TGEoA

    I bet it smells less then the Metro at rush hour.

    • CW

      Don’t like the smell on metro? MOVE!!!


      • TGEoA

        I own cars. Metro is for the unwashed.

  • Arl

    I saw them today and thought it was an advertisement for Arlington’s CAR FREE DIET.

  • Confused

    Why the vitriol? Agree with it or not, here’s a citizen trying to be heard– peacefully, mind you– by his government (and avoiding peak rush hour in the process!).

    When someone does this kind of thing, whether I agree with them or not, I can appreciate that folks peacefully demand accountability from their representatives… and that we don’t behead them or jail them for such things. Calling him a “teabagger” and otherwise being snide and dismissive demonstrates closed-mindedness and doesn’t really advance the conversation. I.e. if you disagree with promoting small business, which appears to be this guy’s issue, just say why.

    • Jezebel

      I think the point is that he isn’t common folk peacefully doing anything. He is a publicity hound in it for news coverage. Dunno what his small business is, but I bet he’s a lot wealthier than a bunch of us.

      • Jezebel

        Yeah o.k., got it, he’s got a horseshoeing school and a TV show. He’s doing alright.

    • Paco

      Maybe it’s because the guy is more about drawing attention to himself than actually discussing issues. Confused–you can’t even be sure he’s “promoting small business.”

      So in the age of Twitter and Facebook and YouTube, we just have one more attention whore barreling down the (info) highway– although with a 19th century twist. More Teabagger horses&%t. Yawn.

    • Lou

      Hate first. Ask questions later.

    • Nance

      he’s calling himself a tea partier — his well-publicized twitter name is GA9thDistTparty

    • samsonite

      I’ll tell you why the vitriol – the idiotic Tea Party movement. If he weren’t a teabagger, he’d just be another guy.

    • ConfedRailroad

      That’s because all these yankees think they’re hot shots and are quick to rattle off complaints. This man knows what hard work is, scratching out an honest living with his God-given bare hands. Oops I said God, here come the devil worshipers.

      • doodly

        Yep, he does everything with his bare hands. Even cavemen used plows, but not this hero!

        • ConfedRailroad

          I’ll bet you doodly with the noodly with your bare hands

        • Josh S

          “cavemen used plows”


  • achow

    I saw this over the weekend out in Manassas – wondered what it was all about!

    • Hah

      sorry that you were in Manassas. Glad you made it back to civilization

  • ArlForester

    He’d better be careful if he comes near the O’Connell/Tuckahoe area because someone over there hates American flags.

  • CW

    I honestly do not care about the political activism aspect of this at all. I do not agree with his views or motivation for doing this, but it is F***ING AWESOME!

    • SamsontheCat

      Agreed. This is awesome!

      P.S. You don’t agree with the “views or motivation” of getting some accountability on behalf of the small businessman? That’s like one of the only things both parties like. That and the military. Military vets who have a small business? That’s about as ‘merican as you get.

      • CW

        I mean, sure, if you step back, of course I like helping small businesses. There are just different ways of looking at it.

        BUT THE MAN IS DRIVING A F***ING COVERED WAGON DOWN 50! Let’s keep politics out of this and revel in his glory.

        • doodly

          Live in DC a few years and you’re no longer impressed by stunts like this.

          • CW

            I have lived here for a few years, and I will never cease to be amused by horsedrawn vehicles on major aterial roads.

            Rallies, on the other hand, I can do without.

          • doodly

            You haven’t lived here long enough then.

        • ConfedRailroad

          let’s hit the moonshine and hear a lil foggy mountain breakdown – what ya’ll know about that!! (nuthin)

  • Hattie McDaniel

    Once in the nation’s capital, Casey said he wants to have a conversation with “someone in charge”

    Vincent Grey?

    • Blueloom

      + 1000

  • MC

    Let’s go back to the 19th Century! (They should remove some of the stars from their flag, however, to look more nostalgic.)

    • Ann of Tan Gables

      Like the one for Hawaii. Isn’t that part of Kenya anyway?

      • doodly


  • Arlwhenever

    When I read the angry posts I am reminded of the time farmers descended en masse on Washington DC driving a tractor convoy across the 14th Street bridge, occupying the National Mall (they were looking for a handout by the way, unlike this guy). The locals were angry at the traffic tie up and joked about the yokels; until we had a mid-January blizzard. Then the farmers did what the DC government was unable to do — clear the roads so traffic could get moving again resulting in smiles all around.

    • Josh S

      Did the clouds part and a golden light from the heavens shine down upon their brow while angels played the harp? Shoot, they probably were elevated on the spot!

  • Bob

    Wagon Update- The horses and wagon are camped out (for the night?) in the small park alongside Rt.50 at N Park Drive in front of the Outback. The horses are dining on (government/USDA subsidized) hay in the (county government owned and maintained) park. I didn’t see the humans, but suspect they were dining in the Outback, hopefully not with their WIC card. The horses and wagon are available for souvenir photograph backgrounds. Didn’t the County Poo-bahs recently ban livestock from the county, or some such silliness? =O

  • BoredHouseWife

    Haters gonna hate.

    Seriously, good for him. Now if more people do things like this, maybe well get a politician’s attention for a nanosecond.

    • doodly

      Yeah, it’s horse-drawn wagons that get politicians’ attentions. Not just people asking questions – those get completely ignored. Right.

  • Tom Stovall

    I think they were actually headed to the Pinkberry on Constitution… “for some answers.”

  • the native

    The hate comes from the tea party itself. You reap what you sow. The ‘tea party’ is a small minority group that promotes fear and hate mongering. They are under educated over empowered and have hijacked the national conversation for their own norrowly targeted purposes.

    • Tabby

      Absolutely correct.

    • Lou

      You just described most of Tejada’s supporters.

      • +10

      • CW

        Yup, it goes both ways, sure does…fringes are fringes, regardless of what side.

      • Dan

        And yet he is essentially running unopposed ?!?!

        • doodly

          So run against him.

      • OyeComoVa

        Tejada would like this guy, he doesn’t smoke …just a little chaw in the cheek. Theoretically he could camp out in the smoke-free County parks!

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  • Awesome but are they going to pick up all the poop — horse and human?!

  • Strom

    When I turn 69, I will need to get me one of those 33 year old “travel companions”.

    • doodly

      Nothing better for attracting the young chicks than a horse-drawn cart you can race down the highway at 5 mph.

  • R.Griffon

    Maybe this is the new hipster trend. Will we soon see posts to tie up your horse outside of Clarendon bars? And what happens if you “drink and ride?”

  • This political stunt is absolutely dangerous – for the horses, for the carriage drivers, and for the heavy traffic that cruises 60 mph on a road designated as 45 mph. I was on RT 50 today and saw them; I was not amused. It’s a tragedy waiting to happen!

  • CarsSuck

    How do I report a covered wagon stolen from my farm in FARMVILLE? Stolen 6 weeks ago, suspect last seen eastbound Arlington Blvd.

  • jessica

    This guy actually stopped at our business one night and stayed without our permission on his way to dc. AND HIS HORSES $#!T ALL OVER OUR PROPERTY! THEN HE LEFT IT AND DIDN’T CLEAN UP AFTER HIMSELF.
    way to go!


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