Man on cross-country horse ride suffers heart attack, recovers at server’s home

Reported by Terry Bulger on Nashville’s

It’s ‘Feel Good Sunday’ and nothing warms the heart better than an honest act of caring and concern as outlined in this unique story, today.  Keep the faith.” ~ R.T.

Doc Mishler - courtesy of WSMV-TV

Doc Mishler – courtesy of WSMV-TV

MANCHESTER, TN (WSMV) – Jiffy Burger in Manchester has been a memorable place to eat for more nearly 50 years. But for a cross-country traveler who visited there recently, the memories he’ll take home go far beyond the burgers and fries.

wo weeks ago, 79-year-old Doc Mishler stopped at Jiffy Burger, leaving the horse he rode in on outside.

In Gunsmoke garb with a Marlboro Man look, Mishler grabbed a booth in the corner. Tracy St. John took his order and listened.

“Lots of people refer to me as a coast-to-coast cowboy,” Mishler said.

Mishler is a long rider, a person who rides across America on horseback. He’s done it twice.

They loved him at Jiffy Burger, posting pictures to their Facebook page before saying goodbye.

“Figured I’d never seen him again,” St. John said.

Back on his horse, Mishler made his way to Murfreesboro.

“So I’d been having chest pains and either it’s going to go away or I’m going to die,” Mishler said. “And it kept going away. Well that morning, it didn’t go away.”

Mishler suffered a heart attack and was transported to the hospital. He has no home, just his horse.

St. John found out through Facebook. She called the doctors and offered her home for Mishler to recover.

He’s been there for 11 days now.

“It’s renewed my faith in the human race all across the land,” Mishler said.

St. John’s father’s farm was good for the horses, and her mother has been cooking for Mishler.

“He’s gained 15 pounds since he’s been at Mom’s house,” St. John said. “She cooks constantly.”

Mishler is now back in the saddle and getting ready to continue his ride. St. John offered her truck, but that’s not the cowboy way.

“He says, ‘Cowboys don’t ride in trucks, they ride on horses,'” St. John said. “So he’s determined to ride out.”

Mishler will pick up his ride where he left off and hopes to be in downtown Nashville by Tuesday night.

Click (HERE) to view the video story at WSMV-TV

9 comments on “Man on cross-country horse ride suffers heart attack, recovers at server’s home

  1. “A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.”
    ― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


  2. Thank you for sharing these “Feel Good Sunday” stories, RT, Geri, & Grandmagregg! I’ve been across country to & from 6 times, albeit in a car or truck since 1985. And I agree that America is changing at a rapid pace. Several of my trips I was all alone with my pets. It would would be life changing to take trips on horseback, I’m sure.


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