In this day and age of electronics, fast cars, and get there in a hurry, there is one kind of "Uber" driver out there who is bucking the trend. His Uber ride is just one horsepower -- in the form of a Morgan horse. His Amish owner, Timothy Hochstedler. will give you a ride in his buggy anywhere you want to go in Colon, Michigan for just $5. It is quite a deal.
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Colon has a small Amish community that the locals are used to, but now they have a chance to try a ride uin one of the familiar buggies that they see when the Amish come into town. Visitors to the small village are more likely to be the ones to try the service and are thrilled to get this taste of local heritage.
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The Amish are well known for not embracing technology and modern life. This is deeply entrenched in their religious beliefs and devotion to God. Among the things that they choose not to use is the motor vehicle. Therefore horses are essential to their lifestyle. Along with the horse is the iconic square, unadorned black buggy that is their main form of transportation. Of course, this means that there is no cell phone app to summon Hochstedler. You have to flag him down much like taxis in the old days.
"First time Uber and we're riding in a buggy!" said one passenger with a chuckle as he and his family try out the service.
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Hochstedler started getting his business idea because he liked the name Uber. I suppose this is not surprising ince the Amish have Swiss German roots. The name Uber comes from the German word über, which means about (it can also mean "over"). So he decided that while he was out and "about" he could earn some extra money with his horse and buggy. The "English" population (non-Amish) get to experience a small taste of Amish life and hear the stories that Hochstedler has to tell. It also gives them a chance to interact with a friendly horse. Something that used to be a part of our daily lives.
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Hochstedler's buggy service is just popular enough that he may just bring back the horse as a main form of transportation. Of course, most communities don't have an Amish population, and without that most cities and towns don't allow horse traffic on the streets. But a horse-lover can still dream, can't she?