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BUD AND TEMPLE ABERNATHY, AT THE AGES OF 11 AND 7, RODE ALONE AND UNAIDED CROSS COUNTRY IN 62 DAYS—A RECORD THAT STANDS TO THIS DAY


BY SAVANNAH HUMES ONE


-hundred years ago, two promoters created a chal- lenge for two famous young rough riders. T e two riders would have to cross the United States in just 60


days. T e journey would be a long and arduous one. T ere would be many dif- fi cult times in which the two riders were faced with dangerous situations, emo- tionally and physically. On top of this rigorous journey, the two riders were not allowed to sleep or eat indoors. For 60 days they would be riding alone. For 60 days they would not have the comfort of a bed or meals indoors. Aſt er fi nishing the ride in 62 days, the riders may have lost the prize, but they won the hearts of America and set a world record. Who were these two diminu- tive daredevils? T ey went by the names of Louis “Bud” Abernathy and Temple Abernathy. T e twist? T ey were only 11 and 7 years old respectively.


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