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out under the stars or in a barn. T at didn’t stop some townsfolk from stopping them at night for dinner— outdoors, of course. Bud and Temple only set foot indoors to pick up grocer- ies and supplies, and in case of emergency, such as when Temp fell ill. While in Toledo the

boys heard news of other people at tempt ing the cross-country feat. T ough it isn’t known whether the challenge was open to anyone, it was believed that the boys were the only ones who were able to win the cash prize. Many speculated that the other contestants were competing to try to set the record themselves. Some people were trying to jog the dis- tance while others were at empting to cycle it. One man by the name of Rogers even at empted to fl y the distance in a Wright biplane. Unfortunately, the others in the challenge were dropping out at a quick pace. It was quickly determined that Bud and Temp were the only ones leſt in the running to complete the challenge. T e boys made excellent time during the fi rst part of their

trip. T ey had their fair share of challenges with the weather, escaping crowds and even a run-in with a bull. T ey followed all rules to the let er, and the chances of them making it within 60 days were considered strong. Bud and Temple had heard of the dangers of traveling

through the Great Salt Lake Desert. In their eyes it was the Sahara. T e fi rst day of traveling through the desert was brutal. T e combination of unrelenting heat, never-changing scenery and going without seeing any animals or people took its toll. Upon awakening the next morning, they discovered that their horses were gone. Bud had forgot en to hobble them the night before and apparently Wylie and Big Black went to fi nd water themselves. For two days the boys were stranded in the Great Salt

Lake Desert with only a small amount of water and food. Bud proved again his job as a big brother by taking charge of rationing the lit le food and water they had leſt . “T e heat was unbearable, and Bud was downright miserly with our food and the last few swallows of water,” said Temple. “I would have fi nished off both the food and water in a minute, if he’d let me, but fortunately wasn’t that foolish.” Circumstances were grim and soon they decided that if they couldn’t fi nd the horses the following day they would have to at empt to leave on foot. T ankfully Bud found Wylie on the morning of the third day. T e boys rode double to the next town where they miraculously found Big Black. He had made it to town and safety before they did! Aſt er regrouping, the boys again set off for the shores of


Bud on Wylie Haynes and Temple on Geron- imo. T is photo was believed to have been taken back at their ranch at some point be- tween their second and third adventures. Cour- tesy of

San Francisco. T e rest of their journey went fairly smoothly except for Temple falling ill to a can of bad tomatoes. T ey had to rest while Temp’s stomach set led, which took another half a day off their ride.


Bud and Temp fi nally made it to San Francisco in 62 days,

two days over the time limit. Bud was disappointed they didn’t make it in time, losing out on the $10,000 prize, but both boys had learned a great deal during their journey. As Temple said, “I’d learned that bulls like Stetsons, that no horse lives forever and that Post Toasties are a good cure for tomato fever. Surely such lessons were more valuable than money.” As they arrived in San Francisco they excitedly galloped

along the shores of Golden Gate Park and emptied the fl ask of water from the Atlantic Ocean. T ousands were there to greet the boys, along with their father and family. To this day Bud and Temp’s record of 62 days has yet to

be beat, though many have tried. It is obvious that the boys had a whole lot of character. Before they leſt New York, Teddy Roosevelt said to them, “I want to see you game, boy. I want to see you brave and manly, and I also want to see you gentle and tender. Be practical as well as generous with your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground. Courage, hard work, self-mastery and intel- ligent eff ort are all essential to successful life. Alike for the nation and the individual, the one indispensible requisite is character.”

Savannah Humes is a freelance writer based in the beautiful Inland Northwest. T ough currently between horses, Savannah is an avid equine enthusiast with a strong interest in natural horsemanship. She has a particular weakness for paint horses and saddle mules,

and enjoys trail riding as her principle equine activity in rural northeast Washington.

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