… “The three next days were a repetition of the two first. The incidents were, the meeting of the trains, selling the milk, and the care and exercise of the cow, [plus] the overhauling of my wagon and seeing that everything was ready for a move. While here, the people were kind to me.

“I wanted the blacksmith to reset my wheels, but on examination he advised me not to have them touched. I had him make me several bolts as my whiffle-tree and transient-pin were well worn, so that I should have others when they gave out.

“While I was here, I was interviewed by the local reporter who said, ‘Stranger, I wish to ask you a few questions, if you have no objections?’ ‘I have no objections; go on, sir,’ I replied.

“‘Where are you from with this outfit: horse, carriage, cow, and dog?’ asked the reporter. ‘I am from Eureka city, Humboldt county, California.’ ‘About how many miles have you traveled?’ ‘About seven hundred and fifty, to reach this place. From Eureka to San Francisco, is three hundred and eighteen miles; from San Francisco to San Jose, is forty-seven miles, and from there through Stockton, Sacramento, Gold Run, back to Colfax, Grass Valley, Nevada city, Graniteville, Webber’s Lake to this place.’ ‘But you have been nearly three months in getting here,’ said the reporter. ‘Yes, but I have not traveled half the time, I have stayed over more days than I have traveled.’ ‘About how long will it take you to accomplish this great undertaking?’ asked the reporter. ‘About six months.’

[“The reporter¬†replied,] ‘You think you can make this long journey, do you?’ ‘I do, sir; and time will tell.’ ‘You are the man to do it, if any one can,’ said the reporter. ‘How soon will you leave this place?’ ‘I intend to leave tomorrow morning, early.’ ‘Will your cow be able to travel so soon?’ ‘Well, I am going to try it; if I see that it is too much for her, I shall rest again. From here to Wadsworth is about thirty-four miles and I will take two days to travel there.’ ‘I suppose you have your road marked out before you?’ said the reporter.

[“I replied,] ‘I have. I intend to follow the Central Pacific Railroad to Ogden. I do not intend to leave it any distance, in case any serious accident should occur to me, I shall have the railroad to fall back upon.’ ‘Well, stranger, I hope you will succeed, if you do, you will stand on the top ladder of fame. Goodbye,’ said the reporter. ‘Goodbye, sir,’ I replied.

“I returned to my camp, fed my cattle, got my dinner ready and ate it. I put the wagon together, tried the bolts, and found everything in good order, ready for my start next day. In the evening I allowed the cattle their liberty, but they did not wander far, and kept their eyes on the picture; by which, I mean my wagon.” …