My nephew Hayden and I volunteered to wash down the mules at the halfway check-point. We hitched a ride miles out into the desert with a rancher from LeGrande. We filled huge tubs with water, block ice and giant sponges, then settled in to wait for the first mules to gallop in. Paul and his mule MacGregor (on left), were one of the first to rush into the check-point:
Paul removes MacGregor's saddle so the rest of the crew can cool him down with ice water:
The task is done and off they go for another 13 miles:
Paul won third place in the race. The next couple days we watched the rodeo and hung out with the mules. We all slept in tents pitched in an empty stalls at the end of this row.