[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 5th This morning at day light A company of 10 men was dispatched on foot to overtake the ox teams & stop them untill we should come up As our Horses was breaking down. From A Bord stuck in the ground. we learned they had stoped 5 days for us & killed & dryed 30 Buffalo Cows & were still about one week ahead of us.
We travled to day 13 miles & camped opposite Ash hollow. We have constant fine Beautiful weather to Journey in. The grass is getting dry & not much substance in it & our Horses are failing upon it. I am thoroughly convinced that oxen are far Preferable to either Horses or Mules for such a Journey esspe-cially if they return in the fall. Distance 13 miles.
[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]