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There could be two possible answers to this question. In chapter 8, Bud and Bugs are both in the Flint Hooverville. Their plan is to get to California by hitching a ride on the train. Bud misses the train, and he is forced to rethink his options, which is where chapter 9 begins.

Bud heads back to the library, and once he is there, Bud figures out that it will take him 24 hours to walk from Flint, Michigan to Grand Rapids, Michigan. The following chapter sees Bud beginning his walk to Grand Rapids, and Bud will eventually get there with some help from Lefty Lewis. Bud's goal is to find his father, but that goal ultimately fails. Calloway isn't Bud's father; however, he is Bud's grandfather.

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