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05/30/2003 Entry: "Just outside of Mckenzie Bridge, at the foot of Mckenzie Pass"

Hello again boys and girls, kiddies and kiddettes, old folks and youngin whipper snappers, and the rest of y'all good 'ol readers of this here oddessy of ... uh... stuff.

I'm am currently using an extremely slow internet connection supplied to us by by The Redmonds who were kind enough to let us strangers stay in their yard. We've had a good night spent playing with their dogs, children, and eating pancakes. Pancakes are hard to make on a camp stove. Don't do it.

The reason we had pancakes was to prepare us for the giant 4,000 foot climb up Mckenzie pass. Yes, we're going up and down the 5,000+ plus mountain pass tomorrow. Currently it's gated off and no one is really sure if it's passable at all due to snow. However, the other possible pass, Santiam pass, is 20 miles longer and has more traffic. We're going to risk it. We were told mostly likely it's still closed off due to downed trees and hillbillies and things like that, and there is probably only snow in the shadows. Lets hope, because none of us want to carry our bikes through three feet of snow. We figure worst case if the pass is impassable we'll ride back down, camp here again, and take the evil Santiam pass instead. Wish us luck.

Last night we stayed in Eugene, Oregon and met Andrew, the manager of the Flying Clipper. We were juggling outside of the library (where the last Journal entry made from) when his friend, Praise, showed up and started juggling with us. Soon Jeremy showed up, and we whisked away to the shop. There we hung for awhile and then we spent the evening in Andrew's wonderful backyard. We slept among gardens, cats, and chickens. In the morning his cat made us coffee while Andrew juggled six chickens with his mouth and his Girlfriend, Marietta, led the fig trees in a rousing sing along of "Bumblebee Tuna." It truly was a magical place where apples grew on trees and monkeys.. uhh.. did stuff. We also hung out with Fred, the crazy biker juggler who's cool, and who we can't thank enough.

That night we did our first pseudo performance and actually made some money. Yay for not being hungry. We also weren't eaten by bears, which was also incredibly good fortune. We don't like being bear food. Thanks to all in Eugene, you've made me really want to move there. We really felt welcome and we dug the "help out as much people as you can" ethics you all have going on. Thanks.

PS: Morgan rode a small 4 wheeler (ATV) tonight. No one died, and he still has all his limbs. Yay!
Pictures of the people you've just read about and the pass will be uploaded when we have a faster connection.


Replies: Leave us a note! (2)

Mark, congratulations on your first "earnings" for juggling/performing. The journal entries have been very good, although I did hold my breath through the long one about the accident, since it was lengthy and "who" was injured was not mentioned until the very end. Good Luck with your uphill/downhill ride tomorrow. Since I haven't seen snow in many years, throw a snowball for me when you are on top. Good luck and love to you, will continue with the prayers, Aunt Nancy

Posted by Aunt Nancy @ 06/12/2003 09:01 PM CST

Tell Jesse that Mike called his cell phone and left him a mesage. We are leaving for Oregon tomorrow at 3 and it takes about 9 hours. You will be in Mitchell, right? My cell phone number is 712-269-9935 if someone could call and let us know exactly where to go.

Thanks!!!! Be careful!

Posted by Jodi @ 06/12/2003 06:36 PM CST




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