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05/30/2003 Entry: "Halfway, Oregon"
Well, it turns out we got internet access today after all. We have the picture thing fixed, so hopefully within an hour of this post you'll get to see days and days of pictures. (from Eugene to current) Make sure you click all around so you don't miss any of them.
As you already know we stayed in Baker City last night with the director of the library. It was great. We did our first real show run through for her parents, friends, and grandchildren. We even broke out some of our fire props. They really enjoyed it. We hung out with the other bikers that I mentioned, but we won't be seeing them again since they are heading south. Good luck.
We left early this morning in attempt to beat the heat but failed. Around noon it was 111 deg F in the sun and 80 something in the shade. However, we had really nice roads to ride on so it wasn't so bad. Then we hit the climb out of the canyon. It was only a few miles long but it was extremely steep and very very hot with no shade. (I don't care what anyone says, we are in a desert.) That was brutal, but we are finally done. We made it in to town about 20 minutes ago (1:45pm aprox) and beat the peak heat time that happens between 3 and 6pm. I can't really imagine it getting much hotter, but the locals say otherwise.
Tomorrow we get to venture into the even hotter Hell's Canyon. Yay. Wish us luck, and thanks to all of you who are leaving comments and donating. We really enjoy your support.
(note: the others riders will begin making journal entries again soon)
Replies: Leave us a note! (6)
Mike- from all of us at AATI- we're glad to see you're still kickin' and haven't run into too much trouble. I saw a t-shirt of monkey inspirations yesterday and thought of you. I hope you have some good pirate stories to tell us when you get back. Good luck and keep petal(pedal?)ing.
Posted by Kelley Harrigan @ 06/19/2003 03:39 PM CST
Hey Guys! We're enjoying the trip you are taking us on here in our family room. The stories and pictures are wonderful! Sorry to hear of Ryan's mishap. Hopefully he can join you again soon. I'm especially refreshed when reading about the "nice" people who have crossed your path. Thanks for sharing life on the open road with all of us. Our prayers are with you.
Posted by Chery Sayers & Doug Sayers @ 06/19/2003 02:04 PM CST
when is norm going to make an entry? is he too good for journal entries or what?
Posted by DJ @ 06/19/2003 09:33 AM CST
Hi, I am Mark's aunt and I live in Tucson, AZ. It was 103 today and 107 yesterday. If you boys & girls are not using the bathroom, o.k. roadside, every couple of hours you are dehydrated and you MUST consume more liquids,ie, WATER!!! Just because you are not sweating, is not a sign of needing fluids. Please take my advise seriously and start with MORE WATER. O.K. Mark, I won't embarrass you any more, end of lecture. Your journal entries are great and I have really enjoyed them, plus the pictures. Now I have the map book out and I am following your "adventure". Take care of one another, you all are in my prayers, Aunt Nancy
Posted by Aunt Nancy @ 06/17/2003 11:02 PM CST
I'm Josh's aunt, writing from the middle of another desert--the Chihuahuan desert of El Paso, Texas. Hang in there in the heat, wear lots of sunscreen and drink lots of water and sports drinks.
Posted by Elaine Hengen @ 06/17/2003 09:38 PM CST
Keep on Keepin' on!!!
Go Go Go
Can't wait to hear more of your exciting stories!
See you on RAGBRAI
Posted by Big Game James @ 06/17/2003 08:05 PM CST