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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Bruce's Blog--Day 10--Ocean City??

Day 10--Bruce Trowbridge--Journey Across The Nation


Waking up this morning was a challenge because we didn’t get to bed until 2:00 A.M. That, of course, was due to the seemingly endless uploading time and taking a few corrective measures to make sure things worked on the website.

I was finally able to wash my clothes and take a shower after not having taken one for 60 hours. Yes, that’s two and a half days and over 125 miles. I had an enormous ham and cheese omelette, a small glass of orange juice, a large glass of chocolate milk, a large bowl of fresh fruit, and two perfectly rectangular waffles topped with warm syrup for breakfast.

One would think that that would keep my stomach satisfied at least until lunch time around 1:00 P.M., but that wasn’t so much the case. Within two hours I felt as if I hadn’t had anything to eat for two days, so I had just as much as I had for breakfast about four hours later.

I had to wait because I was on the interstate and pulling off was a bit of an arduous task. I can’t say how happy I am that we’re able to travel on the interstate by bike and foot because otherwise we would have had a tremendously long detour.

The two running legs for the day were actually quite enjoyable because the first was the beginning of a new state and the second was through the well-maintained metropolitan area of Boise. Biking on the interstate, however, was aggravating and not because of the conventional reason-that being too many vehicles. No, it was something far worse at this juncture. They are those wonderful things called rumble strips. About every twenty feet or so, those horizontally stamped five strip rumble strips truly became aggravating. I wasn’t able to straddle the white line for legality reasons and for utter instinctive fear of being run over.

Nonetheless, we made it to the city of Meridian where I got off my bike and and set foot towards the great city of Boise, Idaho. I must say the interstate had one or should I say five wonderful elements about it. I saw two double rainbows and one single en route. They were captivating and probably the most flamboyant I’ve ever seen.

Nature was very kind to us today as the sunset was equally as captivating. Since it was a cloudy day, the sun’s beams of light had shone through radiantly with pink and violet colors emanating across the entire western sky. By this time, Tim and I were immensely tired, so we found a place to camp just outside of Boise, and believe it or not the only place we had to assemble our tent was on gravel.

We are truly getting the fully authentic experience out here in the west, to say the least. As you all may know, I am taking a day off tomorrow for the much needed day of rest. We’ll be back on the road heading towards Mountain Home on Wednesday, June 11th.

As I hear, the day of rest could not have come at a more opportune time because they were calling for wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour between Boise and Mountain Home.

Though I will not be on the road tomorrow, I’ll still post a blog, photos, and a video of the day’s events. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that I passed a restaurant on my way to town called “Ocean City.”

That was a very cruel trick! Well, for now I am out, and I wish you all the best.

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