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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bruce's Blog--Day 18--Oh Wonderful Wyoming

Today we woke up bright and early because we knew that in order to make up for yesterday’s running leg, it would require quite a bit more time.

It always seems that whether we get up at 6:00 A.M. or 7:00 A.M., we can’t get on the road until 9:00 A.M. Fortunately, these are the longest days of the year. Even with that advantage, though, I was a few miles shy in both the biking and running legs as my goal was 34 for running and 80 for biking. The obstacles for the day included construction sites and rough, slanted shoulders. I would say rolling hills, but that was expected and more of a challenge. I was determined to make it but dusk beat us once again.

At the day’s end, I totaled 30 miles of running and 70 miles of biking. (11 hours of moving) I would have to say the highlight of today was crossing the Idaho/Wyoming border. I’m sure the video will exhibit that pretty well. While we were on the border, we walked over to this ranch and saw a few horses. We pet and fed them for a while.

It reached 90 degrees for the day and it was so humid it was visible in the air; consequently, I drank fifteen 20 fl. ounce bottles of gatorade. Upon entering Wyoming, I saw my first miniature wild fire and surprisingly a dust tornado. I was rather intrigued.

We stopped in Kemmerer to get a quite bite to eat and learned that this is the mother place of J.C. Penny’s. We took a picture, so check it out! I noticed as I was biking, I was getting closer and closer to the clouds. There’s no wonder why as our highest elevation is now 6927 feet.

We finished the day in Opal, which is pronounced (oh-pale). It was almost completely dark by the time we arrived, so we asked a few locals if they knew of a place we could set up camp and one of the families offered us a place to stay for the night. Of course, we accepted and are very grateful. Thank you Kevin and family.

I am in disbelief at how quickly time seems to escape us, so I best be getting some rest for tomorrow is yet another long journey through the “Wonderful Wyoming.” Lord willing, we will reach the 1000 mile marker tomorrow.

The Lord has truly blessed us on this journey! May He bless you all too! Have a wonderful night.

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