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Friday, June 20, 2008

Bruce's Blog--Day 20--Crossing The Continental Divide

Bruce Trowbridge points to train in background in Wyoming

Climbing at this stage of the journey practically epitomizes each day’s route. We’re now up to 7,000 feet in altitude just over two-thirds of the way through Wyoming.

There were quite a few signs that said, “Continental Divide.” Crossing it is exhilarating! Pastor Alan from Laramie notified me that there is a 1,200 foot climb coming up and that I might want to prepare myself. From that point on, it should begin to flatten out a bit.

It’s not everyday you see someone running through Wyoming via the interstate, so if it seems uncanny to truck drivers, you can’t blame them for pulling over and asking if everything is alright. We’ve had quite a few already pull over and ask if we need a ride or help in any sort of way. They were quite amiable! One of their names was Tim, ironically. After I told him what we were doing, he said “Wow, good luck! I better be off now. I have to regain my position.” I found that rather amusing because everything is like a race out here.

Both the biking and two running legs went very smoothly today. The shoulders at particular points were challenging, but I was able to maneuver around them.

I thought you might like to know that the prairie dogs around here are daring. I almost ran over one. I don’t really want to imagine the visual as to how painful a wreck that might be. I could only imagine what I would say when someone asked why I was all scuffed up. Perhaps, I would say something like “Those massive animals you have roaming around here will get you if you don’t watch out!”

Another obstacle en route was this quarter mile long tunnel through which I had to go. There was no other way around. If a person is to pass through by any means other than a vehicular device, they have a designated shoulder. It was probably the most petrifying experience on the entire trip because I was riding my bike at this point and I had to walk across the elevated, twelve-inch wide shoulder with my bike by my side. I don’t know how I managed without falling, but I did and I thank the Lord for keeping me safe.

As for our journey, I will be taking two days of rest starting tomorrow and Saturday.

We are sending 1,000 bracelets to Potter County for people to be a part of the chain link. Each bracelet represents one mile on the trip.

We have about 1,500 left for en route and are accepting donations for them of any amount. All of the proceeds will be going directly towards Provisions of Life. They will be dispersed throughout various locations of the area.

I’ll have one blog capping both days of rest on Saturday. We’ll see you Sunday! May God bless you!

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