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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Bruce's Blog--Day 9--One Down, 12 To Go

Bruce and Tim Eat Pie At Starlight Cafe

Firstly, I would like to apologize for the hiatus. We just crossed a desert more than 120 miles long, which left us without cell service for 119 miles of it. Photo Gallery.

After camping for the night, I saw an unexplainable amount of people traveling down a street on which maybe two people, three at best, lived. My curiosity got the best of me, of course. What would you know, there was a church at the end of the road.

I thought it was a grand opportunity to spread the word, so I went to the car, picked up a packet of brochures and walked down the road to introduce myself as the people were pulling in for their 10:00 A.M. worship service. What good natured-people they were. They offered us to stay for their potluck dinner after the service. Unfortunately, my stomach wasn’t feeling so well, so I had to pass and have a light breakfast.

Nonetheless, I conversed with everyone upstairs in the sanctuary and shared our story. It was a perpetual thing. Whenever I told someone else, another would soon listen in and I would again tell them. Thank you Harper for your generosity!

It was only two miles into the day and we left the Pacific Time Zone and entered the Mountain Time Zone, which means we are only two hours behind the east coast.

Today’s most notable events include completing the enormously long desert, indulging at Starlight Cafe, petting friendly horses en route, and conquering the great state of Oregon. I finished crossing the desert on bike and came into a town called Vale.

Approximately ten miles before that, I saw there was a cafe at the beginning of the town on our GPS, also known as Gallion It was called Starlight as I mentioned and phenomenal. They are famous for their pie. It was on the house and absolutely delicious. They have exclusive rights to say they make the best pies all around, except that of apple, which goes to Tim’s mother. She makes the most delectably sweet apple pies known to man. Go Debbie!

By the way, Tim actually got burned just from sitting in the car. I put 50 SPF on and that didn’t seem to be working, so I upgraded to 60 SPF. (So far, so good!) I must say now the running leg was a bit strenuous for the day simply because I was exposed to genuine desert heat and humidity. To give you an idea of how hydrated I had to be, I drank an entire 12 ounce bottle of gatorade every mile until I reached Ontario.

I found that being able to pet horses along the way was fun, so that was just another thing to keep me trucking along. For the grand finale, it was only two miles from the entrance of Ontario to the Idaho border, and wow was I happy to reach that after an enduring 8 days of travel.

Thank you so much everyone for your continued prayers. The Lord has kept both Tim and I safe throughout this journey and may we, through Him, touch lives as make this venture. Goodnight and I’ll see you in Boise, Idaho tomorrow.

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