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Monday, June 2, 2008

Bruce's Blog--Day 2--Let The Trip Begin--6-1-08

Bruce Trowbridge
There is no other way to express the first day’s journey in terms of nature other than “utterly picturesque.” The hills here are massive, incredibly lush, and out right captivating. The grass looks like something from the shire from a Tolkien novel, and the sky, well let’s just say I saw the sun once since I’ve been here. I’m not going to complain though because the air was crisp and the overcast shielded my body from the sun’s UV rays quite well.

Anyway, the day started out very well with 15 miles of running. Immediately after which I got on my bike and rode 25 miles. The biking was a bit difficult at times because the shoulders of the road in many areas were only as wide as my body or so it seemed.

Half way through my biking route, I was able to pass through a tunnel. There was a button we had to push in order to cross. When the light comes on, it instructs oncoming drivers to slow down to 30 miles per hour or rather 20 with me.

After I biked, I began my last 10 mile leg and within the first two miles, my bursa began to act up. Unfortunately, about two weeks before this venture, I had what they call “Iliotibial Band Syndrome.” It’s where the bursa becomes inflamed and the Iliotibial Band rubs up against it, causing a great discomfort. The longer you go the more intensified the pain becomes. It’s not very enjoyable, and if you’re not careful, it can cause serious problems.

So, I decided that it would be best to finish the last 8 miles out on the bike to make it to our first destination. My knee is still very sore, but I will be paying special attention to it tonight by icing and later applying heat. Please pray that my knee will heal and that I can finish the 25 miles in running.

I will be back out on the road at 7:00 PST in the morning. We are now staying with Arthor Noxon who graciously invited us earlier on.

I hope you enjoy the video footage and pictures we have compiled for the day. A picture may say a thousand words, but seeing it first hand is indescribable for a reason. It strikes you with awe and wonder.

I would also like to say that we don’t have a place to stay tomorrow, so if you’d like to take us in, that would be wonderful. We will arrive in Finn Rock, Oregon tomorrow between 3:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. I know it’s only the first day, but keep spreading the word and let people know our goal of $1,000,000. Thank you all of those who have made donations and God bless!

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