Joined: 22 Sep 2005
|Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:43 pm Post subject: Moon Monsters Have Left the Craters of the Moon Sun Aug 07,
|Brandon and I have been self-proclaimed "Moon Monsters" since our high school days of cross country. Last night we camped at the Craters of the Moon campground, which we figured was a great place for Moon Monsters. Even though it was around midnight, getting a campsite was easy as it was self service. We went to a board that showed all the campsites. Sites that were filled had a paper in a plastic sleeve. All we had to do was pick an empty site, fill out the paperwork, put it in the sleeve and then drop our money in the locked cashbox. Once we had our site, we set up our tent on the small pebbles and sand that made up the campsite.
Actually the whole area was a little odd because of the unusual terrain. As we walked toward Craters of the Moon we passed about 20 miles of ground that was covered with black lava rocks that sucked up the heat. My dad said the rocks are basalt.
This morning we were back on the road at 9 a.m. For much of the time, the temperature of the Strollometer was a blistering 120 degrees. After about 25 miles of desert-like terrain of sagebrush, dry grass, and the occasional tumbleweed, we reached civilization again in Carey, Idaho. We were so thirsty that we couldn't pass up a restaurant called the Watering Hole. Water was really important to us, and we drank three large pitchers of water at the restaurant.
Before we left Carey, we stopped at a gas station and bought food and 32-oz. root beers.
After weeks of no service, our Ogo worked which allowed us to once again check our e-mail.
Today we met two bicyclists who have already biked from Maine to the Pacific this summer and are now biking to Salt Lake City before flying home.
After walking 33 miles, tonight we are camping in a woman's yard (with nice watered grass) in Picabo, Idaho. As she has unlimited national minutes, she graciously let us use her cell phone to call home.
Brandon has calculated that we have 640 miles left to go; that is good news to me. Finishing by August 27 looks very doable.
The August 3 Eagle Herald photo really made us look "ripped." We loved it and wished we really looked that way!
Brandon asked readers to post and identify the state they are from. People from 14 states responded: Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan—U.P. and L.P., New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. Thanks to everyone who posted. We loved hearing from you and hope readers from other states will sign in soon.