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We are here, We are here, We are here Mon Aug 15, 2005 8:25

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:46 pm    Post subject: We are here, We are here, We are here Mon Aug 15, 2005 8:25 Reply with quote

Well we had no signal last night and also no internet access so our mothers were afraid we had been eaten or died of thirst but we are here. Tonight we are in Juntura, Oregon.

But let me catch you up on the activities of yesterday. We got a good start in the morning and had 14 miles in before we got to a church in Vale. We went to the Vale Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed a service in a small town church. After the service the song leader and another couple took us out for lunch and then after lunch the song leader also took us to a grocery store to stock up as the people were very helpful in letting us know the the coming terrain was desert and not much else. We ended up going the southern route on highway 20 to avoid some of the mountains of highway 26. The folks at the church said there would be a few more towns that way. They did tell us we wouldn't hit a sizable town for about 3 days which is now 1 1/2 days from where we are. We went a total of 37 miles yesterday and slept in a school in Harper, Oregon. The local convenience store proprietor knew everyone by first name and was kind enough to let us know that the principal of the school had made the school available to hikers and bikers throughout the summer. It was a very nice school and nice to not have to set up the tent. For supper Matt and I split 2 quarts of ice cream and some powerade.

Now to get to today. We walked all day through a canyon with the sun beating down on us. To make it more interesting the road was newly paved so the heat coming from the ground, the heat from the sun and the heat from the walls of the canyon made it very hot. We did find a mountain spring fed fountain of cold water at just the right time to refresh ourselves and refill our water bottles. Later on in the day a couple from Michigan stopped to talk with us and share cool gatorade and powdered gatorade. They also took a picture of us to remember us by. We saw maybe 5 houses today total and are at "The Oasis" in Juntura. There is nothing for 35 miles each way so we will probably see if we can set up in an RV park that is connected with the resturant. We are hoping for some public showers as we feel quite dirty tonight. The river running along side of us looked very inviting and if we don't find showers we may need to jump in the river.

We will be in the pacific time zone sometime tomorrow so we will gain an hour. We hope to be in Bend, Oregon by Saturday night which is the next large town anywhere. The countdown is on, we are 12 days from our goal.

Thank you Tony for getting the bracelets in the store on our site. Everyone needs at least 5 of these they make great Christmas gifts.

Well I have a burger and fries waiting for me inside the Oasis and my stomach says it must be ready so thats it for this time. Keep the comments coming we appreciate the encouragement. Still looking for the rest of the states that haven't signed in so if you have friends or relatives in any of them please have them post a comment.

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