Another Scary story ending in peace and luxury

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Our Lady of Peace retreat center

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Monday, May 3, 2010

May 3, 2010 woke up at 0600 had my coffee and read my bible had my prayer time and posted my status for the day on facebook, breakfast of waffles, orange juice and coffee at Super 8 motel. This is a free breakfast at Super 8 motels. This particular motel had a heated pool which I did some swimming in last night. I have done absolutely no exercise this entire trip so I thought I would take advantage of the particular amenity. It also had a hot tub so it made me feel somewhat at home, missing my Jacuzzi bathtub. Any way got on the road by 0830 and stopped for gas and to my complete surprise it was full service wow almost thought I had a husband for a second. Very nice young man who also washed my windshield and checked my oil???? He explained to me that it is the norm for Oregon. wow!!!!!!!!!! Now I am on my way. What an experience. Now I knew that Oregon had lots of rain and I also knew that it had lots of mountains but I was not at all prepared for the winds unbelievable winds gusting up to 60miles per hour as I drove along a mountain edge with the Columbia river at my right side. I was soo filled with terror, thank God for John Michael Talbot and his songs about trusting in God, fear not for I am with you through it all be not afraid. This was soooo bad for me that if I could have afforded to pay to be airlifted out of my misery I would have done it, the truth is that there was no turning back because what was behing was worse than what was ahead. So on and on for hours. No place to exit then finally the Golden arches of McDonald's appear and I stop in so shaken that I had no appetite but just needed to regroup, there was a motel at this exit so I did have that option but there was no guarantee that tomorrow would be any better and it might even be worse. I tried to call Cathy who usually can calm me down but no answer, I had already talked to Greg who was helpful and really helped me to see that it was still early in the day and I could stop for a while or even stay the night. I saw a couple with 3 children in McDonald's who appeared to be traveling so I asked them which direction they were headed and they said east, perfect so I told them I was headed west and just came thought the worst weather I have ever experienced and they said you have been through the worst of it. The area you just came through is very rough it is called The Dallies. They said the completion of the trip would continue to have rain but not the wind and no more steep mountains but the river would go with me the rest of the way. So back in the car I go praying my way toward "Our Lady of Peace" retreat center and finally after fighting traffic in a busy city I arrive to find a glass of red wine a basket of fresh fruit and the best room in the house waiting for me. The sisters were amazing as have they all been along my journey. I sometimes wish I were called to that life but no back to reality, my call is to the family. I had a wonderful home cooked meal with Sister Therese preceded by evening prayer and the rosary. Next a wonderful talk with Sister and then off to my beautiful room. It is named St.Cecilia's room and I had to call my sister in law  Ceil to let her know. I took very few pictures during this journey as my hands were glued to the steering wheel and there really were very few places to pull off and it was pouring down rain. What a day but I will post the pictures I did manage to take one of which is the nice young man washing my wind shield and then some of some wild flowers back in Pendleton and then a view from side of the road by the McDonald's and the rest are of the retreat center. Bye for now.
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Don Dassel on

Wow, you sure have had some experiences, and been at neat places and met wonderful people. Something to be with you for a lifetime.

I am sure that the wind had to scare you quite a bit, I was going to say, 'scare the hell out of you', but doubt there is any in you, he-he.

I have never seen St Francis at the crucifix, I love it, may need to get one.

What a way to start your West Coast southern journey, What lies ahead????

pndcadena on

Drive safely and take your time let God be your guide. he has created a lot of beautiful scenary between there and here. We will be looking forward to seeing you soon.

Larry Hartman on

Hi!! Finally got this computer to work. Henry got in my room and I couldn't find your instructions. We have a beautiful country don't we. Your pictures are great. I guess your New York driving experience helped in the snow. Aren't you getting sick of waffles and orange juice? Just kidding. I hope you are having a wonderful time.

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