We're Ever So Close Now!

Trip Start Aug 18, 2008
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Thursday, September 25, 2008

This morning we started out like we generally have been since hitting the road, a little later in the morning so I would have a chance
to write the blog for the previous day and Steve could have a bit of extra sleep. Gonzo sleeps all day in the truck and then keeps us awake most of the night once we get into the hotel. He seems to be resigned to the fact that
Cocoa is not with us. The first day he cried a bit when we got in the truck and he didn't seem to know what to do, he just was so lost looking. Yesterday, he wandered around a bit when we got into the truck, but settled down quickly. Today, he just went into his carrier (which we keep open) and went to sleep.

Last night we had decided that since it was not very far, we should try to go to Snake River Canyon where Evil Knevel attempted to jump the canyon. We got to the Perrine Bridge and could not believe the sight. Last night while traveling to Twin Falls, the landscape was completely flat for miles. Out of nowhere, we discover only three miles away from the freeway, this bridge goes over the canyon.

Steve had pointed out below a golf course and immediately we knew that Jeffrey in Huntsville should see a photo of the amazing location. I have included one shot to share with you all...(Dave S. - You should arrange a trip here with your friends instead of South Carolina). The course looks like a tough one, but who and I to judge, the person who does not golf.

Speaking of Jeffrey in Huntsville, I hope that Shadow has come home. He and his wife Tanya had the same thing happen with their cat as we did with Cocoa. Their cat Shadow went out with their other two cats for a morning stroll and did not come home when the others did. Our prayers are with Shadow for a safe return home to you both.

While walking across the Perrine Bridge, Steve saw the ramp where Evil Knevel attempted his jump. We decided that since we had to cross the bridge any way to turn around for the highway, we might as well go to see if we could get a better view of the ramp (a dirt mound if you ask me). So we did and we got closer - and I trespassed to get some additional photos of the canyon.

We now needed a pit stop before going on the road, so Steve decided that we should just go to the information centre instead of the gas station...what a great choice. I found that I could see the ramp much better and went to go take some photos of it. As I was walking on a path to go under the bridge, I noticed some guys putting on parachutes (very small packs). It turns out that this is one of the bridges in the US where it is still legal to BASE jump without a permit. I asked for permission to take their photos and as they jumped off the bridge, I was able to get some great shots.

What an exciting morning for us and although it will make the day longer because we spent a much longer time than we expected to at Twin Falls, it was very much worth the delay. Who knows when we would ever get another chance to see such a spectacle live?

The rest of the drive today was interesting, again breath-taking scenery that we got to enjoy throughout the day. From mountain views to fields of cows, we enjoyed the journey.

We are presently in Richland, WA at the Comfort Inn. We are happy to be landed for the night. We had a light dinner here at the hotel after taking a short walk near the hotel. We passed by a pet store that had several kittens playing in a window display. They were so cute, but it did make us miss Cocoa.

Before I forget, we wanted to say a belated Happy Birthday to Dave W. - we were thinking about you on the 23rd.

One last note for today, we wanted to give the award for the best drivers on the trip so far to the residents of Salt Lake City. Every one
of the cars driving the freeway at the same time as us signaled to change lanes - we were duly impressed. Congratulations on having such great road manners.
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dkfitziefr.dart on

hi colleen&steve great pictures from evils great stunt,very exiciting as i as millions of others did, watched it on tv.,what a blessing that you are seeing sights io a lifetime on your trip of a lifetime ,i'm very happy for you and very proud of your courage & sense of adventure [ what 's new ?],thanks for keeping us up to date on your progress...leaving today for corner brook nl. by car & boat so should be a great adventure, will be back in touch when we get back monday ,take good care of yourselves& watch the other guys!!love you and miss you ,love,dad xoxo

trish-ny on

The gang's all here
We're all still here with you and are glad that you are close now. Bet you can't wait to see home. I remember Port Moody. What a great place to start. Can't wait to see what it will bring for you guys.

We finally have the house finished. Just tonight the floors were finished. They look beautiful. And I have to take pictures before my camera is gone. It's already sold so will be shipped next week.

Love you guys.


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