Schizophrenic Lands (Day 1: Issaquah to Salt Lake)

Trip Start Apr 04, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Trisha's house

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

    Our wedding was incredible.  It was an awesome experience to have so many family and friends with us to celebrate our union.  I simply have no way to express my overwhelming gratitude and praise for the community that came together in the days and week leading up to that wonderful event.  
    The following morning we met Kirstin's parents and aunt for easter breakfast at iHOP (no bunny reference intended.)  Then it was back to the house to pack the car and leave at 8am.  8am turned into 11:30am with a litany of incomplete chores and loose ends yet to be tied up.
    Our honeymoon consists of a month long read trip in a car that is packed beyond recognition.  Gone is the little zippy dodge Neon that is both comfortable and, in general, a pleasure to drive.  In it's place is a little red bubble of mobile suffering.  Our seats are completely upright and moved too far forward.  Behind us, resting in comparable luxury,  lies the last of our worldly possessions.  We've packed and shipped everything that we own, save the items that are irreplaceable or could not be shipped.  We've got art, furniture, kitchen appliances, a weeks worth of dehydrated food, three computers, two bicycles, one pair of fuzzy handcuffs and far too many random pieces of our lives all riding behind us in the torture bubble to describe. 
    The car is packed such that the spare motor oil, rain-x, and Armour all are all wedged into little cracks and crevices underneath the hood.  The shoehorning of the remaining pieces of our lives into this, formerly enjoyable, ride requires that the single gallon of spare fuel be nestled beneath the passengers knees.  After a thorough reassurance to Kirstin that this gas can would not leak, we left the house with the car heater on.  Umm, not good, don't do that.  We were experiencing our own petrochemical environmental disaster, soaking a bit of our carpet and requiring that the windows be down and a vacating of the leaking plastic bottle of potentially explosive fuel from our passenger space.  Whoops..., couda, woulda, shoulda...
    Anyways, the potentially deadly situation aside, we were on our way to Salt Lake City through some really confused territory.  So far on our adventure we've passed through Dead mans pass, the town of Bliss, and Gooding county.  We've driven past both Devil's Canyon and Pleasant Valley.  It seems to me as though this area of the greater Northwest interior of the country is going through some kind of Geo-emotional schizophrenic confusion.  Given my level of intrigue and interest in this perceived emotional kaleidoscope, the trip for me, so far has been some little bit of an emotional rollarcoaster.  
    After hours of mildly uncomfortable transport.  Driving into and through Boise, Idaho brings to mind, what I imagine is like driving a Flintstones car - without the paddling feet/no floor thing. 
    The weight of our load reducing our suspension to that of any common log and that the interstate seems to have not been resurfaced in over a decade of heavy traffic and harsh winters our lower backs, butts and necks felt both very tight and very tender. 
We've now found ourselves, whenever we vacate the car, not wanting to return. 
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Monica on

Hello newlyweds,
What a great and well written blog entry! I'm so excited and thrilled for you both. Happy to know you are on the planet, doing wonderful things and being wonderful people!
Many blessings,
Monica and Benjamin

Carrie & family on

Congratulations you two! Nothing to try the patience of a new life together than a roadtrip of epic proportions!
We'll see you in NC - can't wait - there will be a least a little more space for you both to stretch your legs!

Safe travels...

Kevin Benedict on

Wow! so sorry to hear that any sort of torture bubble is in your world!
The pictures are beautiful.
Had a great time at your wedding like everyone. Thanks for letting Cory and his drivers stay. Many blessings, Look forward to hearing more.

Cynthia on

Ah, the joys of road trips...advice from one who doesn't take this particular piece but can dish it out like a pro: savor the journey :-) LOVED witnessing your unique and special day and looking forward to seeing you in my neck of the woods soon!

Jorji & Terri on

Shane, it was GREAT to meet you...We are glad that our stop-over afforded you a blissful night of sleep and relaxation...We pray for safe travels in the US on the rest of your trip, and safety on your journey to your new home...Love you....

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