Friday, July 1, 2011

The Long Road Begins...

Day 14: 533 Miles
Total: 4,881 Miles

This morning we woke up to an overcast but beautiful view of the ocean outside our window. We dressed quickly and took a long walk along the beach. It was chilly and breezy, in the low 50s. Not exactly my idea of a summer day, but beautiful nonetheless. We tried to get a good shot of a distant lighthouse, but it was foggy and difficult to focus in. After walking about a mile I was able to take a few shots that turned out pretty well, a couple of which are below.

Today we began the next phase of our journey; the plan is to take U.S. Highway 20 from its point of origin in Newport, Oregon to its terminus 3,200 miles away in Boston, Massachusetts. The Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. This segment is about 750 miles longer than Route 66. The difference is that Route 20 is still a certified U.S. highway. It should be much easier to follow since all of the signs are still in place and the route appears in our atlas. So after a good breakfast the journey began...

Oregon is a beautiful state, and Route 20 is a great way to see it. Beginning with an ocean backdrop, we quickly began a climb into the pine trees of the mountains in front of us. We chuckled at the "snow zone" signs pointing out roadside pullouts for putting snow chains on your vehicle. That is, until we started seeing snow. Not a lot of it mind you, but probably as much as Brevard gets in a typical winter, let alone on June 30th. Fortunately we quickly drove out of it.

Next, we moved into a flatter area with a few hills, then the eastern half of the state was filled with amazingly beautiful rolling hills and mountains. I tried to capture their majesty as well as I could with my camera, but you really have to see them in person.

We went through a number of lovely small towns as well. The town of Vale, Oregon reminded me of Cuba, MO with all of its murals.

We entered Idaho and a different time zone at around 8:00pm tonight. We drove through Boise, which is a very pleasant looking city of about 200,000 people. We drove on to Mountain Home where we had a really good meal and are spending the night. Idaho has been mostly farmland so far; not much different than many other states. I'm expecting to see a much different sight tomorrow as we drive around the mountains toward Wyoming; our intended stopping place for Friday night.


1 comment:

Aunt Mona said...

Beautiful pictures! I'm surprised you didn't run into more drizzling rain.