Arriving in Bruneau

Not to be confused with the “Return of Bruno” 🙂

Steve is out of cell coverage again, but was able to make a call from a pay-phone to Diane last night. He had just ridden into Bruneau, Idaho and was heading out of town a couple miles to the Bruneau Dunes State Park, home of “the largest single-structured sand dune in North America, with a peak 470 feet above the lakes.”

That’s a pretty big dune.

His plan for today is to make it to Twin Falls, getting a little closer to the center of the state. He should be riding along the Snake River with some pretty cool canyon and valley views at times.

As a side note, I’m not sure if he realizes, but there’s a chance that he’ll be riding through the town of Bliss today. Besides the fact that everybody wants to live in “Bliss”, it also happens to be the home of the Archie Boyd Teater Studio, the only Frank Lloyd Wright house located in Idaho. Archie Boyd, Frank Lloyd… hmmmm.

Anyhow, today would be Frank’s birthday, which is the reason for finding all of these crazy coincidences. I would recommend checking out this article on the Teater Studio, it has some cool pictures of the house and some scenery shots of what Steve might be looking at.

California!!

Ok, so I talked to Diane today and she sounds like she’s having fun! She went to Beverly Hills and Hollywood on Sunday I think. And then went to Laguna Beach today. It was cool for her to see some things that she remember from her childhood. Just wanted to let everyone know her status! I’m sure she’ll update you with some interesting experiences!

As far as how it goes on the home front, it’s extremely quiet. I’m amazed at how little the phone rings when my parents are gone! But other than that, things are good.

Public Libraries

When Steve left, he told everyone that he was going to try and stop in public libraries along the way and use any available internet connection to check the website and post his stories. There’s been a few problems with that plan:

  • Silver Creek, OR – Steve was there on a Wednesday, library is only open on Monday.
  • Burns, OR – Steve rode through and stopped for breakfast, library doesn’t open until noon.
  • Ontario, OR – Steve was there on a Monday…. the only day their closed.

The lesson learned? Everybody in Ontario drives to Silver Creek on Mondays when they want to go to the library.

p.s.— An update on Wagontire. Steve says that the new owners of the town are still looking for somebody to manage it. A retired couple is holding down the gas station, and working for free, but that’s not a long term solution. Candidates must enjoy long periods of solitude, staring at gas pumps all day, and an occasional visitor traveling cross-country.