We finally managed to make it out of Pacific time and into Mountain time. After leaving Spokane, we've not really been doing a whole lot in terms of team programming. We haven't had a friendship visit in about 4 days, but hopefully we've got one coming up soon. Also, let me address something really quickly: with most of our friendship visits, we are not allowed to take pictures, so I probably won't be posting too much in the way of the people I get to interact with. I will say, however, that the visits have been amazing - in Spokane I got to hang out with a little girl named Sarah who was absolutely awesome. We got to see the variety show the Arc of Spokane County made, a hilarious and dramatic reinterpretation of some popular movies (Ghostbusters, Alice in Wonderland, the Lord of the Rings, etc.). I literally laughed out loud about 20 times - these people are amazing. Also, at one of the sponsored dinners, the owner was a classic car collector:
Since Spokane, we've had several fairly easy bike rides (on mostly flat ground). We got into Idaho, the state of beautiful mountains and terrible weather. It was cold (around ~45 degrees) and rainy every day we were in Idaho:
Today we had our first real challenge in about a week: scaling Thompson's pass:
We ended up climbing about 4500 feet total today over the course of 73 miles. It was extremely tough, but we at least made it through Idaho. Now we're in Thompson Falls, MT, and we are nearing our next day off in Missoula. I've gotten word that in a couple of weeks we'll be getting massages in Jackson Hole; words cannot describe how excited I am for that. In the meantime, we'll be doing more friendship visits and hopefully seeing some more amazing views. That's all I've got for now - I'll update when I've got more to share. Hope everybody has a good weekend and a great Father's day!
P.S. - the moment you've all been waiting for...my unbelievable tan lines:
This is after 2 weeks. I can only imagine what it will look like after 2 months.
P.P.S. - if you want to see more pictures from the trip, visit the official Flickr of Push America