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Day 40: The Pacific
The last day of our Connecting US 20 adventure started in Eugene, OR. Sal and I took another side trip off US 20 for an in-studio interview with KLCC Radio’s Music, Arts, and Culture host Eric Alan. We had a great time talking with Eric and look forward to the broadcast of our interview early next week. Eric is going to notify us when the interview will air and is going to post an extended version on the Web after the original interview airs. We’ll pass along the info when we get it.
From Eugene, we backtracked up I-5 to Albany where we left US 20 the night before. Traveling the stretch of US 20 from Corvallis to Newport that we have covered so many times Sal and I talked about our trip, what we learned, and what comes next. It was a good time for reflection as we drove from the sunny Willamette Valley to the clouds and mist of the Oregon Coast.
We arrived in Newport at 3:52pm, 8 minutes ahead of schedule. A group of Coast friends (Kathy, Rand, Rhonda, Jill, Nolle, and Tom) and Sal’s daughter Tessa and her 4 children awaited us. Let the celebration begin!
The next hour and a half was a blaze of color and activity. Using the colorful cheesecloth, we celebrated around the “US 20 Boston 3,365 Miles” sign in Newport. A professional photographer friend (thanks Jon!) was there to take the “official” pictures of our return. We'll get those in a few days and will publish when we do. Meanwhile, we’re posting some of the ones a friend and I took.
From the sign, we moved to Nye Beach to complete our Atlantic to Pacific journey. More celebrations with cheesecloth and the finale with our toes in the Pacific. (Still processing the video so like the “official” photos we’ll post the results in a day or so.)
We arrived back in King City a little after 10pm, the end of a long day and our bicoastal adventure.
Thanks again to our Facebook Friends for following our adventures. Your positive comments and support throughout our trip gave us fuel to keep going. Super thanks go to Barbara Sherman at the Regal Courier for her great articles, the Newport Visual Arts Center and Oregon Coast Council for the Arts for all their local promotion, to the Libraries and our library hosts for their gracious assistance, and to the many interesting people we met along the way. All affected us in positive ways.
Last but certainly not least, thanks to our dear departed Gracie Strom, who inspired our sense of community and to whom this project is dedicated.