Nevada and Oregon

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ByDeb

Yesterday was the most difficult day so far – even worse than Wyoming, which was a walk in the park comparatively. There are a lot of mountains all up in the way when driving to the Oregon Coast and not a lot of ways to get across them.

We could either dip way south and drive up, or drive way up and come down. OR! Look – the map shows a teeeny, tiiiiiny red road that seems to cut across to exactly where we want to go.

Note: No more teeeeny, tiiiiiiiny red roads on the Adventure.

I have lived in Colorado my whole life. Mountain passes ain’t nothing but a thang. Until yesterday, when we were cruising along on our little two-lane, no shoulder, no traffic tiny red road, blasting Lenny Kravitz and all of a sudden encountered a sign that said 10% Downgrade Next 6 Miles.

NOW we were on a little two-lane, no shoulder, no traffic tiny road that was covered in snow and ice and had a very scary drop off about 3 inches away. And we were going down at what felt like a 45 degree angle.

Oh, and no guardrails. What’s up, Oregon? I gotta pay extra because I’m not allowed to pump my own gas in this state, but you can’t spring for a few guardrails?

I moved the car from Drive to 3. Then to 2. Then to Low. I white-knuckled it down the side of that freaking mountain going 10 miles an hour, chanting to myself “just don’t look, just don’t look”  at the side of the cliff and telling Jim to pray.

And when we finally made it to the bottom, I burst into tears. I kept blubbering “I was so scared, I was so scared, I was so scared.”

I was, y’all. I was SO SCARED.

Thanks to everyone who has been praying for us. I felt it yesterday.

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12 Responses to “Nevada and Oregon”

  1. Fairly Odd Mother Says:

    Ohhhhhhhh. . .you drove it?!? Brave soul. I would’ve had to sit in the middle of the back seat (so I don’t somehow lean on the door, have it open and dump me down the cliff) and weep. That is so, so, so scary. My hands are sweating just reading this.
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  2. Kristy Says:

    And your husband had *YOU* drive??! There is no way on this earth that my husband would have given me control of the car in those conditions. And believe me, I wouldn’t have wanted control anyway. Sounds like ya’ll are lucky to be alive. Glad that you are now at your house on the beach.
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  3. Tressa Says:

    Oh. My. Gosh! Deb! 10% downgrade for 6 miles? 10% downgrade. I had to read that a few times. I know what that is. I know how terrible that is when it isn’t snowy and icy. Thank God for his safe keeping of you and your family.

    Side note. You may want to get some batteries. The coast of Oregon is supposed to be slammed with wind tonight. I bet it is going to be awesome to watch.
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  4. Jessica Says:

    Wow, you are one brave lady to drive down that! Glad you made it down safe!
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  5. sarab Says:

    That gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it! Yipes! What pass did you go through?

  6. hikooky Says:

    Oh my word. Please don’t ever do that again. You had me scared just reading it! I’m SO VERY glad you made it safely to the bottom! I’m with you – put up some dang guard rails!
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  7. Connie Weiss Says:

    Oh my gosh! I’ll be praying extra hard now! So glad that your safe!
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  8. Helena Says:

    I am so glad you are all safe, Deb. Just thinking of you going through that, and then in tears had me nearly in tears. Keep well.
    I love Oregon. You, in a beach house in Oregon—now that has me smiling. I am so glad you are safe.
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  9. Rose Says:

    i hate driving on mountains….I’m so happy you made it down safely but sad that you were in such a dangerous place……no more tiny roads please.
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  10. Eddie Says:

    I broke into a sweat just thinking about it. You rock.
    Eddie´s last blog post ..Holy snow, Batman!

  11. Kirsten is Comfortably Domestic Says:

    Crap! YOU were driving?! You are far tougher than I thought. Bacon Slayer would have definitely been at the helm for that driving situation. I am so glad that you are all safe. Will keep praying!
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  12. tracey Says:

    Girl! NO TINY ROADS! You scared me and I KNEW you survived! I mean, you’re writing this, right? See how smart I am?
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