Open Spaces, Blue Sky

Brothers Stage StopThe Great Basin is a different world compared to the lush woods of the Cascades. It is dry, warm in the day, and cool in the evening. You can see from horizon to horizon, the sky is blue and the road stretches on forever. Travel for Bill and Blackie has been smooth, Bill: "Each day is another 20 miles." We try to make twenty miles a day, yet Bill will stop short if he feels Blackie needs a rest. As of this time, we are about 40 miles from Burns OR. This is going to be a long post; been a couple of days since I could get cell service.

Out on the Oregon plains, on the highway between Bend and Burns, there is a small diner/ store/ gas station called The Brothers Stage Stop. Sisters Jerry and Dixie bought the place a year ago and love the freedom they have with their horses. Bill stopped in to eat and they even put Blackie up in a pen with food and hay while we ate. When we were going to pay our bill, they told us the meal was on the house!

Brothers Stage Stop Menu: "The Brothers Stage Stop has been in operation since 1912. We are currently in the 3rd building. Construction on this building started in 1941. Due to the materials shortage of WWII, construction was stopped. The building was completed in 1947.

Dust: The Great Basin

The vast expanse is amazing. The sky is clear and the temperature has gone down. The sun seemed to hover for hours, slow creeping as it fell below the horizon. But now the sun is down and only the orange glow from it remains. With each passing moment the sky fades to black.

Comments

BILL, YOUR FAMILY FROM SOUTH FLORIDA CONTINUES TO WATCH YOUR JOURNEY. DAD ALWAYS SAID ,"LIFE IS ABOUT MAKING MEMORIES". BILL, IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE MAKING SOME GOOD ONES. LOVE, YOUR SISTER VONNIE, JEFF AND GIRLS

I am checking in to this site mostly daily. to date I have told 300 people of your trip. many more on my yahoo360 blog. good traveling..marwor56

We appreciate the word of mouth, i think that we are finally starting to build up some steam.

hiya bill, a friend of mine told me that there is a sign in the clouds but you have to know how to read them. but you can write a message in the sky. well if so then i am writing one tonight. donald says hi, mike too, we are all pulling for you. oh! here is another simple lesson i learned, the water it is the life. hmmm.

My Husband and I wish we was riding with you .We go to horse camp every year for 2 weeks with our horses this year we will go up by sisters. God Bless and we will watch your travels. Wayne and Cj Pierce of Creswell Oregon

This is a wonderful way to see America, on horseback!!! I am very envious of you, I wish my husband and I had the time to do something like this. It would be a great experience and something you can relay to your family, friends as well as strangers as you are doing on here. It gives everyone a little of your experiences by putting it on here and I THANK YOU for that! There is so much war and sad stories on the news that I appreciate being able to read this. Thanks again! I did get to see you when you came thru Mountain Home, ID.
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