Blackfoot, Idaho: Journal Entry 18

Today’s ride into Blackfoot is on a highway jammed with traffic. As usual, the traffic is moving very fast, but is much heavier than we have experienced in the past. I guess most of the traffic is headed to the INL. I find a place about 9 miles from Mark’s place to wait on Bill. The reporter for the Blackfoot Morning News meets us here to interview Bill. After the interview I drive into town and find a place to wait for Bill. The place I choose to stop is next to Les Schwab tires and behind a small Mexican Restaurant. While waiting I decide to get something to eat. I wish I had written the name of that restaurant down because it was good food.

When Bill catches up we decide to put the horse into the trailer rather than face the traffic in town. We’re not sure where the fairground is or how far and we are at a major intersection. I reset the trip odometer to keep track of the miles. When we arrive at the fairgrounds, I see that it is about 2/10 of a mile farther from the fairgrounds to the main intersection than where I picked the horse up. That is good, because it means that Bill can start from the fairgrounds and not loose any mileage. We won’t have to go back to the point of such heavy traffic to begin the ride again.

We take the rest of the evening to do some laundry and to meet with Mark again. He invites us to a place called Stan’s. It is close to the fairgrounds and there are a lot of friendly locals there. This is the type of networking that will help us get the message out regarding our journey.

Tonight we will sleep in the nose of the trailer once again. I am beginning to get accustomed to the pallet I lay on, and get a better nights rest now. Luckily, there are showers we can use in the RV Park here. That goes a long way toward making the day better.

Today is a big day. The news crew from KIDK channel 3, a CBS affiliate will interview Bill. He can’t meet us until 9 a.m., but the wait is worth it. After the interview we are on our way toward Pocatello. This will most likely be a short mileage day because it looks like it’s going to storm. As I wait at the first stop about 9 miles out I notice a bank of very dark clouds and the wind is beginning to whip. I can hear it moaning as it blows through the power lines along the highway. What an eerie sound. I hope the weather holds until we get some miles down today.

Bill arrives and just as he gets here, it starts to rain. At first, the rain is light, and then when it really starts to come down we put the Blackie in the trailer to keep him and the saddle dry. We use this time to have some good old Vienna sausage and crackers for lunch. It’s not bad with a few pickles and cheese on the side. While we are eating and waiting for the rain to slack up a reporter from the Idaho State Journal calls and wants to talk to Bill. We arrange to meet him in about an hour at the tribal casino on the Fort Hall Reservation. I guess this is good timing, as it doesn’t appear that it will stop raining any time soon.


Dear Bill, Blackie, and the gang!, Thanks so much for taking the time to stop in a visit with our 6th grade classes today! You created a real "buzz" in our school on this beautiful Friday morning in wonderful Wyoming! We will be so excited to follow your amazing journey across America as we study Wyoming History and find out how we are all "connected" on this globe, this continent, this state, and in this city we call home! Thanks again, for bringing your story to us today! We were proud to be a part of it all! Mrs. Burg 6th Grade Teacher Kemmerer Middle School