The Great Trek: The Last Day


Idaho: Where the elevation exceeds the population. -unknown

After a night of “moseying” I got up early and did the same thing I did the previous few mornings and made my way back to I-90. Even though Billings was pretty I was ready to get to Coeur d’ Alene. I guess it really started to hit me somewhere between Boseman and Bute that I had only seen a few pictures of the city that would soon be my home. There was this choking sensation in my throat like a sickly kid in school ingesting  peanuts. The enormity of this spontaneous move started to sink in because in 7 hours I would be in a city were I knew no one, had no place to live and school and work didn’t begin for another week. But, that’s how I do things. I do them as risky as possible.

Well, after an hour of making whimpering and wheezing sounds I calmed down and tried to take in some of the great state of Montana which, not surprisingly, was unbelievable. Then came the rain. But not before I stopped for gas and saw Burger Time! I have heard of these but never have I laid eyes on one. And now I have. Sorry about the bug guts.

I didn’t take too many more photos because the last leg of the journey really became hairy between the rain, mountain passes, construction and the 75 mph speed limit that didn’t let up at all. I was trying not to ‘fuck the dog’ with only a few short hours left in the trip. Can you imagine driving 2300 miles and wrecking with only 10 miles to go while trying to take a picture of trees? Almost happened.

Well, I battled the harsh weather over the mountain range and at the peak of the mountains I crossed over to the last state of the leg, Idaho. I was in the upper part of the great mistake, er, state and the next stop was the city of Coeur d’ Alene. Like a bomber pilot on his/her last mission, all I wanted to do was park and say that I made it with no incidences. And in 45 minutes I was able to do just that.

After a few moments of breathtaking beauty, as seen above, I took the City Center exit and made my way towards the visitors center so I could get a list of hotels and possibly a tip on where to get a couple of beers. That’s always of importance to me. I’m Just being honest. So I pulled in to the parking lot, stretched and walked up to the steps of the visitor center.

I don’t know why, but I was a little disappointed I didn’t have a welcoming committee awaiting my arrival. I imagined the mayor, Miss Idaho, a rodeo clown and a member of the local Native American tribe, all standing there with a basket of coffees, fruit and a ‘Welcome To Idaho’ t-shirt. Nope, it was just me and a dirty car.

So, the lady at the help desk did just that; she helped me. I found a Comfort Inn to shower and unpack a little and then I walked around the city center keeping an eye out for any welcoming places to drink a couple of cold ones. It was pretty chilly out too. Forgot to mention that I was wearing a sweater.

Foof! I look spent and I think that is with good reason. I found this really cosmopolitan bar called “The Beacon” that was full people in their late 20’s early 30’s. I didn’t stick out too much but I felt alone. Jim Morrison really hit it on the head when he sang “..people are strange, when you’re a stranger. Face’s look ugly, when you’re alone..” I suppose the bartender felt a little bad for me because my tab was cut in half and she gave me free shots. Who said pathetic looks don’t go far? Anyway, I made my way back to the room, grateful that the trip across the country was over, turned on the TV and drifted off to the theme song from Cheers. I want to go where everybody knows my name…

So, that wraps up the trip but I have been here for a few days and there is so much more to tell. I’ll keep these posts rolling. But for now I will leave you with a little known fact about Idaho. Above every urinal there is a head butt dent. I never knew that! And….now you know.

22 thoughts on “The Great Trek: The Last Day

  1. Cool /and funneee trip synopsis dude. Oh by the way, you didn’t get free shots for looking pathetic, K? You got them for your hotness buddy. (but you knew that didn’t you. 😉 Thanks for the urinal fact.

  2. hahaha at DC’s comment…but seriously why is there that dent? Should I be disturbed?? And I’m sorry there was no Miss Idaho at your arrival, but it’s a small state right? I’m sure you’ll run into her and get her number…or maybe the number of the rodeo clown…whatever floats your boat 😉

  3. The ending is a happy one which I like. You said you wanted a welcome to idaho shirt but if you wore one you would welcome everyone around you to idaho and I don’t think that would be a great shirt. Maybe just one with mountains and trees and things like that on it that says idaho on it. A sweatshirt would be better because you would get your mileage out of it.

    Don’t you love the scenery? We have rivers around here that when we have a great weather day (we have them, trust me) you can go fishing, wind surfing, boating etc. which is nice. Everytime you take a road trip you see trees like that, it’s comforting to me but I think it’s because I grew up here.

    I am looking forward to your next blog, I want to know that you are settled and you aren’t regretting your move. I have an online friend that 2 months ago moved to south korea to teach korean students english for a year! So you didn’t move too far. BTW he loves the kids he works with and he is soaking up culture everywhere he looks, he’s quite happy.

  4. You made it, you made it!!! Congratulations. I have every bit of confidence in you that you are going to make friends very quickly. All you have to do is put your blog address on a business card and start handing them out. People are going to be all, “This Veggie Macabre and his fitness site are hilarious and I have to be friends with him.” Okay, this might be a slight exaggeration…but only slight. I tend to do my exaggerating early in the morning.

    Anyway, the pine tree shot was really cool and you taught me a new phrase (fuck the dog)…I think I figured it out from the context and I’m pretty sure it’s a bad thing.

  5. Yay! Glad you made it!

    I agree with Sweetiegirlz comment…. I don’t think pathetic is what got you the free shots!

    Just remember… everyone here knows your name 😉

  6. So I’ve gotta ask, when you stopped at Burger Time were you chased by giant Hot Dogs, Eggs or Pickles? Ok, that was a lame video game reference I know but someone had to do it!

    All kidding aside I am glad you made the trip safely and I hope you get settled in soon. I know given your personality you’ll have a ton of friends in no time, and remember what Girly said here everyone knows your name.

  7. Sweetiegirlz: Aww, Thanks. But you haven’t seen my pathetic look. It works.

    DC: I think the top one. If it was the other than I would be impressed that it could dent drywall and that high. Dude would have considerable skills.

    Amy: My place will be ready by this weekend but where I am staying is for the next blog post. It’s odd to say the least!

    Romi: You should be disturbed. It looked like a drunk Idahoian thought it would be a good idea to smash his head while peeing. Perhaps it was kidney stones?

    SH: I am on your border! I won’t stay a stranger.

    Goob: You too!

    Allison: I’m glad I can pass on a few sayings from time to time. It’s a harsher way of saying ‘screw the pooch’. It’s also funny to hear/read you say a 4 letter word. I might be a bad influence. I’m sorry Matt.

    Girly: It is nice to come home to my internets family. 🙂

    Dan the Man: Burger Time! I remember!

    Thanks all for you kind words. It has been fun chronicling this trip. There is much more to come. I have plenty of pics too.

  8. Oh Bill!
    Don’t be worried.
    I’m excited for you.
    So few people have the guts to just say FUCK IT ALL and shove off to some unknown destination without any fear.
    I would love to be one of those people, but the last time I did that I wound up curled in the back seat of an Envoy in the parking lot of Circus Circus in Reno.

    Enjoy your anonymity for now Bill. I am mildly envying you.

  9. Whoo Hoo!! You made it! I’m sure you’ll get situated quickly and meet lots of new friends (I sound like my mom). As blech as Idaho was in that there wasn’t much to do, I met some of my very best friends there. And it was fun to try and be creative to find things to do. It’ll be fun and I’m excited for you.

  10. kristiane: Seriously?!?! He has to bring me a box or two when he comes to visit!! Especially because I am hoping for a halloween themed little get together when he visits. Man this is just getting better and better lol!!

  11. Wow my work bestie moved to Coeur d’ Alene to settle down and have a baby a couple of years ago. She loves it, btw.

    Congrats on the move! Glad you made it safely 😀

  12. Even though it’s always pretty scary to pick up and move to a completely different place, I can say that I’ve had an amazing experience doing just that. It’s great exploring a new place and meeting new people. You’ll have an amazing time and anywhere near the Pacific Northwest is bound to be great!

  13. I nominated you for a blog award! The rules state that I notify you by putting a comment on your most recent blog post.

    Also, I agree with everyone above – here, everybody knows your name. I’ll be Cliffy, you can be Sam.

  14. Goob- They have chocodiles all around the west coast, but finding them is like the needle in the haystack. Also, you can find them at one store one week, and then they’re out for a year.

  15. Once I moved from New Jersey to Rome Italy. I don’t think the culture shock was any greater than what you’re experiencing. But it’s probably going to be worth it for you like it was for me. Tanti auguri (All the best).

  16. I am so e-proud of you for having the guts to just pick up and go! Glad you made it in one piece, I seriously can’t wait until I get to do the same thing from Toronto to NC (except I’ll know people, so I’m not as brave as you :P)

  17. kristiane – huh, I grew up in Portland Oregon, and I live in a different part of Oregon now and I have never seen one sold in this last several years. About 5 years ago I went to California for a month and I am kicking myself now for not looking for them. It was about 10 months or so before Matt wrote about the wonderful thing that is a chocodile. Oh well I guess it’s not the worse thing in the world. If I ever feel like a real big spender I can have the guy that sells them on ebay hook me up.

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