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Mar. 25, 2008
Save Our Snow 2008— The Trip to Tahoe & A Much Needed Pick-me-up
On our longest leg of the trip, 1000 miles from Durango, Colorado to Lake Tahoe, California we were greeted by an unlikely inconvenience which the SOS tour has never come across…an avalanche.

That's right, you try and save the snow and how does it repay you? By covering the entire road in a twelve foot wall of the stuff. The sun was just coming up over Red Mountain Pass near Ouray, Colorado when the slide occurred. Lucky for us, we weren't caught up in it. We were only the second vehicle to arrive on the scene so we probably missed it by just several minutes. No one was hurt, but this massive blanket of snow swept down the hillside and covered the road. We were stuck.

To go around meant heading back through Durango and adding five hours on to our already ten hour drive—ouch. Within an hour, Colorado DOT vehicles started showing up and after three hours they had it cleared to one lane and we muscled our way through. This turned out to be the low point of the tour. Ben and I were tired and frustrated, even Marty, looking so good and running so well since we fixed the front-end and the turbo, couldn't even cheer us up. No, it wasn't 'til we stopped in Salt Lake City when help arrived. It came in the form of two upstanding young gentleman and professional snowboarders, Scott Stevens and Roger Parmaley. They had decided to join us on our way to Tahoe and it was like a breath of fresh air.

When they got in Marty, they were so impressed, "This thing is so cool!" they said and "Whoa, it's got a coffee log burning stove!" Ben and I looked at each other and thought, "Yeah, this thing is cool! Everything is going fine, let's do this!"

So we motored through the night, rocking out to a variety of low grade hip hop, like Flo Rida and Sean Kingston, Metal hits from Gwar and 3 Inches of Blood and classics like David Bowie and the Kinks. Yeah, this is what good road trips are made of, good friends, good music, free-clean-burning fuel and lots of Clif Kid Twisted Fruit.

We got to Squaw Valley at 4am, parked in the lot and had just enough time for three solid hours of sleep. What a day!
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