August 23, 2011

26 East

After months of anticipation and preparation, I checked the roof racks on the Syncro one last time, said good-bye to my mom and left the Gorge heading east.  With my brother Tim sitting shotgun, we pumped “The Weight” as an homage to Easy Rider and cruised down highway 26 at a steady 63 mph.  I rolled down the manual crank window, put on my sunglasses and enjoyed the dry air.

Taking turns behind the wheel, we took the in the scenery and headed towards Colorado by way of Oregon, Idaho and Utah.  Sticking to the back roads,  we moved slowly, camping by night on BLM land and cooking our meals at rest stops and state parks.

Open Country.

300 win mag near the John Day River in Eastern Oregon.

Brush fires in Southern Idaho.
Bruneau Dunes.

Modern navigation.

A barn in Central Oregon.

John Day River Valley.

Dinner by Tim, mug by Snow Peak.

Does any one know what kind of snake this is?

Sunset on I-84.

Gas can, dry bags and 14 gallons of water.

Tim on a morning hike.

After four days ,  1100 miles, and 57 gallons of gas, we finally crossed over into Colorado from southern Utah.  For the next few weeks, we are cruising around CO, backpacking, fishing and enjoying the mountains.

Here are some more links,

26 East (Picasa),

John Day (Picasa),

Utah (Picasa).


  • August 23 , 2011

    Seriously stoked on what you’re doing mate!

    I’ve been following your site for a while now and sitting at my office desk, it’s always an inspiration to get out and make the most of the precious time that the weekend affords us. I’d love to get over to The US from Australia one day, but you do make it hard by constantly adding to the list of destinations that seem like they’re a must visit!

    Keep living the dream and I await to see where you’re adventures take you.



  • August 23 , 2011

    All I can think of right now is Dumb and Dumber.

    “That John Denver is full of shit!”

    Happy trails mate!

  • Wes
    August 23 , 2011

    Hey Foster this is great man! Really loving the scenery you’re coming across!

  • August 24 , 2011


    Those photos of John Day make me homesick for Oregon…thanks for sharing those. I remember going to Fossil nearby as a kid for astronomy camps in the summer. So peaceful and simple out there. Best wishes on your trip.


  • August 24 , 2011

    Looks like a gopher snake. Or maybe a bullsnake, which is a kind of gopher snake. Do you have any other pictures of it?

  • August 24 , 2011

    The drive from Logan Utah to Boise Idaho is my least favorite drive in the whole country.

  • August 24 , 2011

    im sure there is some great stuff in australia, i have always wanted to go down there. my mom likened my travels as a walk about.

    those are you skiis, both of them?

    I went to omsi camps at handcock field station too. i think we are talking about the same place. anyway, its a gorgeous part of the state. im happy to have the opportunity to explore it.

    did some googling and concensous is that its a gopher snake. it was laying in the middle of the road and my brother and i thought it was dead. we stopped to investigate and saw its tongue move. i was getting ready to pick it up. it scared the shit out of me,

    that stretch is great. what highway do you take?


  • August 25 , 2011

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for your pictures and PLEASE don’t ever stop blogging and posting more pictures of stunning America!!! It has been my dream in this lifetime to travel there. I am so grateful to be living in such a wonderful country as Australia but for some reason (reincarnation and similar things I suspect) I choke up when I see an open highway in the American countryside. Such a great honor to see your holiday shots.

  • Jesse
    August 25 , 2011

    Definitely a gopher snake

  • August 25 , 2011

    snowpeak mug…$49.95

  • benjamin
    August 31 , 2011

    thought you might enjoy this video of aquatic syncro’s, retrofitted in south africa at syncrohospital.