Day 132

This hill is not to be taken lightly

August 5th, 2010

Oakesdale, WA


  1. Martha says:

    Would definitely choose the ramp over the steps!

    • Stephen says:

      I agree Martha. I attended San Francisco City College and there is a hill similar to this right in the middle of the campus. A serious back and knee breaker!!!

    • Norwood says:

      It’s a motocross track for crippled folks. We have em all over the place here. Most people who come here used to go to the regular track before their accident.

  2. Roe says:

    Yea, Martha! That looks too much like crossing into Jersey!

  3. len grasso says:

    I am originally from Morris County, NJ and have lived in Oregon for 29 years.

    When you finally get to Oregon, stay awhile.

    You may find you like the “Pacific Wonderland” better than your liked the “Big Apple” or the “Garden State”.

    There is much, much less freedom in the East.

    Try to wind your way through the rolling hills of Yamhill, Ore. You won’t be disappointed.

  4. Mike in Phoenix, AZ says:

    that sure is one heck of and ADA ramp. you might need a motorized chair to get to the top. don’t forget great brakes for the way down.

  5. jeff says:

    wooo nellyy….Welcome Len. I hate the garden state only because of it’s corruption and tax to death mentality.
    Each state, town, stream, corner, mailbox, tree, hill, dessert, dog, flower, weed, beat up ol car – have all shown us there beauty of where they came from. “the big apple” is like no other place in the world. There is nothing wrong with it and if you approach it differently – you will find a wonderful, majestic place.
    Matt – this picture makes me want to get out the skateboard and give it good ol try. I see the cart in the video…so did you take it on the hill for a spin?? Do tell… it for the Book with a capital B.

    thanks for the video…always lke them. Not as many birds and wind noises as North Dakota…but NICE none the less.
    Probably under 400 miles by now….the clock ticks down……One step in front of the other are our sands of time..

    • deanna valenti meyer says:

      I am a NY girl…born and raised…but now live in WA. I do love NY with it’s personality and wonderful vibe…there’s nothing like it. But, as you’ve said, there is so much out there to see and explore. I think each place has it’s own vibe and gorgeous scenery. There’s nothing like being on the beach on Long Island (memories of my childhood)…and at the same token, there’s nothing like sitting along the Columbia River Gorge and taking in the scenery. It’s a wonderful thing to get out and explore, isn’t it? And thanks to Matt…we are sort of exploring through him some places we may never get to see in our lives.

      So NEAT when you think about it… :)

    • mojinator says:

      yup. definitely a skateboard haven ^^

  6. Carla says:

    Did anyone else see the big animal starting at 6? Maybe it’s just a dog, but looked bigger… maybe bigfoot bigger? Haha

  7. Pacis says:

    What’s left…
    230 miles uphill
    260 miles downhill
    Max Elevation 2641′
    Min ” 2 ft
    Matt grows wings….358 miles.
    Matt on wheels……..498 or there abouts.
    Just out of Kennewick and around Hillsboro he’s got some upgrades of 1400+ ‘ which drop off the same. Brakes?


  8. Pacis says:

    Photo reminds me of the steps to Half Dome in Yosemite….all 10 million of them.

  9. charlie says:

    lonely cart in the parking lart.

  10. Gigi says:

    This must be so cool for those who love to skateboard.

  11. Lori in Ohio says:

    I saw something at the 9 position moving pretty fast but couldn’t make out what it was. At first thought it looks like a cow or horse by the way it is moving???

  12. Don in Tennessee says:


    I have FAITH you can make this HILL – I believe you have the secert of life!!!

    This trek for the HOBO PLANET is coming to an end to soon for us but i know you have to be tired with over 2,500 miles behind you!

    Thanks again for sharing your adventure in words and photography!

    Must do a book-please!

    • deanna valenti meyer says:

      Awww…thanks for posting that song Don…it’s been a long time since I’ve heard Faith….I think I need to get her music on my iPod! :)

  13. JuJu says:

    (it’s just a black car–Matt doesn’t need to pull out the plunger–parking lots tend to be full of them–cars, not plungers)

  14. MN Roxanne says:

    That is one hill!! It has me wondering if you went up or down it or just walked by….

  15. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Look at that nice cart at the bottom of the hill !! Did you take her down the ADA ramp for a fun “ride”?? Looks like it’s a fun place to ride down and skateboarders heaven. But to me a walkers nightmare? And can’t imagine pushing a wheelchair up that or someone in a wheelchair even getting up it.

  16. Karen Too says:

    At least it won’t take six or so hours, like that piece of rocky Rocky road a while back, and thank goodness for the ramp!

  17. Candice in Alabama says:

    It certainly is a very well landscaped hill. Nice to have two different modes of ascending.

  18. Stephen says:

    The lyrics to the old Led Zeppelin song come to mind: “And he’s climbing the stairway to heaven…..”

  19. YeaHuskers says:

    Not a sidewalk, but a dream for those interested in extreme urban sports (a la skating, roller blading, parkour, etc.)!

  20. Dennis in So Cal says:

    In So Cal that place would become an “accidental” skateboard park. They would just have to post up paramedics to handle all the falls.

  21. carol says:

    Kinda reminds me of Lombard Street in San Francisco, with all the switch backs….. :) :)

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