(Photo credit: Van Redin/Warner Brothers Television)
After my first day in Hell’s Canyon I posted a photo and said that while I was impressed by what I saw, I was disappointed because it wasn’t what I was expecting. I also posted a photo which I interpreted as Hell’s Canyon giving me the finger because of my poor attitude, and speculated that there might still be hell to pay. Well, there was.
Towards the end of that day, as I drove east towards the Snake River (well…. reservoir) and was about to cross into Idaho here is what happened. After driving for quite a while on twisting mountain roads to get up to and down from the Hell’s Canyon Overlook it was a welcome relief to get on a nice smooth, level highway. I was driving along at probably 45 or 50 miles per hour when I noticed a sign that said “Speed Bump, 5 mph,” and no sooner did it see it when BOOM, I hit it. No warning grooves in the road, no rumble strips ahead of it, just a sign that basically said “Hey, you’d better slo…… BOOM”.
I was going to go back the next day to see exactly what the speed limit was and how far ahead of the first speed bump the sign I saw was, but I never had time. But I did feel that this was swift revenge exacted on me by the Canyon for my unflattering thoughts.
For those of you too young to understand the photo reference, it is from “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV series from the late 70’s. Brothers Bo and Luke Duke drove around in their orange Dodge Charger called the “General Lee”. At least once per episode their car became airborne as they were being pursued by Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, or his deputy Enos.