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The Rollins Pass portion of Kevin's Point of View is one of my favorite parts of the book. The action is fierce and Scratch, who has five people crammed into his Jeep, is doing his best to get away from Devin. I'm particularly proud of the passage below. :) The photo is about where this scene takes place (the building in the photo is the old school house for the ghost town of Tolland) and Rollins Pass is somewhere on top of the mountains in the distance, as is the Continental Divide.
"Flipping the car into first gear, he dove off the highway and blazed west across a meadow. Everyone bounced around inside the Jeep like super balls in a blender as Scratch aimed the car toward a narrow gravel road on the other side of the field. He reached the road seconds later and accelerated over the gravel surface as he shifted through the gears."
And this next bit describes their turn onto Rollins Pass Road. When you look at the video below you'll realize the roughness of the road and the sharp switchback they had to maneuver to avoid Devin.
"“Turn!” Kevin yelled, interrupting the argument as Devin’s helicopter dropped onto the road in front of them. Scratch slammed on the brakes, jerked the steering wheel to the left and launched the Jeep off the road into a lumpy field, missing the helicopter by only a few feet. Somehow he managed to keep control of the rampaging car while it crashed through fences and soared over small ditches. After several seconds he hit the gas, wrenched the steering wheel hard right and bombed back up onto the road. He shot a glance in the rearview mirror and saw the helicopter rising off the road. Scratch frowned and turned his eyes forward, aiming the Jeep for the switchback that was only seconds away. Without thinking he locked the brakes and spun the steering wheel to the right. The Jeep slid sideways down the road until it reached the switchback where the back end of the Jeep pivoted around pointing their nose up the hill. In a cloud of dust Scratch stomped on the gas and tore deeper into the mountains."
Sorry for the long update, but I have to show one more thing. The photo below shows where Scatch's Jeep gets swiped off the road in an avalanche. This is an old railroad grade (well over 100 years old) and it's amazing this trestle is still in place. Also below is part of the passage that describes the avalanche.
"The avalanche swatted the Jeep from the road as if it were a speck of dirt and sucked the car and its occupants into the chute carved out of the mountainside. Countless slides had regularly scoured out the chute and they plunged unhindered into the valley in a jumble of snow and ice and soil and rocks. As the Jeep swirled and bobbed inside the thick slurry of snow, Kevin marveled at the fluidity of the avalanche. For brief moments they would shoot above the waves of snow where he saw flashes and blurs of the trees lining the sides of the chute before they were sucked back into the white. Currents and eddies pitched, spun, stopped, tipped and thrust them in every direction."
The area is so large that the only way to get any kind of decent perspective is from Google Earth. The drop to the valley below is over 1,000 feet. Here's an image of the same area taken from Google Earth (you can see the thin ribbon that's the Rollins Pass Road on the right).
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