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When I left you, I was just entering Astoria, Oregon.

I continued on through a whole lot of Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and finally: New York.

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