State #42

Hank – We left the Cherokee Baptist Association campground at 8:00 this morning. The temp was in the 30s but the sun was quickly warming up the day. We had a lot of climbing ahead of us.

We had little to no shoulder on US Hwy 62 so we were extra careful during the climbs and the curves. We stopped in Westville, the halfway point to Fayetteville, Arkansas for lunch. After leaving Westville we had two miles to the Arkansas border. State #42 is in the books.

We continued on highway 62 through Lincoln, Prairie Grove, and Farmington. Traffic picked up a lot once we reached Prairie Grove. In Farmington we had a bike lane for a short while and then we were taking the right lane.

The only driver issue we had all day was near Prairie Grove. I was riding on the shoulder. Someone in a Jeep made a point of honking at me and then flipping me off through the sun roof. There must be something about me that brings out the best in people, eh?

By the time we got to the hotel we had covered 51 miles. It was a tiring day for me. I suspect I did not hydrate as much as I should have.

Kathy – We started our 51-mile ride in 32 degree weather. The campground dogs wanted to follow us all day, so we had to raised our voices so they would stay on the property rather than get hit by a car following us on the main road.

The temps quickly warmed to the mid 70’s with the sun shining brightly. We had very little wind today which was a welcome change. Our ride went very well…without all the crosswinds that we have been facing the last week or so.

We enjoyed the pig races we witnessed during our days travels. There must have been 30-40 pigs that started running away as we approached. There were all shapes and sizes of pigs but my favorite were the little piglets. It was so adorable to see all the pigs run down a dirt path to avoid the stranger-danger of us on bikes. Today’s pig racing was a first for us.

We continued on our ride today rolling up and down inclines throughout the day. Our elevation totals were somewhere between 2,500 – 3,000 feet today. I was fine (slow but fine) with the elevation today because we did not have all the winds to hinder us.

We made it to the hotel this afternoon,cleaned up and walked to a restaurant nearby. We had a wonderful dinner and relaxed the remainder of the evening. 💗

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  1. Be careful out there 🚴‍♂️🚴‍♀️
    Our prayers continue to fly in your direction

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    1. Thank you, Matt. We think of you and Loretta often.


  2. You know you are in the Bible Belt when a Jake brake is a Jacob Brake.

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    1. I’d never seen them referred to as Jacob brakes so I looked it up. I learned that there’s a Jacob brand of compression brakes and that “Jake brakes” evolved as a generic term.
      But it does have a biblical sound to it.


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