"So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being." ~ Franz Kafka
My travels to Marshall, AR, went fairly well and I arrived there early in the afternoon. When I stopped for lunch at Ferguson's Country Store (http://www.buffalorivertradingco.com/) near the Buffalo River, which, by bicycle, is a few hours from Marshall, I called the Jennings House (http://www.thejenningshousebedandbreakfast.com/) in Marshall, AR, to see about a room for the night. There wasn't a place to camp in Marshall nor was there a motel nearby that was very good. Since it was off season, I got a better price. The proprietor told me to call her when I arrived in Marshall and she'd come right over.
In the morning, I found some food in the house that the proprietor said I could help myself to and got enough to get started. Headed out with overcast sky and looking a lot like rain. Just a few miles down the road, the rain started. Of course, that was also where the climb out of Marshall started. It was a long climb. The mountains were not over yet. While the distance to Conway was not great, the hills and the rain made for a long day. After getting over a few of the mountains, I arrived in Clinton, AR, where I stopped at a diner, a chain, The Huddle House (http://www.huddlehouse.com/restaurant-locator.aspx?area=city&city=clinton&state=AR). You all know this place. Maybe with a different name, but they're all the same...Denny's, etc. This place wasn't as big as most Denny's, but similar breakfast menus. While there, I called the Spokes Bicycle shop (http://www.spokeslittlerock.com/) in Little Rock, AR, to find out if they could ship my bike. Yes, they could. Deal was now closed..I would be home on Sunday. I called Eileen and she recommended I take Boutique Air (https://www.boutiqueair.com/) from Albuquerque to Silver City since it was very affordable, $69, and would save her an 8hr drive, back and forth, from Silver City. She made those arrangements for me and I went inside to have some breakfast. Or better yet, to suck down calories, fat, cholesterol, grease, and sugar, all under the guise of "breakfast". At the table next to me were two guys from Clinton, who watched me while I took my helmet off, put my handlebar bag on the table in my booth, then ordered some coffee. I was wearing my PubQuest (http://pubquest.com/) cycling jersey, which is a bright yellow. Here's a photo I took of these two guys:
After I finished breakfast, I headed down the road towards Conway and the weather turned wet again and it rained on and off for the remainder of the ride that day. Arriving in Conway, AR, in the late afternoon, I got a room at the Microtel Inn near some restaurants where I could get some decent food. Checked in, called Eileen, and hung up my wet clothes. Took a shower and then headed out for something to eat. Went to ZAZA's (http://www.zazapizzaandsalad.com/), which was a short walk from the hotel, but had good reviews. It had good pizza, good salad, good gelato, and a great selection of wine, which I imbibed in. I was walking after all. And I only had about 40 miles to ride the next day.
Next, Little Rock. For now, however, I'll close this post with a tune...Kevin Burke, who I got to see at a house concert in Las Cruces, NM,this weekend at a friend of our's house...Trish Cutler. A photo:
http://youtu.be/OilNy6nY2YM Hope you enjoy this. Next, Little Rock...