West Helena, AR – Woolly Hollow State Park, AR
Miles Ridden – 167
Total Miles – 1,427
Today’s Travel Time – 9 hrs
Animal Totem – Frog
What I learned today – When Severe Thunderstorms are forecasted, it’s probably smart to opt for a hotel….
The past 8 long days of riding must have started catching up with me today – I had to lay down a lot. I never knew dirt and pavement could be so comfortable. I guess I take after my dad in more ways than one!
Soon we found that the effects of the rainstorm were twofold – on the one hand it was a much cooler and more comfortable riding temperature, and no more dust being kicked up in our faces. On the other hand….
There was a frog swimming around in the big mud puddle – the storm must have flushed all kinds of other animals up onto the roads – we saw several snakes and turtles, one raccoon, and more frogs (including this little guy) at our campsite.
Today’s mud and water was challenging and fun, but the majority of the day was gravel. Man am I sick of riding on that stuff! Don’t think I’ve seen the end of it yet by a long shot. Old gravel and dirt roads aren’t bad. It’s the fresh, thicker gravel that is a giant pain for me, but after saving two tank slappers- one yesterday, and one the day before, I wised up and just slowed it down – prevention is the safest cure.
After lunching on leftover pizza by the side of the road, we stopped for gas in Beebe, AR and took a look at the doppler radar (a motorcyclist’s best friend), which forecasted a big storm headed our way.
Getting a hotel was mentioned and then for some odd reason (I was fairly delirious by that point) we all decided we were fine with camping. Well I’m writing this from the bathroom/shelter at Woolly Hollow State Park, if that gives you any indication of how it’s going ☺️ It seems like the worst is over though, so hopefully soon we’ll be snug in our dry tents…we hope anyway….apparently Stefan’s hammock tarp has already sprung a leak.
The adventure continues!