I have not been to Arkansas on a bike yet. I have made a few plans in the past to go to Arkansas but each and every time something came up and I ended up not going.
This weekend was the ST.N central meet in Eureka Springs, AR and I was toying with the idea of going, but riding 600 miles on Saturday to Arkansas and riding 600 miles back home on Sunday just didn’t appeal to me since I’ve never been to Eureka Springs and I wanted to spend a bit more time riding the area, not just ride there and the following day turn around and ride home.
Then all the sudden it looked like I would be able to have a short day at work on Friday, so at the last minute Mike and I decided to go for it. It wasn’t going to be the best ride since it involved a lot of interstate, but I really wanted to go. Mike wanted to go too, when he was younger he used to spend his summers in Eureka Springs, and hasn't been there in a while.
Slowing down for road work, looks like they are ready to hang some signs
So we hit road. Today consisted of 600 miles. 500 of those were boring interstate miles. We were in a rush. Not only did I want to make it to Eureka Springs today but I wanted to make it there in time to meet up with the group for some food and drinks. This meant we couldn’t make any long stops. The only stops were for gas and bathroom. Lunch was a quick bite at a gas station. The traffic was heavy all the day from Chicagoland to Eureka Springs, and we ran in to some delays because of road work. It was a hot one, with temperatures in the mid 80's.
On I-55 approaching St. Louis and the arch
This exit from I-55 to I-44 is always backed up
Heavy semi traffic on I-44 in Missouri
After so many hours of interstate, we got on route 65 heading north, which was just another big highway, just like the interstate
Detour and delay, 86 was being paved
Crossing a bridge on 86 in Missouri
Getting closer to Arkansas on 21
We make it to Arkansas
Arriving at the Traveler's Inn in Eureka Springs
In the back of the Traveler's Inn
Rooms were clean and less than $60 per night
Some of us walked over to Sparky's for some food and drinks
First real meal of the day and we were starved
Mike's chicken enchiladas were really good, my cheese and potato enchiladas were kind of bland. I should have ordered chicken as well, but wanted to try something different. Sparky's was a really cool place to eat and it was very nice inside also.
To share, ice cream and brownie for dessert