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TRIP 2009

Update #25 - August 20th
East Prairie, Missouri
6790 miles (10,864 KM) since March 22nd
7053 miles (11,285 KM) since January 01st



The ride to East Prairie, Missouri from Checotah, Oklahoma went okay except that I had to make short days because of the high heat especially in the afternoons. For most of the passed eleven days, the high temperature in the afternoon was in the high nineties but the heat index has been low one hundreds. I spent the first four nights in Sallisaw, Oklahoma; Ozark, Clarksville, and Russellville, Arkansas.

Most of this time was riding along US 64. It was a bit of a hard ride because I was going through the Ozarks. What was a hard for me was that along the way there was a lot of traffic from the hundreds of garage and yard sales. For three days, the "Bargains along 64" was happening for 164 miles between Beebe and Ft Smith, Arkansas. People were selling things from used clothes, produce, vegetables, rabbits, to strange things from guns and even a casket. This was the tenth annual sale.

I was hoping to ride straight east from Russellville to Memphis, Tennessee but I wasn't going to be able to get across the Mississippi River because the bridge was interstate. My option was to head Northeast to Cape Giradeau, Missouri to get across the Mississippi River there and then start the trip Southeast back to Americus, Georgia. Because the temperature wasn't that bad and there was a bit of a tailwind, I got 82 miles in between Russellville and Beebe, Arkansas. From Beebe, I made stops in Newport, Pocahontas, and Piggott, Arkansas.

In Pocahontas, I was able to get connected to the internet and I found out that there was a toll ferry between Dorena, Missouri and Hickman, Kentucky. This is one of the few remaining riverboat ferries in the United States and the only one between Kentucky and Missouri. Last night, I spent it in New Madrid, Missouri. I was the guest of the New Madrid County Sheriff Department. None of the ministers were available so the people there offered to pool their funds to get me a room at the local motel. There was also a small amount of money thrown in so I could buy some food.

My plan was to get to the ferry today but thunderstorms were coming through the area so I had to make a short day in East Prairie, Missouri. Instead of letting me stay in the church for the night, the pastor at the First Baptist Church offered to get me a room at the local motel. Tomorrow morning, I have about a 21 mile (35 KM) ride to the ferry. From Hickman, Kentucky, I plan to keep on going and stop for the day in Union City, Tennessee.

I have between 500 and 600 miles (800 and 1000 KM) to ride back to Americus, Georgia.

The next update should be between August 24 and September 04.




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