Chilly start to a great day!
The alarm went off at 6:45AM. Jamie turned on the TV and we watched as the pretty girl on the weather channel, said that the current temperature was around 38 degrees this fine morning. We were excited about the day and this little bit of information was not going to dampen our spirits. We bundled up in our cold weather gear and was ready to head out on time. We actually were doing this stretch of the trip by ourselves as the rest of the guys were heading out from the east part of the metroplex.
Jamie and I took a quick picture and loaded up to start our journey. It was a little chilly, but nothing we could not deal with. We made it in pretty good time as we rolled into Nancy’s Cafe in Paris right around 9:45AM. Jackie & Alta, Richard & Jennifer and Paul Goode were already there. By the time we sat down and almost ready to order, Richard Swim and David Jackson rolled in too join the breakfast party. Breakfast was good and we all had a great time, warming up and eating. Not a bad way to start the day.
The day warmed up, as we made our way towards Eureka Springs. We stopped in Broken Bow and fueled up. This is where we saw the “masked man”. He looked like he just walked out of some old school wrestling match. His bike / car was pretty cool. We decided to bypass the Talimena Parkway as we had a good 400 mile day and we kinda got a late start after our long winded breakfast. We stopped at Wendy’s in Mena for a quick snack. We made it up to Eureka Springs around 5:30PM. The day had warmed up nicely and everyone seemed to be smiling when we arrived. We stayed at the Edelweiss Inn. The strange part was we were given the same room that we stayed in when we had our little “get off” up there a couple of years ago. We joked that we hoped that this trip ended better for us. We all laughed, but it was a strange vibe moving our things into the room.
We all took showers and headed off to dinner. After a nice meal, we walked across the road and finished the night off with some peach cobbler. Not a bad way to end the day. I want to take a moment and welcome our new addition to the group. Richard & Jennifer joined us on this trip and we were glad to have them along. It was Jennifer’s first real ride and she hung in there like a trooper. I will say that she was eyeing Jamie’s airhawk seat cushion like a lion looks at steak by the end of the day, but all and all she did fantastic! We hope that we did not scare them off for future trips. They were a great addition.