A relatively uneventful day on PAC Tour today, basically moving from point A to point B. We descended from the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge for the first 12 miles or so, and the screaming descents were interrupted by a few climbs of 10 or 12 %, just like yesterday. Except today we weren’t even warmed up! No one’s quads were happy. Most of the day was spent traveling southeast on state highway 8 through several small Arkansas towns. We had a rest break outside the Norman city hall. These towns have populations in the hundreds, they make Stow seem like a metropolis! And several had (small) community centers! The last part of the ride took us through the DeGray Lake State Park, and over its dam. I rode most of the day with Chris and Jim Miller from Iowa, at a sensible pace because of yesterday’s climbing. For once, we descended, rather than climbed, into our final destination for the day. Arkadelphia is about 30 miles south of Hot Springs, and southwest of Little Rock.
I forgot to mention that we had seen lots of armadillo roadkill since Texas, but no longer. I know we’re in the south now because the SAG wagon had Lay’s Biscuits and Gravy flavored potato chips. I prefer sour cream and onion.
We are 2/3 done in both days and miles!
Today’s ride was 100 miles with 4,000 ft of climbing.