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We stayed in 2 furnished, unoccupied houses owned by the Moore family, one was the ladies and one for the men. Everyone had their own bed but we were prepared to sleep on the floor if necessary. We had another breakfast at the restaurant. I wanted French toast. It wasn't on the menu but they said they could make it but I had the short stack and they were great pancakes. We met at the foot of the bridge at 8:30 am where we picked up about 8 more riders for the day rides, for a total of 19. We again had a police escort and went over the bridge and back and again, stopped for pictures at the top. The view of the River and the steeple of the Monroe County courthouse were superb. I think everyone continued on with a police escort by Chief Hollis Foster to Holly Grove, about 11 miles way. It was dead flat and we were really flying, only to find out later it was because of the wind that we had to fight coming back. Holly Grove had hot dogs and cold drinks for us and the town folks. Then, we had a police escort around the small town. Kenny was getting a flat, so we pumped it up to get him to lunch. He had a big blow out when he hit a pothole on the Bridge on Friday, so technically, he didn't go over the whole bridge on Friday. The Chief led us a few more miles to East Lake. Linda and Jim and family there had a big catfish lunch for us. He caught the fish on the lake. Their son drove us the last 1/2 mile down their gravel road on a wagon which you may see in the Pictures. The big lunch was great. By the time we fought the wind getting back to Clarendon and going over the bridge and around Holly Grove, I got in about 32 miles. We were going to go to Louisiana Purchase State Historic Park, but it was too much farther for us for this trip. Some rested when we got back to Clarendon. Some of us got on 2 boats and went up the White and Cache Rivers with Mayor Jim Stinson and his friend, David, for more than 20 miles on the Rivers. It was time for dinner when we got back, so I didn't get cleaned up until nearly 9:00 pm. The restaurant closes at 8:00 pm and we got in a little trouble for not getting in early enough Friday evening. Not too much trouble.
Friday, Aug. 7. We started out at 8:20 am with 11 riders and a sag driver and picked up Peggy for part of the ride. It was very hot but we were lucky that it was overcast most of the way. The store at Humnoke said we might catch up to the rain in Stuttgart but we didn't. The Police from Holly Grove and Clarendon met us in Roe to escort us over the bridge since part of it is very narrow. They stopped the traffic both ways so we could get some pictures and see the views. We went straight to lunch in Clarendon about 1:30. After that, we went to the 2 houses that were made available to us by the Moore family. Everyone had their own bed with towels and plenty of bathrooms and showers. Some of us went to the city museum but we didn't have time on this trip to visit the Moore House Museum across the street from where we were staying to see their collection of antebellum items. That will be on the next trip.
Meeting will be at Oyster Bar (Markham at Kavanaugh, LR) at 7:00 p.m. but come after 6:00 pm if you wish for dinner. We should have Arky registrations and shirts. There will be a brief election / re-election of 2 board members. Program: Bicycling in The Netherlands by Janice and Linda V.
I will get a fit kit for testing the jerseys. We'll have the same design but the fabric or style or something has changed so I'll have this kit available toward the end of July when I get back since I can only keep it for a month and I'll be away. Let me know if you'd like to order 1 or 2. I'd like to order more than 12 to get a price drop. They run from men's XS to 4XL.
Steve Shepherd reports that there is damage to the levee and power plant and Cook's Landing and north side of the BDB are expected to be closed for a few weeks. He suggests parking at DEQ if you want to start your ride there.
We had a good turnout for the NLR trail cleanup on Tuesday. Another one is scheduled for Saturday, June 13 but the location is not yet set. The NLR River Trail should be open soon.
Two Rivers Park and the NLR side of the BDB and much of the NLR Trail are flooded.
Due to possible storms and trail flooding. You can do the Fondo or help with the Rock City Run.
We had 4 riders putting Audubon decals on the storm drains, "drains to Fourche Creek" on Memorial Day. We got past 65th St. and used the new Coleman Creek Trail on the east side of University Ave., from 19th St. to UALR. It was very nice and has lights.
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