Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Day 17 Mena, AR-->Arkadelphia (Caddo Gap), AR

Departure: 7:35 a.m.
Arrival: 2:00 p.m.
89 miles
3,500' climbing
Departure Temp: 48
Arrival Temp: 92

Another spectacular day--blue skies, sunny, crisp in the a.m. but rapidly warming by the 1st rest stop. The route was full of rollers that were fun to descend and climb; you could almost get to the top on the momentum from the preceeding descent.

Everyone was grateful for a "recovery day" after the big day of climbing yesterday. Lon rode the hills yesterday on his single-speed bike. He counted 31 hills that were steep enough that he had to stand and pedal 100 or more pedal strokes.

We left Mena in a swirl of falling leaves--the first signs of Fall we've encountered. Oaks were predominant along with pine trees of various flavors. The tree smells are all beginning to be familiar now. Sometimes it smelled and felt like I was in Southern Indiana, sometimes in South Georgia.

I don't know how the others legs are doing, but mine are full of lactic acid right now. Had a massage tonight which will hopefully move that LA around a bit.

Tomorrow we're off to Pine Bluff, our last stop in AR.

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