Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Day 18 Arkadelphia (Caddo Gap), AR-->Pine Bluff, AR

Departure: 7:35 a.m.
Arrival: 2:00 p.m.
91 miles
1,700' Climbing
Departure Temp: 53
Arrival Temp: 83

Another glorius weather day, just rolling along the hills and valleys of SE Arkansas. Signs of fall are in the air, and LOTS of Baptist churches--Free Will Baptist and Primitive Baptist. Don't have a clue what each of those is. But, we had lunch in the parking lot of a United Methodist Church.

This was the day of the dogs--lots and lots of dogs some thought it would be good fun to chase us. But they were harmless. It was also the day for lots of horse ranches and lots of different counties each demarkated by a change in road surface, some much more bike friendly than others.

Have heard on the news there is a new literacy initiative in AR. Apparently there is a 20% illiteracy rate here. I tried to look up what the literacy rate is for other states, but that was a hard figure to come up with. But 20% seemed high to me. Maybe some of you educators can weigh in here.

We passed the Voluteer Fire Department of Rolla-Lono. I gotta tell you the VFD building looked just like a self-storage locker. Doesn't give you a lot of confidence.

Pine Bluff is, by far, the biggest town we've been in for at least 16 days--55,000--but no Starbucks. :((

Tomorrow we enter the fine state of Mississippi, Lula to be exact.

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