Daily mileage 22.41 Segment 105.1 Total 607.2
Route: Stuttgart to Clarendon AR (A&J Motel).
There is possible rain in the forecast, but I saw nothing but a slight sprinkle in the early afternoon. The temperature was a little more bearable, so I suppose that means that I had no weather issues today.
The major challenge for today is the bridge just before Clarendon over the White River. I drove this by car the week before, and my recollection was that it was a 2 mile bridge with no shoulder, no breaks.
I left Stuttgart at 09:00, and found myself pedalling steadily for a mostly uneventful ride. With cycling, teenagers and explosives, boring is good.
When I approached the dreaded bridge, I discovered that there is a new bridge under construction just before old bridge. I pedalled about a half mile into the construction zone, and determined that there was no way to cross with my bike. I talked to a construction worker, who said that it will take another 2 years for the new bridge to be completed. I ride back to the dreaded 2 mile bridge, and discover that it is actually about a 0.5 mile bridge, separated by berm with narrow shoulder for 0.5 miles, then another 1+ mile bridge. This is not outstanding, but at least I was able to have a break to recover a bit and let traffic clear before the sprint across each bridge. Four cars passed on the first segment, 4 trucks (1 18 wheeler) on the second segment going up the main slope to river crossing. I survived!
I stayed at the A&J Motel in Clarendon, taking the last room and paying for a double bed. I would have been in a little trouble if the room was not available. The hotel was fairly old but in reasonably good shape, run by a friendly lady.
I had a late lunch at a nice diner around the corner from the hotel, and a fried chicken dinner later on from Valero gas station next door.
My saddle sores have gotten worse, and I know will cause problems tomorrow.