Daily mileage 41.05 Trip 188.7 Total 690.75
Route: Forrest City to West Memphis AR (Quality Inn).
I was fighting a fairly strong cross wind all day (8 to 10 o’clock). I was well rested but got exhausted early for some reason. I went about 8+ miles before my first break. After a cloudy start, the sun came out, and I struggled the rest of the day. I had numerous
I missed out on breakfast, couldn’t find a restaurant or otherwise reasonable place to eat until about 13:00, when I stopped at a gas station in Shell Lake. There were friendly people at every stop I made. Before the gas station lunch, I stopped at a house under construction, and owners/builders gave me an iced bottle of water topped off with some nice conversation.
The lunch (I suppose it was really breakfast) rejuvenated me and I was able to make it to West Memphis without any issues. I thought I would run into a hotel (any hotel!) before making it to town, but the nearest one was more than half way through the city at an I-55 exit. I spent a little time trying to figure out how to get to it without interacting with freeway speed vehicles, and I made it to the Quality Inn by crossing an old overgrown parking lot. The nearest restaurant was a Cracker Barrel that I had to get to by walking along freeway access road about a half mile. Challenging route, good meal after a tough day. I had some serious saddle sores in Djibouti, soothed a bit in the hotel pool.