2011 Reese’s Birthday Run – Day 8

My streak is unbroken.  While packing the bike up this morning it started raining.  14 years of road trips and I’ll get rained on at some point on every single one of them.  I’m not talking about a little drizzle, I’m talking serious downpours.  Reese was really helpful, and between the two of us we got the bike loaded and got me heading down the road.  It was sad to leave, I hate that part of visiting with him, but it is what it is.

Due to the construction backups on I-55, I decided to head out west into Missouri and then head south.  That worked really well, only adding a little time on to the trip, but with much better scenery.  Lunch was in Hannibal, MO where it drizzled a little more and I had to make a roadside repair of my Powerlet plug for the tank bag electrics.  The screw holding one of the wires down had come loose.  My Fathers Day present from Reese, a Swiss Army Knife, came in handy getting everything snugged back down.

After that I continued south, making for Eureka Springs, AR.  There were no other problems encountered during this leg, other than the heat building as I moved south.  I pulled in to Eureka Springs a little after 7 PM, got a hotel room, and unloaded the bike.  On the way in I passed a promising barbecue joint, so I hoofed it back over for some dinner.  It was fantastic.  If you’re in the neighborhood, check out Bubba’s Barbecue.  The ribs are delicious, as is the chocolate cake.