day 2 the rain man always rings twice
I was only joking when I told doug
that he better be ready for some rain
in the morning, but I couldn't sleep
thinking about it. When I got up next morning
it was still dry out, but a short
walk outside after a shower revealed the air thick
with humidity, so much so that it was already drizzling.
The still dark, but now overcast sky was lit up
by lightning. By the time doug showered
it had been raining hard for 20 minutes.
Radar indicated heavy rain east and north,
exactly the direction we needed to go.
Good thing doug's frogg toggs got delivered
yestereday, and that along with a new roadmaster
rain suit i had also bought yesterday, i also got some aerostich
booties. Weird looking but effective and easily packed.
It rained all the way north to Tyler, but within an hour
we were eating breakfast in bright sunshine in Lone oak;
on 69 now heading the wrong way. Jumped back on E i 30
into the cool overcast. Snaked up 259 into Ok, and
turned right at pouteau onto 270/59 S avoiding
yet more rain.
Road construction halted us in front of a little
country store (Page?) where we took a break. The locals
were having a domino game, but were happy to point
us to the much more scenic (and not under construction)
Ok 1\Ar 88 into mena, Ar. i've been on this road before
with prez cary, and the GS really shines here as the fjr faded back riding the ridge. Up to 80 or so, the GS rules, its only at
never legal speeds the big trailie loses its steam.
The bridgestone trailwings seem a good compromise
for the riding we were doing.
North on 71 now, we gas up at Waldron and note
yet another storm in our path. We zig east on
80 to Danville staying dry. We the zag back towards Ozark
when our luck finally runs out. Hard rain, but no lightning
anyway. Suited up on the side of the road as it started
raining really hard.
I've never run the 80 miles of twistes on Ar 23
in the pouring rain, but the gs and fjr
handled it well, and we stayed mostly dry. i didn't
even think about bambi until it got dark, and then like
magic there it was 5 feet from the road, mouthful
of grass. It hardly blinked as we went by.
We met Rob lessen as we pulled up
in full rain gear just after dark. My hands were
now stained black from my gloves. The only pics
of the day before some 24oz margaritas
eased our pain for the evening.
r12gs after rain test
Doug after, checking for water
day 3 will have a few more pics, and less dialogue
day3-onward through the fog
Got up early, i've missed the last 2 years, the incredible roads,
and Joe Scaggs leading the charge.
Fog was around
You see, we start here,
then go here
prime gs seat space for rent.. cheap
Everyone saddled up
And away we went, only 5 folks in Joe's group... pffft!
The fog quickly burned off
More great roads
Starting to get some leaning in.
A rare pic of the bunny outside of his natural obmwc habitat