USA: Arkansas & Tennessee

USA: Arkansas & Tennessee

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spelt Arkansas but pronounced Arkansaaawww

Clarksville Arkansas (13th to 14th March)

While I was in Mustang with Marc and Janine I sat down with Marc and planned a nice scenic route that would take me off the interstate (since I am making such good time)  to a town in the mountains called Eureka Springs which I found out is known as little Switzerland. However on my way along the I-40 I rode through two small showers, nothing special but at the turnoff I would have taken to go up to Eureka all I could see were black clouds, so I changed my mind and rode onto Clarksville. Not 15 minutes after I arrived the sky opened and it poured, so I was happy with my decision, but sad that I missed seeing Eureka.

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Something you don’t see on the menu every day … unless you live in Arkansas

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA What a beautiful day to ride

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The following day I took a route off the i-40 up to a tiny town called Sand Gap. I just wanted to see the area and it was worth the little trip. The sun was out and area is so nice, I can imagine how beautiful it must be in summer, all green and lush. The road was great, long sweeping twisties, just the kind I like, and hardly any traffic, what a great last day ridding.  After this detour I just headed straight to Memphis as fast as I could as I was so keen to see my nephew.

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Memphis Tennessee (14th to 17th March)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA arriving in Memphis

My nephew, Justin, moved to the states (to Oshkosh Wisconsin) 4 years ago but I have not seen him for 6 years and I could not wait to catch up on all his news. He is now living in Memphis and opening his own company. He is an aircraft mechanic and only 24 but he is a really hard, conscientious and professional worker, plus very intelligent and ambitious, so of all the people I know I am convinced that he will be successful and I am very proud of him.

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My nephew Justin doing what Justin does .. fix planes

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another one of the nice place in the hanger … I liked this one … I don’t even know what it is but I like it 🙂

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Gadgets new home

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Just been bathed and ready to settle into new digs

While in Memphis I also had the opportunity to see Brain, who I rode the Amazon with, and his lovely wife Bonita. They invited Justin and me to a good old South African Braai (BBQ), YUMMMMMY What a lovely couple, we had a really great evening. It was so nice to catch up with Brain again and meet Bonita who is a very talented artist, we just didn’t want to leave.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A Zimbo cooking a mean steak

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Bonita, Brain and Me

Other than seeing friends, visiting with Justin and sorting my bike, out which will stay in Memphis, I didn’t get to see much as I just had too much to organise. However I liked what I did see and am very sure I will be back to see more of the USA as this was really just a drop in the ocean on my way to Tennessee from Central America.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA With Justin my nephew

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA One very very sad lady leaving her beloved bike 😦

 

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