Forty-ninth for us, that is. Over the years, we'd managed to make it to every other US state except Alaska (understandable; it's awfully far from the eastern/midwestern US) and Arkansas, of all things. Kinda strange, huh? We thought so too.
So on this cross-country trip, we were determined to get to Arkansas. Alaska would have to wait for another time.
We stayed in downtown Little Rock, which was much busier and more bustling than we imagined. We wanted to ride the Arkansas River Trail and also see the Clinton Library, so we had a good location for that.
On our first evening in town, we checked out the city lights from our hotel parking deck. The Bank of America building was all decked out for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The next morning dawned bright and sunny, though a bit chilly; still, a fine October day for our bike ride. We had to negotiate the downtown streets, many of which are one-way, but made it over to the river path.
We rode over to the Clinton Presidential Library and bridge. Pretty impressive!
The Clinton Library is very modern in design and quite wide. I had to take two photos to get it all in!
I would have enjoyed taking a tour, but by the time we were through with our bike ride, we'd missed the last tour of the day. Maybe another time....
Here I am on the river trail. It's a really lovely paved trail if you're ever in the area.
There are several bridges over the Arkansas River, including the "big dam bridge", which we rode over. It was very windy up on the bridge!
After riding west on the trail to the end, we continued riding on a nice bike lane. Here's where we turned around to begin riding back to downtown Little Rock.
Once back on the trail, we rode back to downtown on the south side of the river.
We enjoyed our brief visit in Arkansas, but we were glad to escape our busy downtown hotel and head to rural Mississippi the next day. Stay tuned!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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