Chris's son Jason, Ryland's dad...Where was he 7 yrs. ago....LOL.... you know where that story is going.
Time to find a place to cool down, so we head back to Eureka Springs. We are going to find a place to eat and chill for a little bit. As we get out into the world where we can see the sky, we are amazed to see dark blue skies...really dark....hmmm...could we actually get some rain. You people that know Chuck, he can make it rain if you know what I mean. We ride to Maggie Mae's, and eat at a wonderful salad bar. We are sitting way back in the back of the restaurant, cause you know that is where they always put "bikers" and we have a big picture window we can look out at the trees. As we are eating, it starts to rain, just a little...as you know, they are really needing rain, and all the locals run over to the windows to look out at the rain. The wind is really whipping the trees around, and all of a sudden, a tree branch breaks, and it slams into the window we are sitting by. Scared me to death. It is lightening, thundering, and it is raining buckets by now. I guess Chuck is living up to his rain making. Told the waitress about it, and she said thanks to him. :)
We had to wait for quite a while for the rain to calm down enough for us to even think about riding back to the motel. I walked outside to see if our shirts were still on the bikes, and this man ask if the Spider was ours. Told him no, but Chris was walking out about that time and I pointed to him. He is the man with all the answers. LOL As we talked, he said something about taking pictures as you go out on the west side of Eureka Springs....We had noticed a guy sitting there and I guess this was the guy. He said he takes pics for magazines etc., and he had gotten the pic of the Spider. Might use it in one of his magazines next year. Now that is pretty cool. Diana is out there by now, and the gentleman gives her a card with his email address and said to email him and he will send her the picture. That was just so funny to run into him. We stand and watch it rain, and finally it slows down to a mist, and we decide it is time to get on the bikes and get to a safe dry place. The ride back to the room was fine, and we really didn't get that wet. It continues to drizzle for most of the afternoon, and was a very much needed rain for the area. Glad we are safe and dry. By 7pm it has all but quit raining, and everything has been so hot, there is a fog rising off the streets and fields. We figure we won't get on the bikes again, but we did walk back over to Grandma's and eat just one more time. It was almost closing time for them, and we had the place pretty much to ourselves. Chuck & I had chopped beef sandwich and a small bowl of beans...Diana had pinto & white beans. Food was as good as yesterday. I know it is kinda boring and redundant, but heck if it is good, why not. Didn't have that many choices as we aren't really very close to too many restaurants, so we just repeat...LOL. Walking back to the motel, the skies are starting to clear, and you can even see stars. Guess the rain is over. It has helped to cool the area down, and have to say, that is a good thing. We have some packing to do, so guess we will get our stuff together so we can head back towards home tomorrow. Hate that we didn't get to the Crescent Hotel, but there is always next time, and I am sure we will be back. One of my favorite places to be...Love the riding around these parts.