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Friday, August 30, 2013

Labor Day Weekend and a trip to Hot Springs AR. (Friday Aug. 30th)

Trip to Hot Springs

Since we have been so lucky this year with the weather,  why not start this trip on one if the hottest days we have had this summer

It's around 95 as we head out around 2 pm to meet up with The Alveys. The Biggs meet at our house and we head east.  

It's hot, and I am not going to say it isn't.  I for one was glad when we pulled off for a break and we were able to get some water and cool down a bit.  It is now 99, and it feels every bit of it.  Feeling a lot better, we get back on the bikes and head towards Ft. Smith.  

We stop at a Mexican food restaurant we have eaten at before.  The seating was perfect.  We sat with a ceiling fan running at full speed right above our table. We are re hydrated and ready to hit the road.  We have a few miles to make before this day is over.

The rest of the trip was pretty much perfect.  We are getting into trees and very nice winding roads, and the temperature even though it shows is 90 is really bearable. 

We make only 2 left turns as we ride, and the second turn was too funny.  As we turn, I hear what I think is a siren, like a police, or ambulance, or something.  I hear Diana start laughing and say to Chris, " I felt you jump"....well, so did I ....where was that noise coming from...There wasn't a car in sight!!!!   Come to find out, Steve in the last bike has his radio blaring, and what we heard was a song that was playing.  Oh lord, scared me to death....We all got a big laugh out of that one.  Hey Steve, think we can hear your radio loud and clear!!!!! 

We have a car in front of us, as we enter what I like to call, "critter country"...and since it is now dusk, you get the idea.  Well, we had not gone more than 10 miles I don't think, and I hear Chuck and Chris call out...Deer!!!!  Thank goodness that car was in front of us.  The deer all made it across the road without getting hit, but Chuck said he was really thinking one was a goner. 

After a scare like that, I go on "critter watch"....and I am glad to report, we had no more incident!!!  Great ride into Hot Springs. 

We ride to our hotel (The Austin) that we will call home for the next few days.  It is an older hotel, and it buzzing as we pull in.  Seems there is a Blue's Festival in the town this weekend.  Lots of people, and looks like there are a few Family Reunions here as well. 

We unload, and check in without a hitch.  The guys drive the bikes about a 1/2 block from the hotel to a covered parking garage that is owned by the Austin.  It is well lit, and I think the bikes are going to be fine there.

Unpacked, and ready to get out and see what this town is all about, we walk over to one of the local restaurants, and have a much needed cocktail.  Steve is worn out, so they decide to just hang out at their room. 

Time to get some rest, so we have all the energy to check out Hot Springs.  Looks like we are in for a hot couple of days.  Hey mother nature, don't you realize it is almost September!!!!