Arkansas Arrival: Tacos, Legends, and Iowans
After stuffing our faces, we slowly threw a leg over the bike one more time to make our way to Green Tree RV Lodge where we would be landing our gear and our bodies for the weekend. When I go on bike trips, I sometimes stay in hotels, sometimes camp. This weekend I was feeling extra broke or eager, whichever way you want to look at it and camping was the plan. It's cheap and it is a good reason for me to USE the camp gear I own!! There's a shortage of campgrounds IN E.S... three to be exact. And of course, me, being non-committal as usual, went to book somewhere to stay for a HOLIDAY weekend a mere 3 days prior. And lucked out at finding ONE camp site left in the whole town. This does not help me become a better planner - if things always work out, that just means I really don't have to commit in the first place!! After checking into our campground 1.8 miles east of the main drag in ES, we set up our camp. Side note: There have been a couple of times in which we SHARED my little two man tent as she didn't have her own tent that would fit on the bike.. I still don’t know exactly how we did it, because just setting it up and putting my cot into it seems to take over most of the real estate available, leaving little in the way for my gear. Let alone another human AND more gear. (This is said tent...but not current photo nor location... I apparently didn't think to take a photo of our campground all set up!!)
Our campground was a great little spot just off the beaten path – complete with a shower/bath house, a swimming pool, and an ‘on your honor’ camp shop, filled with anything we would need to be content in our camp for the weekend.
I managed to run inside for who knows what, but when I returned to my perch on the rail... my seat was occupied by a stranger. From Iowa. Of all the people we can meet, of course we meet people from one state away from MN!
Fully expecting them to be in awe of the fact that we both RODE down to AR, we were utterly surprised to hear that they had also RODE to AR. Sounds like a stupid conversation topic, but it is a common one in the biker community. Not that there is anything wrong with trailering, I will forever tease those who trailer - out of good fun though. I totally get the benefits of doing so, I just CAN'T do it. Partly because I have a Corolla... and partly because I would never go that far in a car.. I know, its weird. I am ok with it tho!
After bs’ing a while, the guys kindly offered us to ride with them the next day. I don’t mean to sound like a prude… but I simply enjoy riding solo in and around ES. Why? Because I know the roads really well which means I know that the posted speed limits are just a bunch of hooey in the reality of the ride. I never really know how to put that nicely though… and I don’t want to sound like a B… so I simply said “I cant do that, but you are welcome to try to ride with us”. Again, no matter how I word that, it doesn’t sound nice. Luckily, the guys had a sense of humor and inquired as to what I meant by that… so I explained that we ride the corners hard and play the passing game often because the corners are calling our name and slow isn’t part of our nature. They took this as a friendly challenge and said they would like to ‘try to keep up’ with us the next day… which would later became a running joke over the next couple of days. That and "Harley vs Victory" riders.... Us girls ride Victories... The Boys rode Harleys. Its a rival between brands kind of like Chevy and Ford only more hard core... So when the HD guy wanted to try on my Victory Vest... well...
Now on to see if they CAN keep up to a girl.... ;)
Upon arrival in ES - 12 hours of riding apparently takes a toll on a girl in the LOOKS department lol