THE STATE OF ARKANSAS tilts gradually from north to south, evident by its diverse geological features ranging from forested Ozark mountains to rich agricultural farmlands in the lowlands along the Mississippi River. Running diagonally across the entire state is the Arkansas River that gently drops 2500 feet before joining the mighty Mississippi that flows to the gulf. And right in the middle of Arkansas lies its capital city of Little Rock, on the banks of the Arkansas River, and that's where I'm headed as I travel west.
Arkansas is close enough to the Gulf of Mexico to experience extreme weather conditions that keep its citizens alert and the flora green. During a typical year it's common to experience thunderstorms and tornadoes as well as winter snow and ice storms. And if that isn't exciting enough, the state lies in "tornado alley" subject to an occasional spring climate calamity. Fortunately, Arkansas is far enough from the coast to avoid any direct impact from hurricanes! And since the sparsely populated state is covered largely by oak and pines, hunting and fishing are a popular pastime...along with feasting on barbecued ribs and southern fried meals. I had to stop at Nick's BBQ & Catfish restaurant, an Arkansas tradition that serves food with "deep respect for Southern culture." Unfortunately, these mouthwatering meals should carry a warning: consumption can be hazardous to your health.
Miles 4120, Week 47, Weather 57F🌥