|My first guardian angel for the day.|
But wait, there’s more, and it hasn’t been good news on this trip. On their way from Medford, Oregon, to Portland where Joe’s family reunion is, they blew a tire on the driver’s side rear axle. While they got someone out to repair it, they had to limp to a garage as the tire also took out the transmission line and they were losing $80-a-gallon fluid. Some work, some welding, and they got back on the road and arrived at their campground/resort destination. At least they did not have a wreck when the tire blew. They’ve been very lucky that way … only the vehicles have been damaged in the making of this trip. But it’s all been quite expensive, I’m sure.
|Yep, I'm behaving badly. And it's all your faults ... encouraging me all the time.|
|And Mr. Peanut.|
Long ago, steamboats traveled the Arkansas River when the water was at the right depth. When it wasn't, the captains and their crew tied up to wait where the Toad Suck Lock and Dam now spans the river. While they waited, they refreshed themselves at the local tavern there, to the dismay of the folks living nearby, who said: "They suck on the bottle 'til they swell up like toads." Hence, the name Toad Suck. The tavern is long gone, but the legend lives on.” (Taken from a website I found on Google.)
|This vehicle was at the gas station ... half cab, half police car. Very unique. It sure gets your attention and I hope it works to get drunks home safely, as well as keep others safe from them.|
Gearing up did the trick as I only rode in about 35 more miles of it, 65 miles in all, really nothing in the big scheme. At home we’d be riding in it for days. Down here, you often only ride for a short period of time, and this time I was grateful. It wasn’t cold, but it sure made for a dirty bike and wet pants. I think my dark blue pants leaked color onto my cream-colored butt pad Slider gave me last year.
|The day got beautiful, and perfect for sightseeing. I've always been attracted to bales or rolls of hay. This was no different, but there was an added element.|
|This tribute to our country was right next to the rolls of hay. What a find, out in the middle of nowhere.|
|This is a better shot of two of the four statues. They were very impressive ... just on the top of the hill. I climbed up to take photos. Hope I didn't get chiggers this time.|
|Sometimes ya just gotta turn around and go back and get that photo. I don't know how the person made this but it was beautiful and I went back to get this photo, turning around on a narrow two-lane road, which is always a challenge for me.|
|A roadside table set up to sell wares. It's good use of a power pole.|
One of the places I stopped was Peter’s Market. The reason I stopped mainly was because they had fresh peaches, and I was sure wanting to sample a few. They had rows of different kinds of peaches, and it’s difficult to make a decision for only one kind, especially when you can only get one. I talked to some other folks on a bike and we decided to split a basket of them, so each of us got three. Perfect. (Plus the lady gave me a tip of something to look for … quilts on the side of barns, mostly in Iowa.)
|This is a full-blown store, with everything you need for a snack.|
|Have you ever seen cantaloupes this big? $2.99 each. Don't we pay nearly that per pound at home?|