Just a pretty day.

Gorgeous… simply gorgeous….. I really should stop there…. stereotypes aside, today we traveled some of the prettiest roads we ever did travel.  We’re in Arkansas..

We started out by finishing the Talimena Parkway.  One thing about traveling that parkway is that you can look into the distance and see the road before you…. it looks like a vertical slab of asphalt, a very, very long vertical slab of asphalt.  Yet, you arrive at the base of the climb, start working while taking in the scenery.  Pretty soon that scenery, gorgeous as it is,  just takes your mind off of the work that you’re doing.

We followed that with a rip roaring, white knuckle descent followed by 50 mile of gradual downhill.  Wheeeeeeeee….even my human can ride acceptably fast on a downhill stretch.

After lunch we had 20 miles on the most beautiful back roads just south of DeGray Lake — the lake is the result of a dam installed in the 1950s.  The road surface was smooth, the terrain just slightly rolling, and the road lightly shaded to keep us cool as we traveled through the pine and hardwood forests.  We took our time and savored the quiet traffic free slice.

Ahhhh….it doesn’t get much better than that…

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