Saturday, May 1, 2010

Arkadelphia, Arkansas

Another day of riding another 78 miles closer to the Atlantic Ocean!  Perfect weather, perfect roads and a tailwind combined for a great day of cycling.  We rode through forests, over creeks and bayous and actually had a couple of climbs towards the end thanks to the Sugarloaf Mountains.  I think everyone enjoyed the day of riding, so we were all in a really good mood when we finished at the community recreation center in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. During the afternoon we gave a talk to the after school program and competed in the first annual Ride for World Health Olympics.  The games consisted of wheel barrow races, dizzy bat, artistic creativity, water balloon toss and a pie eating contest.  It was some super intense competition but in the end team Rice Water Stool won by a very close margin.  My support team was in charge of dinner so to enjoy the beautiful evening we had a cookout in the nearby picnic shelter. Trying to adequately feed 22 hungry riders with a charcoal grill was interesting but I think everyone left satisfied.  It was also Bryce’s birthday so we all had birthday cake before heading to bed.  Only 37 miles to Hot Springs tomorrow, but the weather report isn’t great and we always seem to have the most interesting days the shorter the mileage is.  No chain!

Lunch stop in the woods.

Our daily lecture. Safety first.

My cooking appliances for the evening.

Olympic competition at its finest.

Dizzy bat. Adam is a tough judge.

The winner's of the artistic creativity contest, made in 4 minutes with play dough.

Pie eating.  Love Roshan's reaction.

Sarah is a champion.

A happy group of athletes, enjoying a great night for a cookout.

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