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Friday, November 27, 2009 - Rogers AR

I'm outa here!, Salem City Park, Salem AR, November 27, 2009
I'm outa here!, Salem City Park, Salem AR, November 27, 2009

Bleak Friday

This can't be happening - I'm dreaming, right? It's 4:00AM and the Walmart parking lot here in Poplar Bluff is already half full and filling fast. I gotta get outa here - it won't be long before I'm blocked in.

By the time I finally pried my eyes off this amazing sight and got my act together it was 5:00AM cars were circling like vultures over road kill. Whoever dreamed up this Black Friday thing must be grinning from ear to ear.

It's a bleak Friday indeed!

Friday in the Ozarks

It took me all day, even with the 5:00AM start, to cross northern Arkansas on US 62. The Ozarks may be attractive in some seasons, but not this one. What a dull dreary day's ride it was. Bleak. The trees in this area are mostly a scrubby oak, broken down by an ice storm a few years back. The economy is pretty bleak too - there's some serious poverty along this route.

An observation on tires and tire pressure

The guys at Paducah Tire Service set the tire pressure in the new front tires they mounted for me Wednesday at the full rated 80psi rather than the door jamb recommended 65psi front and 60 psi rear I had been running. On a whim, to see what they would do and to test the result, I had them adjust the rears, without specifying a number. They set those at 80psi as well.

Today's run through the Ozarks on US 62 was a good test and I like the results. The rig is much more stable and responsive to steering inputs and less likely to sway and toss my stuff on the floor on a rough road than I've been accustomed to. A down side is the ride is a little harsh on expansion joints but I can live with that - the handling stability is worth exchanging a soft ride for. I'm going to keep them set at the 80psi and watch tire wear for signs of overinflation. My guess is these tires are loaded heavily enough that overinflation won't be a problem. We'll see.

In Wally's world

By day's end I emerged into Bentonville AR, home of Wally's world - to be welcomed at the big Supercenter across from headquarters by a nice clean No Overnight Parking sign. This area is pretty highly and newly developed - I wasn't surprised.

Night camp

Wal-Mart Supercenter in Rogers AR

Wal-Mart Supercenter Store #5260, 4208 Pleasant Crossing Blvd, Rogers, AR 72758 - (479) 621-9769

How to Make Bread

What you will need:

  • 2 3/4 cups (about 650 ml) of warm water