Ted's Big Ride 2009---Day Forty-Nine

Henryetta, OK to Sikeston, MO
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Broke camp at the rest area and pressed on Eastward toward Arkansas, the last of the 50 states on my life-list. After getting into Arkansas, I initiated a slight change in course to move me further North rather than staying on I-40. Today was pretty much a 'just keep ridin' day.

Today, I was headed for Chaffee, MO as a destination. As I approached Chaffee, there were SERIOUS storm clouds closing in from the West. There was lightning and thunder aplenty. At the main intersection in town there was a lone gas station with an awning, I quickly ducked in just in time to beat the downpour. The wind was so strong that the rain was coming sideways and got the bike, but I was safely inside having a cup of coffee. As I waited out the storm I shared my adventures with other wary motorists. Then the power went out all over town. The station locked their doors and left the group of us huddled under the awning. I asked about the closest motel and was told it was 10 miles North in Cape Girardeau, but that looked to be where the storm center was located. After the rain let up and the road dried from the heat, I headed South to Sikeston, some 20 miles away, but toward brighter skies. I got to Sikeston, found a Days Inn, got unloaded, and then another MAJOR thunderstorm hit around me. This storm knocked out the internet service provider so that I could not upload updates I had written for this site.

Oh well, at least I am dry, out of the weather, and in the approximate location I had planned for getting home according to plan.

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Riding time: 11 hours 38 minutes

Actual distance:
    Today = 589 miles,
    Total   = 10,988 miles
Average Miles/Gallon: 41.5
Average Price/Gallon: $2.73 (Premium Grade)

Gas Used to Date:  $934.72

Completed all Fifty states on my 'Life's List'

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The first exit on I-40 in Arkansas produced a welcome place for breakfast.

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Strange fruit location in Arkansas

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