Arkansas is truly a hidden gem in the United States. We rode into Arkansas from Memphis, TN on a century ride. It began flat and windy which really was a poor first impression of the state. As we continued to move across, we event silly hit the Ozark Mountain Range - the most beautiful part of Arkansas in my opinion.
It's beautiful rides like this that make me wish I had a Go-Pro. There are so many beautiful scenes I can't take photos of while riding. But I'm doing what I can to stop and enjoy the scenery as much as possible. The Ozarks were not nearly as intense of a climb as the Blue Ridge Mountains, but we did encounter a few steep and curvy ascents and descents. It was also lots of fun riding the end of the ride in the pouring rain.
We had two build days in Arkansas. One in Little Rock and one in Fayetteville. In Little Rock, we had the opportunity to work in their massive ReStore. The space that the Restore was located in was an old car garage that had been donated. They had plenty of space to do pre-fabrication work for build sites and also sold a variety of things from building materials to books. It was like a thrift store but better. We worked on clearing a lot that will eventually be developed into a garden.
Working in Fayetteville we had the chance to build on a two story house with Habitat. We met a future home owner, Sarah, who shared her inspiring story about overcoming from addiction and trouble with the law to becoming a role model for her three children and a homeowner. Although we didn't get to work on her house, we found out that if we choose to grant our funds to Washington County Habitat for Humanity, it will go directly to Sarah's house that they will break ground on in August.
We're getting pretty close to the halfway point on our journey. Tomorrow we leave Arkansas, pass breifly through Missouri and complete our ride in Grove, OK. after all these mountains, I think I'm ready to take on the long and windy plains!