#HOGWild Day 2

Wow! What an incredible day 2 of our adventure.

Sleepy Heads vs. Motor Heads

I thought for sure when our heads hit the pillow last night that we’d be dead to the world for a good while. But I rolled over and looked at the clock at 6:17am and knew I wasn’t going back to sleep. Scott was still snoozing, so I grabbed my phone and sat in the tub with the shower running while I did my morning prayer time and bible reading.

Scott eventually woke up (3 hours later) and we spent a lazy Sunday morning together, eventually getting our church on with the Live Broadcast at Gateway Church. Jimmy Evans is doing a 5 week series on defeating the enemy, and he’s one of our favorite pastors. But we lost connection somewhere along the way, so only got to listen to half the message. We haven’t had great wifi luck in Arkansas, but we’ll finish it at some point. And thank goodness for late checkout at the Marriott, because we have yet to get on the bike before noon.

More Road Show Video!

The weather was gorgeous as we left Fort Smith and headed toward the infamous Pig Trail Scenic Byway along AR-23.

Scott and I have bluetooth in our helmets so we can talk to each other, and we had a lengthy discussion on why it’s called Pig Trail, and why anyone would purposefully build roads that look like scribbles on a notepad when they could be perfectly straight. Scott gave an excellent explanation as to the why. I guess that’s why he’s a doctor.

There’s a scenic view about halfway through the trail so we pulled over for a photo op. It was also a good place to stop and stretch. My behind was starting to feel the ride at this point.

Fashion vs. Function

When we got back on the bike, I had the opportunity to take this photo with my new Chanel Wallet on Chain, which I’ve decided is the perfect handbag for biker ladies, and clearly they need to market it as such.

Pig Trail was a fun ride, and we followed AR-23 all the way to Eureka Springs, where we decided to stay for the night. Eureka Springs is a super cool town. They have a population of just over 2,000 people, and more than eighty restaurants. I’ll let that sink in for a second.

Gorgeous Town

What’s been fun for me (since I’m new to the motorcycle world) is that this is a heavily populated motorcycle town. The hotels and restaurants are all biker friendly, and it’s such a great community of people. I’ve enjoyed talking to random riders at stores and restaurants. Everyone is on a journey, and it’s so cool to listen to their stories.

We’ve bunked for the night at a place called The Lodge. It’s owned by a very nice husband and wife who live here on the property and do everything themselves. The whole place is a throwback in time, with real keys that open the doors and old school phones with a cord in the room. They made it very homey for us, even setting out wine glasses and an ice bucket for our stay. Plus our room has a jacuzzi, which was perfect for soaking after riding.

After a little down time in the room, we got back on the bike and decided to do some exploring. This place is a biker’s dream as far as the roads go. There are twists and turns, different elevations, the roads are canopied by towering trees, and creek waters rush over rocks beneath the bridges. The town is quaint and surprisingly sprawling, considering the size of the population.

Big Jesus

One of the winding roads led us to Passion Play Road, which is a replica of a Jerusalem marketplace. They do a Holy Land Tour as well as perform The Great Passion Play. There’s also a 67 foot statue of Christ of the Ozarks, which we had to stop and take a picture in front of. Thank goodness Scott brought the tripod and remote for the camera. He’s always thinking ahead!

We explored the town a little longer, not bothering to look at a map, and we eventually stopped for dinner at a place called Myrtie May’s. They’re famous for their fried chicken, so that’s what I got. Scott ordered a club sandwich for some reason. The fried chicken was delicious. He missed out.

Fried Chicken Brings Rain

A few minutes before we paid the check we heard the first rumble of thunder. We double-timed it out to the bike while the temperature dropped and the wind picked up. Lightning flashed and droplets of rain fell sparsely, but it was only a matter of time before the skies opened. We made it back to The Lodge just in time, and now we’re cozied up in the room listening to the thunder and the rainfall.

It’s been a great day for adventure and romance.

Until tomorrow!

Leah and Scott

14 responses to #HOGWild Day 2

  1. Love this place the place has the corner on wierd houses built into the mtn streets with mirrors on the corners so you if someone is coming one of you will have to back up everyone that has an extra bedroom is a bed and breakfast and the artistry is amazing food is good too

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  2. Heather says:

    It’s nice that you have the capability with the blue tooth in the helmet to talk. Scott the Doctor, oh my that must have been a funny conversation with Mr. Wise guy. Lol
    Eureka Springs looks beautiful. Onward to the next stop!

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  3. Jim Higue says:

    I haven’t been in the wind for some time now. You guys have me longing for the open road. Looks like it’s time to plan a trip.

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  4. Rita Talbot says:

    It made my heart smile when I saw y’all had made it to Eureka and actually stopped,lodged there and took in some sights. Wish you could have been there long enough to take in the live passion play. Remarkable, as is that first glimpse of Christ of the Ozarks!!! !! Isn’t it amazing that the town, in spite of it’s attraction and traffic, has NO traffic lights!! My fav vacation spot ever.!!!

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    • Rita – we came here thanks to you. No way we’re we going to miss the Christ of the Ozarks after you recommended it. It was glorious that people were so committed to sharing Christ that they created this expression.

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  5. Connie Bollinger Fremin says:

    Love the “adventure and romance” part. Keep on keeping on, you guys.

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  6. Donna Ferriola says:

    Your trip so far is amazing and it is only the beginning. I love the quaint town and how nice the Lodge accommodation is. Have fun tomorrow on your romantic adventure and I hope it becomes a romance story eventually.

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  7. Jenn white says:

    What a beautiful experience you are sharing. The town looked so cute. Your pictures make my husband and I want to check it out. Safe travels.

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  8. nennab says:

    I can totally see a future story set in Eureka. I’m greatly enjoying reading about your adventures. It’s such a blessing that y’all have this time together šŸ™‚

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