After breakfast, we grabbed one of the luggage carts and loaded up our gear. We used the elevator and a wheelchair ramp to take the cart right out to the trucks. Then we took it back upstairs and went to the office to check out.
I took the Yellow Route west and gassed up at a Conoco for $2.43 if you paid by credit card. They had a discount for cash but I conserve that for emergencies. Then we followed the Red Route around the north side of town to US 65, where we took the southbound ramp.
US 65 took us to Missouri 86 and 13 which then took us to the Arkansas border at Blue Eye. Next, Arkansas 21 took us the Berryville and US 62 took us to the Stonegate Inn. The usual route.
Laura, our reunion organizer, and her boyfriend Bill were on site when we rolled in to the Stonegate Inn. The Inn was in new hands and the office manager, Mike Harris, was very friendly as he got us our room keys (way ahead of the official check in time). I told him to expect some funny looks if he came to Ontario.
Lanny arrived after following his GPS 'winding roads' mode from Branson.
We unloaded the gear and the trailers. The new motorcycle tie-down method had worked perfectly so I won't be needing the extra "just in case" straps in the future. I looked at the tangled strap and, having given it some thought over the last few days, gave it one twist and it sorted itself out. Then we parked the trailers and the vehicles, hopefully for the duration.
Sherm, Sandy and I rode back to Berryville on the bikes to visit WalMart. I bought four Zebra G-301 gel pens. I can only find the pens in the USA but they have the refills in Canada. Go figure. We got back about 3:30 after following what had to be the slowest car in the Ozarks. Highway 62 through Eureka Springs has to be one of the most fun municipal roads I know, but a ride can be ruined pretty quickly by one slow flatlander behind the wheel of a car.
Sandy got a text from Diane saying that her mother Jan had hurt her hip. No trauma that anyone knows about, so everyone was hoping it was muscle related, and they gave her Tylenol 2's to see how she would respond.
Gambler and Bubbles rolled in shortly after we got back from Wally World. Cleve was here as well. Gambler told us about a restaurant around the corner run by an older Asian lady who specialized in fried chicken and stir fry. He said the food was the best he had ever seen in Eureka Springs, so we had to give it a try.
The food was OK but not what Gambler and Bubbles remembered. It seems Mom sold the establishment to her kids three months ago and they were now in charge of the kitchen.
Back at the hotel, Hot Sauce & Margot along with Okie Smoke arrived from Oklahoma towing their bikes. Hot Sauce was a key player here because our big BBQ later this week would be his specialty. Lucky Al from New Jersey, Bucky from Colorado and Jamey T &Trouble from South Dakota also put in an appearance. One new face was Will from Nebraska who has now been christened Hancock (you may be able to infer his last name from the nickname).
After John and Dom left, I retired to our room where Sherm and Sandy were already asleep.
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