counted down the miles on the ride to Helena on Day 15, by reading
all the billboards for the Lady Luck Casino, located just across
the Mississippi River. These were worse than the old South of
the Border signs on I-95. So with the goal of losing money in
the casino, we flew across this gently rolling part of Arkansas.
We took it fairly easy in the morning as we rode along with
George, Steve and Muffy. We earned George's company by loaning
him a spanner with which he adjusted his saddle from being very
uncomfortably nose up to a more children-possible-in-his-future
level position. He had apparently ridden Team RAAM with this
setup earlier in the summer and was just now coming to realize
how painful it was. He was forever grateful after borrowing
Shortly before lunch, we took a turn that allowed us to go
from a tough crosswind to an incredible tailwind. All in all,
this ride had a lot of tailwind, and we thoroughly enjoyed every
single bit of it. We flew into lunch at a local gin factory
- cotton gin that is.
After reading the billboards all day, we had to cross the river
and check out the casino. We parked the bike out front and got
$5 worth of quarters to feed the slot machines. We left when
we ran out of quarters. It didn't take long !