Fayetteville, Arkansas annually hosts the second largest bike rally in the USA. We were fortunate enough to be staying only an hour away from this glorious event. So when in Rome... We haven't been to Sturgis bike rally so we really can't compare the two. It was enough for us. Fayetteville historic downtown if full of unique architecture, interesting bars, and a lot of life. Today, it was full of any and all types of bikes. The age demographic was older than I expected. Our first stop was Cannibal and draft (Facebook page). I ordered off the menu as I so often do. The bartender made me a lime and basil martini. It was quite good. This place handcrafts all their drinks. Every ingredient fresh and local. Our kind of place. They don't have a website but it is a must stop when in town. Mike and I both have our motorcycle license and we have had bikes in the past. We are amazed at the diversity in bikers. At this event, clubs wore their "colors." Most of the clubs supported cancer, child abuse, etc. I thought that was pretty cool. For late lunch we stopped in at Emilia's Mediterranean Kitchen (Facebook page).They don't seem to have a website either. We were quite impressed with Fayetteville, Arkansas. Everyone working the event was friendly and gave out free water!
There are RV resorts near where Mike is working but they are crowded. They do provide sewer hook ups and free WiFi/cable. The sites are so close together that the neighbor's sewer/ electric hook ups are only a few feet from your picnic table. Ugh! So we moved to Natural Falls state park near by. As I have mentioned before it is beautiful, however, we can only stay 2 weeks then we have to leave for few days. There is no sewer hook ups only a dump station which means once a week we have to pack up to empty our grey tanks. We have 2 grey tanks (125 gallons) and no black tank because we use a composting toilet. The whole process takes about 2 hours total.
There isn't wifi/cable accessibility here. We rely on mirroring our cell phone with the TV, so we can watch Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. We have an HD antenna to get a few local channels. The Mifi is my main source for the internet. I only have 12 GB for a month so I monitor usage closely. I have unlimited data on my phone but sometimes it is hard to work from a phone.
We traded modern conveniences for natural beauty and tranquility. This park is closer Flint Creek Power Plant than our previous location at The Creeks RV resort.
Where to go when we have to step out of the park for a weekend. Trying to find a place for the weekend would seem relatively easy. Not. Our rig is 37 ft. long and a lot of great parks only allow up to 32 ft. No exceptions either. Plus, we don't book our weekend "get aways" until last minute because we might have to move to another job in another state. We just don't have a set schedule right now.
For Labor day weekend, we are traveling to Foss Lake State Park go kayaking and possibly horseback riding. Then we are driving the Jeep up to Alabaster Cavern State Park to explore the only gypsum cave in the United States and second largest in the world.
We have reached 100 days of full time RV living. The days leading up to this moment have been filled with some great and not so great memories which I have documented on this blog. We have a learned a lot and still have a lot to learn.
We have learned if it is going to happen, it will happen to us.
For example, we are staying in a state park. After two weeks you have to leave for a period of time before you can check back in to the park. On Aug. 14th, we decided to go to the Lake of the Ozarks, MO which is a bit of trek even with an early start. We blew an air bag not even halfway there. Air was squealing out of the rear passenger side of the rig. We made it to Joplin, MO to Joplin Freightliner Sales and Service center. Know your chassis! We have Freightliner so have to go a Freightliner for repairs under warranty. They deal with semi trucks so they had to order the part from a warehouse in Memphis, TN. We parked the rig in the back parking lot, leveled, and opened the passenger side slides. We could only open one side because a tractor trailer was on the other side. We settled in for the night. Yes, we stayed at the 24 hour service center where trucks were continually pulling in and out. The good part about RV living is all you need is always with you. With the black out shades pulled, we tried to block out the outside world. We ran the generator to stay cool, made dinner and watched TV. The worst part was the train tracks were about 200 feet from where we had to park. Trains ran all night with horns a blazing. The part came in the next morning. We couldn't make it to our original destination because we lost so much time. We searched for nearby locales. I found Baxter Campground on Table Rock Lake near Branson, MO. which was just over 2 hours away. We pulled into a lake front site. Just beautiful! Trying to salvage our weekend we took the jeep and headed into Branson (40 min drive). Walking through downtown Branson we stumbled upon the Branson Scenic Railway just as it was about to depart for a dinner ride. We hopped on! The next morning we went to the Baxter Marina to rent a wave runner. Best way to explore a lake is to be on it. The water was warm and sky was bright blue. The dread of Friday night sleeping in the Freightliner Parking lot seemed forever ago. We hated to leave Table Rock Lake but Mike had to back to work on Monday at Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry, AR. About an hour to go to Natural Falls State park in OK a pick-up truck in front of us kicked up a rock and cracked our windshield! I just want to know when we can travel from point A to point B without something breaking! Today I am sitting waiting for the glass service person to arrive and hopefully fix our windshield. We have safety glass insurance option which we highly recommend RV owners purchase. We seem to always find fun in the mist of turmoil.
Mike & Kat
Kat left teaching after 18 years to travel throughout the USA with her husband, Mike, who is an engineer for a Power generation company.