Trip Log – Day 370 – Bentonville AR to Fayetteville AR

to-fayettevilleNovember 20, 2016 – Sunny, 50 degrees

Miles Today: 36

Miles to Date: 19,103

States to Date: 47

 img_8410Happiness is all about underplaying expectations. Thirty-six miles on a gorgeous day along the Razorback Greenway all the way to Fayetteville: what is not to love? Trail detours and construction all over Rogers that sent me spinning through Target and Cabela’s parking lots. By the time I recognized my frustration – and laughed at it – the detours ended. The last twenty miles through Springdale and into Fayetteville were every bit as lovely as my conceptions envisioned.

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img_8414A mini lending library and a bike – two of my favorite things in one!

Once I arrived at the hometown of the University of Arkansas, the day was all talk. I spent a lovely afternoon with Elysse Newman, recently appointed Head of the Department of Architecture at University of Arkansas, and her husband Michael Repovich, an architect working on the new Northwest Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Then I pedaled to my evening’s host, Hayden Sewall, for a fascinating discussion about Christianity that touched upon many of the perspectives of the 83,000 denominations worldwide that follow that religion.

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Hayden toured me through this nifty college town and took me to fountain that espouses peace in over 100 languages. We landed a streetside table at Tiny Tim’s Pizza for in-house brews, a tasty pizza, and a primo panorama of the holiday lights on Fayetteville’s square. Sorry Bentonville, Fayetteville’s lights are way snazzier.

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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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