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1/5/09, Pine Bluff, AR - This was a long day of travel, but filled with some nice people and a great place to stay at the end of the day.
Most of the day was spent traveling down US Route 79. Our first stop was at an convenience store in the town of Humphrey, where we picked up some supplies and filled the water tank on the wagon. Quite a crowd gathered to hear our story and to see the team.
The terrain we traveled through for most of the day was either bayous, or harvested fields of rice and soybeans. Traffic was light and the day was clear and cool.
Approaching Pine Bluff, we met up with Danny Murdoch, who invited us to stop at his place and camp, another 6 miles up the road. After deciding that the north bridge across the Arkansas River was as good as the south one, we accepted and started down the road for his place.
Danny has us set up real good, with a very large pasture for the horses. Danny is a former Rodeo Steer Wrestler, who now runs several hundred head of cattle on land along the Arkansas River.
That evening, Danny and his friend Joe Richmond, another former Rodeo star, took Denise and I out to a nice Country and Western Tavern. Everybody had a great time and it was nice to be free of the wagon and have a chance to unwind.
This was a good place to rest the team, so we decided to accept an offer to lay over and rest them the next day.