There are a lot more people living in this part of Arkansas than any part of the ride so far. And they all have dogs. And almost all the dogs are free to chase cyclist. Only a few chase us seriously but they are a real problem. They can get run over causing a serious accident. They like to try and bite your ankle. Plenty of cyclist are hurt by dogs. Luckily no one has had a serious mishap so far.
The recumbent tandem is Mike and Nancy Myers from KS. Behind them is Charlie also from Kansas. Mike and Nancy are incredible riders having done more than 20,000 miles of tours with PAC and this particular route at least two other times. A recumbent tandem is not a common bike so there is not a lot of serious engineering into making it light and efficient. Nancy says theirs weighs about 60 pounds. That this at least 20 pounds more than two bikes should weight. But Mike and Nancy push this thing up hills and fly down hills with the overall result being they are faster than me. So when I want to draft for a day, like tomorrow, I follow them.
Summary: 1,977 miles and 63,840 feet of climbs.