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Old 02-16-09, 05:34 PM   #1
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President's Day

I celebrated President's Day by going to the Clinton Library. They were letting everyone in for free.

A nice exhibit of Peter Max's work was opening today, but there was other interesting stuff in "world's largest doublewide" as the museum is sometimes known.

Featured prominently was the yellow jersey that Lance Armstrong wore when winning the '99 Tour De France. They also had his helmet and bike. I'm not sure if he rode the bike in the TdF, but it was interesting to see. A 10 cogs on the back and a double ring on the front must have made for some interesting cross-chain action. It had a Shimano Ultegra grupo and of course a carbon-fiber frame. I didn't catch the other stuff. Pretty bike, and the museum had painted the hook holding the bike to match the detailing on the bike.
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Lucky you! The only Presidential libraries we have around these parts are Tricky Dicky's and Ronnie Raygun's.
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I celebrated President's Day by going to the Clinton Library. They were letting everyone in for free.
You have to pay to get into the library???
The Carter Center is here in Atlanta but I've never been there by bike, car or Marta.
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I read an interesting op ed piece ranking the 42 Presidents (counting Grover Cleveland only once) in order of achievement, with Lincoln, Washington, and the two Roosevelts on top and Buchanan in the bargain basement. William Henry Harrison got a low rating, but perhaps a one-month President should not even count. Tyler, who took over for him, didn't score much better, and neither did Taft, arguably the heaviest man ever to occupy the White House.
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Adjacent to the library, there is an old railroad bridge spanning the Arkansas River. As part of the deal to build the Clinton Center, the bridge was supposed to be restored and converted into a bicycle/pedestrian bridge. After checking out the library, I went over to see how things were going.



Sadly, the bridge sits there untouched and the Clinton center seems undisposed to lift a finger. Bicycle, skating and walking activists are working to push them into completing their part of the bargain.
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Hello Artkansas, i am planing on taking my old friend to White Hall near Pine Bluff, i will bring along my bike with me and head up to Little Rock to visit the Big Dam bridge, i will also ride on their 12 miles bike trail as well, any info on that? does it share with cars or it's a bike path itself?
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I've been to a number of homes and memorials of ex-presidents. Only Presidential Libraries were McKinley, Truman and LBJ. The McKinley library & museum in Canton, OH is very impressive. Of the homes, the most fascinating was Jefferson's Monticello.
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Hello Artkansas, i am planing on taking my old friend to White Hall near Pine Bluff, i will bring along my bike with me and head up to Little Rock to visit the Big Dam bridge, i will also ride on their 12 miles bike trail as well, any info on that? does it share with cars or it's a bike path itself?


I think you will enjoy it. The best part of the trail is on the North Little Rock side, above is a picture from the NLR side. Most of that is separate trail, but the parts where you share the road are pretty low traffic. On the Little Rock side, the trail is not finished from downtown to Rebsamen park, and you have to ride among traffic most of that distance. Its not too bad once you get out of downtown. From Rebsamen to the Big Dam Bridge the road and trail are separate. There is a map on the River Trails website.
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Adjacent to the library, there is an old railroad bridge spanning the Arkansas River. As part of the deal to build the Clinton Center, the bridge was supposed to be restored and converted into a bicycle/pedestrian bridge. After checking out the library, I went over to see how things were going.



Sadly, the bridge sits there untouched and the Clinton center seems undisposed to lift a finger. Bicycle, skating and walking activists are working to push them into completing their part of the bargain.
A US president breaking his trust? I am shocked and apalled.........................!!!
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