NY man biking throughout America reveals ‘random acts of kindness’ in Arkansas

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By Stacy Connor


A New York man who’s biking by all 50 U.S. states within the span of a yr has found “peace and quiet” amid his journey by the southern state of Arkansas

However not simply that — he is additionally appreciated random acts of kindness from his fellow Individuals “in the course of nowhere.”

Bob Barnes, 52, of Syracuse, N.Y. has been sharing his newest journey experiences and discoveries with Fox Information Digital, together with his twenty seventh capital go to: Little Rock, Arkansas.

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The previous Uber driver arrived within the metropolis on Monday afternoon, simply days after he crossed into Arkansas from Oklahoma on Friday, Feb. 11.

This week, Barnes shared a few of his reflections about “The Pure State,” in addition to his appreciation for our nation and its folks.

‘Free water!’

As Barnes was biking in solitude, he observed a small fridge on the aspect of a rural highway. 

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Bob Barnes instructed Fox Information Digital he skilled random acts of kindness within the state of Arkansas. He got here throughout this fridge “in the course of nowhere.” (Courtesy of Bob Barnes)

Posted on the entrance of the fridge was a be aware: “Free water! If you’re in want of a snack or drink, please take one!”

Inside was fruit and different objects obtainable to anybody who wanted them.

Barnes stated he grabbed a Swiss roll and went on his method.

Barnes told Fox News Digital that he took a Swiss roll from the fridge.

Barnes defined that he took a Swiss roll from this fridge, which he noticed on the aspect of a rural highway.  (Courtesy of Bob Barnes)

“That form of offers you a really feel for not simply Arkansas and Little Rock, however the entire nation,” he stated. 

“The entire nation [commits] these random acts of kindness. It’s fairly fascinating.”

Barnes described the folks of Arkansas as “very outgoing and inquisitive.” 

The folks he is met — although these encounters have been few and much between, he stated — have rapidly acknowledged his New York accent. 

He stated they have been interested in his distinctive journey by America.

“In Arkansas, they only need to know every thing,” Barnes stated. 

“In a pleasant method,” he added. 

Arkansas parks ‘among the many prime state parks’ 

In a state identified for its breathtaking waters, Barnes loved his trip alongside the Arkansas River. 

He stayed for 2 nights at campgrounds on the shoreline, an expertise he described as “superior throughout the board.”

“They’re lovely they usually’re huge,” Barnes stated of the Arkansas parks. 

“I’ve stayed in state parks in each state, and [the Arkansas parks are] among the many prime state parks,” Barnes added.

Barnes additionally drank within the views from the bridges that cross the Arkansas River as he pedaled throughout overpasses.

Bob Barnes' Little Rock beer

To rejoice his arrival in Little Rock, Barnes took just a few moments to get pleasure from a draft beer.  (Courtesy of Bob Barnes)

“You don’t get that probability fairly often to be on a bicycle and cease in the course of a bridge on the highest of the Arkansas River,” Barnes identified.

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Barnes arrived in Little Rock round 3:20 p.m. on Monday, exterior the capitol constructing.

Because the capitol constructing — which he described as a “behemoth” — had already closed by the point he received there, Barnes wasn’t capable of go inside. 

Barnes told Fox that he arrived in Little Rock on Monday afternoo

This is among the many photographs that Bob Barnes shared with Fox Information Digital as he arrived by bicycle in Little Rock on Monday afternoon — just some days after he crossed into the state from Oklahoma on Friday, Feb. 11. (Courtesy of Bob Barnes)

Little Rock’s ‘distinctive’ structure

Barnes did discover the enduring 10-foot-tall bronze doorways, nevertheless — and appreciated them.

They had been made by New York’s Tiffany Studios in 1910, in keeping with the Arkansas State Capitol Self Guided Tour. 

“They’re very distinctive,” Barnes stated. 

“They only draw your consideration.”

Capitol Building

The doorways of the capitol constructing actually stood out for Bob Barnes. “They’re very distinctive,” he stated. (Courtesy of Bob Barnes)

After Barnes snapped footage of the capitol constructing, he stopped for a beer to rejoice his arrival.

‘He was cool’

On his method out of Little Rock, Barnes spoke with a police officer about the place he may keep for the night time with out stepping into any hassle. 

“I used to be forthright with him,” Barnes recalled. “I instructed him who I used to be and what I used to be doing … And he was superior. He was similar to, ‘So long as you’re not bothering anyone, you possibly can sleep anyplace you need down the highway.'”

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“After I camp, I’m extra frightened about bothering regulation enforcement or having any person name them and are available examine on me,” stated Barnes. 

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“However he was cool, in order that simply offers you a bit of little bit of perception into the police and the way they deal with me out right here,” he added.

‘Heat climate in entrance of us’

Although the climate hasn’t been as excessive because it was in Oklahoma — there, Barnes needed to cease for 2 days due to snowstorms — temperatures have been chilly.

Barnes was glad the climate was trying up. 

“We’re getting heat climate in entrance of us, so then I can open up my horizons a bit of bit extra as an alternative of simply specializing in staying heat and discovering a spot to sleep,” Barnes stated.

As the times progressively lengthen, Barnes stated he was trying ahead to tackling volunteer work, one thing he is been attempting to do alongside his whole journey each time doable.

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On his first day in Arkansas, he was capable of donate blood. 

That is the third time he’s executed so on his “throughout America” journey. He believes in giving again. 

Subsequent cease: The Pelican State

“I’m an city dweller,” Barnes, who’s single, additionally revealed. “I’d quite be biking by New York Metropolis than out within the nation.”

He added, “However, you combine it up. You get the surroundings within the nation. Within the metropolis, you get the motion.”

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Although he’s loved Arkansas, Barnes stated he’s prepared for what nonetheless lies forward.

Bob Barnes is cycling to all 50 U.S. state capitals this year

Bob Barnes, in entrance of the Arkansas state capitol constructing. He is biking to all 50 U.S. state capitals this yr. “One capital at a time,” he stated.  (Courtesy of Bob Barnes)

Even so — and regardless of craving change — Barnes stated he’s not trying too far forward.

“One capital at a time,” he stated of his planning. 

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“That’s it. So proper now, I’m centered on Baton Rouge [Louisiana] — and nothing previous it.”

Keep tuned for Barnes’ very subsequent cease in The Pelican State.

And by the way in which, for all readers’ readability as Barnes continues his journey: He plans to bike to Juneau, Alaska, after taking a ferry there from Canada. 

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He’ll additionally bike to Honolulu, Hawaii — after flying along with his bike to the island.



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