Newton, KS to Jonesboro, AR (Sept. 6, 2015)

This travelogue report covers my journey on Sunday, September 6th, from Newton, Kansas to Jonesboro, Arkansas. The following map shows my route for this day’s nearly 9-hour journey of 488 miles, once again under a bright sunny sky the entire distance.

My route from Newton, KS to Jonesboro, AR

My route from Newton, KS to Jonesboro, AR

Upon departing the motel in Newton at 8:04 AM CDT, I rode south along I-135 for six miles to the exit for KS-196, which I then followed eastward until it intersected with KS-254 near El Dorado. On the east side of El Dorado, KS-254 merges with US-54. Nearly 33 miles from El Dorado, I turned south onto KS-99 for nearly 13 miles, also passing by the Fall River State Park, until reaching US-400.

Just after turning south south from US-54, I took these next two photos of the scenery along this very rural route.

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At the junction with US-400, I turned east and followed it nearly to the Missouri state line just south of Pittsburg. Although US-400 turns south at the junction with US-69, the road continues as KS-171 to Missouri, where it is designated MO-171 and then heads southward to Joplin. As I crossed the state line into Missouri, I took this next photo of the sign welcoming me into Missouri.


Just north of Joplin, I turned east on MO-96 through Carthage until reaching the junction with I-44. I rode along I-44 for just ten miles until turning south on MO-360, the James River Freeway, which later is also designated US-60 and briefly as US-160 as it runs eastward on the southern side of Springfield.

From Springfield I continued east along US-60 as far as Willow Springs, where I turned south onto US-63, which I followed the remaining distance to Jonesboro, AR.

Shortly after crossing the state line into Arkansas at Mammoth Spring, I took this next photo of the scenery.


This final photo, taken only a few minutes later at 3:51 PM CDT, shows a shadow being cast across the highway, even though it was still quite early in the afternoon.


At 5:06 PM, I arrived at the Super-8 motel in Jonesboro. After checking in and unloading my luggage, I decided to ride to the Olive Garden restaurant at the nearby Mall at Turtle Creek.

That concludes this travelogue report for September 6th. The next day I continued to make my way across the rest of Arkansas, the southeastern Mississippi, and diagonally across Alabama. More about that day’s journey in my next report.


About Don

I'm a retired computer programmer who enjoys touring the country by motorcycle.
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