Small Town USA–Part Two

The next day of our trip found us in Hardy, AR.
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Hardy sits next to the Spring River and was established as a result of booming railroad construction in the late 1880’s. Now with a population of less than 800, Hardy boasts many antique stores
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along with many talented artists that display metal work, pottery, and candy. hardy, motorcycle,

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remember candy cigarettes?
The lady at the candy store highly recommended The Pig ‘n Whistle for lunch. hardy, motorcycle
The couple that own the restaurant, Philip (who is from Liverpool) and Rebecca (whose family is from Hardy) met while working together on a cruise ship.  In 2009, they moved to Hardy and in 2011 opened the Pig ‘n Whistle.  Together they are bringing British style and food to the tiny town of Hardy.
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Their very Mini Cooper
Oh my!  Look who we ran into!
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photo courtesy of Pig ‘n Whistle
How lucky we were to show up on a day when the Queen Mother was working.  She had a little trouble counting back change, but other than that, she was delightful!
Just kidding, of course.
The food was great and the atmosphere even better.  Philip and Rebecca were on hand to answer any questions we had about the menu and the unique decor throughout the restaurant.
The next leg of our journey took us on a scenic route to the Peel Ferry.  On the way, we crossed many rivers and lakes
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and enjoyed the beauty of Arkansas and the unbelievable weather.
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If you want to take Hwy 125 into Missouri, the only way to cross Bull Shoals Lake is by ferry.
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The Peel Ferry is the only public ferryboat left in the state.  There is only one small ferry, so if you get to the ramp just after the ferry has left, you will have about a 45 minute wait to cross.
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Here comes the ferry
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Our Captain
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the other side
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Now I can honestly say I’ve crossed over to the other side.
Have a great Monday!
p.s. coming up next–how I got my biker name