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A Recent York man who’s cycling through all 50 U.S. states within the span of a yr has discovered “peace and quiet” amid his journey through the southern state of Arkansas. 

But not only that — he’s also appreciated random acts of kindness from his fellow Americans “in the course of nowhere.”

Bob Barnes, 52, of Syracuse, N.Y. has been sharing his latest travel experiences and discoveries with Fox News Digital, including his twenty seventh capital visit: Little Rock, Arkansas.

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The previous Uber driver arrived in town on Monday afternoon, just days after he crossed into Arkansas from Oklahoma on Friday, Feb. 11.

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

‘Free water!’

As Barnes was cycling in solitude, he noticed a small refrigerator on the side of a rural road. 

Bob Barnes told Fox News Digital he experienced random acts of kindness within the state of Arkansas. He got here across this fridge “in the course of nowhere.”
(Courtesy of Bob Barnes)

Posted on the front of the fridge was a note: “Free water! When you are in need of a snack or drink, please take one!”

Inside was fruit and other items available to anyone who needed them.

Barnes said he grabbed a Swiss roll and went on his way.

Barnes explained that he took a Swiss roll from this fridge, which he spotted on the side of a rural road. 

Barnes explained that he took a Swiss roll from this fridge, which he spotted on the side of a rural road. 
(Courtesy of Bob Barnes)

“That type of gives you a feel for not only Arkansas and Little Rock, but the entire country,” he said. 

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

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

The people he’s met — though those encounters have been few and much between, he said — have quickly recognized his Recent York accent. 

He said they have been interested by his unique journey through America.

“In Arkansas, they simply need to know every part,” Barnes said. 

“In a pleasant way,” he added. 

Arkansas parks ‘among the many top state parks’ 

In a state known for its breathtaking waters, Barnes enjoyed his ride along the Arkansas River. 

He stayed for 2 nights at campgrounds on the shoreline, an experience he described as “awesome across the board.”

Before he left Little Rock, Barnes stopped to enjoy a beer. 

Before he left Little Rock, Barnes stopped to enjoy a beer. 
(Courtesy of Bob Barnes)

“They’re beautiful and so they’re big,” Barnes said of the Arkansas parks. 

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

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

To celebrate his arrival in Little Rock, Barnes took a few moments to enjoy a draft beer. 

To have a good time his arrival in Little Rock, Barnes took a couple of moments to enjoy a draft beer. 
(Courtesy of Bob Barnes)

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

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

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

This is one of the many images that Bob Barnes shared with Fox News Digital as he arrived by bicycle in Little Rock on Monday afternoon — just a few days after he crossed into the state from Oklahoma on Friday, Feb. 11.

That is one in every of the numerous images that Bob Barnes shared with Fox News Digital as he arrived by bicycle in Little Rock on Monday afternoon — just a couple of days after he crossed into the state from Oklahoma on Friday, Feb. 11.
(Courtesy of Bob Barnes)

Little Rock’s ‘unique’ architecture

Barnes did notice the long-lasting 10-foot-tall bronze doors, nonetheless — and appreciated them.

They were made by Recent York’s Tiffany Studios in 1910, based on the Arkansas State Capitol Self Guided Tour. 

“They’re very unique,” Barnes said. 

“They simply draw your attention.”

The doors of the capitol building really stood out for Bob Barnes.

The doors of the capitol constructing really stood out for Bob Barnes. “They’re very unique,” he said.
(Courtesy of Bob Barnes)

After Barnes snapped pictures of the capitol constructing, he stopped for a beer to have a good time his arrival.

‘He was cool’

On his way out of Little Rock, Barnes spoke with a police officer about where he might stay for the night without moving into any trouble. 

“I used to be forthright with him,” Barnes recalled. “I told him who I used to be and what I used to be doing … And he was awesome. He was similar to, ‘So long as you’re not bothering anybody, you possibly can sleep anywhere you wish down the road.'”

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“Once I camp, I’m more apprehensive about bothering law enforcement or having any person call them and are available check on me,” said Barnes. 

“But he was cool, in order that just gives you a bit little bit of insight into the police and the way they treat me out here,” he added.

‘Warm weather in front of us’

Though the weather hasn’t been as extreme because it was in Oklahoma — there, Barnes needed to stop for 2 days due to snowstorms — temperatures have been chilly.

Barnes was glad the weather was looking up. 

“We’re getting warm weather in front of us, so then I can open up my horizons a bit bit more as a substitute of just specializing in staying warm and finding a spot to sleep,” Barnes said.

Because the days regularly lengthen, Barnes said he was looking forward to tackling volunteer work, something he’s been attempting to do along his entire trip at any time when possible.

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

That is the third time he’s done so on his “across America” trip. He believes in giving back. 

Next stop: The Pelican State

“I’m an urban dweller,” Barnes, who’s single, also revealed. “I’d moderately be biking through Recent York City than out within the country.”

He added, “But, you combine it up. You get the scenery within the country. In town, you get the motion.”

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Though he’s enjoyed Arkansas, Barnes said he’s ready for what still lies ahead.

Bob Barnes, in front of the Arkansas state capitol building. He's cycling to all 50 U.S. state capitals this year.

Bob Barnes, in front of the Arkansas state capitol constructing. He’s cycling to all 50 U.S. state capitals this yr. “One capital at a time,” he said. 
(Courtesy of Bob Barnes)

Even so — and despite craving change — Barnes said he’s not looking too far ahead.

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

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“That’s it. So without delay, I’m focused on Baton Rouge [Louisiana] — and nothing past it.”

Stay tuned for Barnes’ very next stop in The Pelican State.

And by the way in which, for all readers’ clarity 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 also bike to Honolulu, Hawaii — after flying along with his bike to the island.

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