Mileage: 185 miles
Route taken: Interstate 64, exit at
The next two days of riding were not going to be enjoyable at all. They were merely days of transit, not discovery, and it meant moving at a fast pace and not seeing much.
The most efficient way to do that is the interstate and
Interstate 64 runs right through to
Gone was my wandering nature. I was in the machine, pulled along the great freeway with everyone else, jockeying for position, tailgating those who didn’t get over to the right quick enough, and barely looking to the left or right of me. There was no scenery, just road and road that had to be conquered, not enjoyed. My mind was calculating how quick I could get to the next place. How long could I ride until I had to stop for gas? The gas station on the interstate makes it easier to get right back on the freeway and ride.
By the time I reached the state line of
I was stopping in
It struck me as odd that a small town like
It looked more fitting in a big city, but there it was, off
to the side of the interstate about 40 miles from
Greg has worked at the store, which has been open for more than 10 years, for several years and wasn’t really sure why it has done so well.
“I guess people would rather come out here to buy this stuff
than where they can be recognized,” he said while putting price tags on
The store looks like any retail outlet, sans the merchandise. It is bright and colorful and the merchandise is in categories against the wall or in make shift aisles, making it easier to find.
The clientele is primarily couples and they look at the store’s offerings of toys and dvds with the faces of serious shoppers.
The store has a large parking lot and that is by design to accommodate one of their more popular buyers – truckers.
“They come in all the time,” Greg said. “Sometimes I think they are just killing time. They don’t buy a lot of stuff. Just look around for a while.”
The Lion’s Den is a franchise with stores in states like
The towns they occupy are just like
The small towns they are in apparently don’t mind the money generated from the store.
“We don’t have any problems here,” Greg said. “They don’t mind us being here.”