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Jonesboro, AR -- Melissa Simas reports

Heavy Showers Leave Some Stranded in Region 8

July 16, 2004 -- Posted 3:30 p.m. CDT

Jonesboro, AR -- Afternoon showers on Friday came down on Region 8 like a ton of bricks.

The rain forced shoppers outside Walmart to take cover, and over in Bono the showers forced Gil Patterson from California to stay dry by taking refuge at Jr. Foods.

"What ever happens happens, I keep moving, stay out of trouble," said Patterson.

But the troubling weather put Patterson's cross-country bike expedition on hold. He's been traveling on wheels for weeks.

"I'm going to have to hunker down until the rain stops for a little bit, but you have to deal with it, sometimes you just keep walking you can't ride a bike in the rain," said Patterson. "I've never been to Arkansas before, everybody has been real nice, it's a prettier state than I thought it was going to be."

And hopefully for Patterson, he'll get a chance to explore even more of the Natural State, just as long as the rain stays at his back.

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