Bike Adventure Day 19


The Red Lick United Methodist Church were so loving and so hospitable. After having pizza for us upon arrival and dinner that night, they had care packages and came in this morning at 6 am to make us breakfast. Two of the lovely ladies shed tears as we rode away.

Today was a short day, 60 miles. Out of Texas and into Oklahoma. I have to say the good ol boy trucker attitude gets old quite fast. Most drivers were courteous enough, but a few were gueninely needing to be taught some manners. For those of you that drive, honking your horn furiously behind a cyclist is not going to remedy your situation. Many times we are where we are because there is no other safe place for us to be. Also honking your horn could startle us and cause us to crash, then you would be running over a cyclist and not going anywhere fast. So rest assured as soon as I have the space to move aside I gladly will.

So far, in Oklahoma the highway we were traveling had no shoulder, single lanes most of the way and big trucks up and down the highway. Jumping off the road is sketchy due to unknown critters lurking in the grass. The ride was smooth and rough at times today. Mostly things got scary as we entered the last segment of the ride.

On a side note, my right elbow and hand hurt tremendously. I have been icing, taking Alleve and Advil to help mitigate the pain. We are working our way to Oklahoma City to work on some build projects and hopefully some rest soon.

The Red Lick United Methodist Church were so loving and so hospitable. After having pizza for us upon arrival and dinner that night, they had care packages and came in this morning at 6 am to make us breakfast. Two of the lovely ladies shed tears as we rode away.

Today was a short day, 60 miles. Out of Texas and into Oklahoma. I have to say the good ol boy trucker attitude gets old quite fast. Most drivers were courteous enough, but a few were gueninely needing to be taught some manners. For those of you that drive, honking your horn furiously behind a cyclist is not going to remedy your situation. Many times we are where we are because there is no other safe place for us to be. Also honking your horn could startle us and cause us to crash, then you would be running over a cyclist and not going anywhere fast. So rest assured as soon as I have the space to move aside I gladly will.

So far, in Oklahoma the highway we were traveling had no shoulder, single lanes most of the way and big trucks up and down the highway. Jumping off the road is sketchy due to unknown critters lurking in the grass. The ride was smooth and rough at times today. Mostly things got scary as we entered the last segment of the ride.

On a side note, my right elbow and hand hurt tremendously. I have been icing, taking Alleve and Advil to help mitigate the pain. We are working our way to Oklahoma City to work on some build projects and hopefully some rest soon.

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We arrived at Idabel and the Bypass Church of Christ. They offered us dinner and had wonderful shower facilities. It is amazing how much importance one puts on shower facilities while on a trek like this one. There was a service and bonfire tonight. I decided to stick around and help repack coolers and organize our food. The idea of labeling has come to fruitation. Yay, now we have to get rid of some food in the next days or it will go bad. Anyway, long ride tomorrow, hot day, early out. We will have breakfast at 5 am and on the road by 6. Holy cow, that is damn early.

We arrived at Idabel and the Bypass Church of Christ. They offered us dinner and had wonderful shower facilities. It is amazing how much importance one puts on shower facilities while on a trek like this one. There was a service and bonfire tonight. I decided to stick around and help repack coolers and organize our food. The idea of labeling has come to fruitation. Yay, now we have to get rid of some food in the next days or it will go bad. Anyway, long ride tomorrow, hot day, early out. We will have breakfast at 5 am and on the road by 6. Holy cow, that is damn early.

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