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Old 05-30-2011, 01:32 PM   #15
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DAY 5: Alma, AR - Batersville OK

It is Bartlesville, OK...

Day 5 takes us from western Arkansas into eastern Oklahoma.

Preparing to leave motel in Alma, AR, relatively late:



Last shot in Arkansas:


We did not expect the eastern section of Oklahoma's TAT to be so beautiful. Here's the Illinois River:


As soon as we hit wet pavement, my rear slid from under me on a tight turn...our first flat tire of the trip, a nail:





Here's the video summary for Day 5. Apologies for the format again...it will be fixed for Day 7 for western Oklahoma. Video 5 takes you from western Arkansas and Devil's Den Park into eastern Oklahoma as the terrain flattens out. Lots of cows.



By the end of the day today, between reroutes due to flooding, GPX file of Arkansas deleted, no GPS topo map of eastern Oklahoma, less than ideal navigation, tire and tire pressure choices and just lack of dirt roads, the 500 to 700 miles of pavement we hit ate away our tire tread. Not knowing the conditions for the rest of the trip, inability to find another motorcycle dealer close to our route until hitting Colorado, we ordered new set of Pirelli MT21 tires this morning from an MX repair shop in Bartlesville, OK Shep's Motorcycle to be delivered tomorrow morning...If you're wondering, Shep's seems to be the only MX repair shop in the Arkansas/Oklahoma/NM sections of the TAT. Good to know if you're planning to ride them.
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