started the day in Lawton OK, the weather improved quite a bit, still windy but nothing like yesterday, and the sun was actually out most of the day. temps were in the high 30's early in the morning, so we took our time drinking coffee and waited until about 9:30am to get on the road. mid 40's was much more civilized. we took 7E to Davis, two lane highway through farms, some small ranches, and lots of small towns. it's not like traveling cross country on the freeways, when you're taking the back roads there's always towns or speed zones that slow you down so original estimates are off. got on the 1E the Chicksaw turnpike, turns into just the 1E to ADA OK, and had lunch there.
beautiful country side, got on the 270 E to the 271 south, and finally arrived at the start of the Talimena scenic ride, in Talihina, where we ended up stopping for the night because we were running out of daylight. It's right on the border of Arkansas, and on the weekends it is apparently a popular bike ride, according to the locals. a bunch of harley's pulled into our little hotel and were polishing their bikes getting ready for tomorrows ride.
the town is very small but has a lot of personality. We ate dinner at "Pam's Hateful Hussy Diner". once inside it is very apparent the owner has serious issues with her husband and men in general (all in fun, I think).
a few things became apparent after a few days of riding through small town America; many of the store fronts are vacant in all of the small towns, everything is green, compared to the left coast, there are millions of cows, and hunting clothing is everyday wear in the Heartland, and I want a good cowboy hat (probably never wear it, but want one anyway).