460 miles, ~9 hrs 45 minutes
Packed and ready.
The plan: LA drives the Xterra on the main roads, Red and I take the backroads and we meet at the end of the day at Black Mesa SP, OK.
We head to Colorado every August for a couple magical weeks to escape the oppressive Texas heat. Today is a cool 95, earlier in the week we had hit 108.
Rather than taking US 287 to Amarillo, I hit the backroads and headed north for Oklahoma. This road I've ridden hundreds of times was blocked at both ends as they were replacing an old bridge with a metal culvert. My first obstacle only 25 miles from home. An omen, perhaps?
Crossing the Red River, a visual border between states on US 70 into Oklahoma, where US 70 becomes US 70/183.
It was here that I realized I forgot my rain gear. Another omen this soon? Fortunately LA had not departed yet and a quick phone call remedied the oversight. I guess cell phones aren't so bad. When there is an alternate means of transporting your gear, it is simple to do a slouchy job of packing the bike. Tools, tire irons, spare front and rear tubes all stay in the pvc tube and ugly faded green backpack permanently.