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Old 06-23-2006, 06:44 AM   #16
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Onward we go--------more Oklahoma

Hi John,
I wish you were with us---your bike and riding style would have fit right in with us.


Navigation for this ride was Oh----so.......simple.
One quick glance down at my front fender kept us on track.




We would cross at least 400 cattle guards on this ride.



I truly enjoyed Okhahoma----they have been having some enormous rains and it made for some great greenery.


Quite a few neat old bridges out there.



Was the Missouri Green Slime in there--we took no chances.


We got very good at herding cows---this ornery cow took a little extra persuasion.
However,,,,,we were too find we weren't good at herding wild horses, bears, sheep, giant alien crickets from Mars.....nor antelope.


We could ride very fast on some of these old roads thru cattle country. It was great with very good traction.




Some of the old roads were very sandy----and our choice of bikes for this ride started to pay off.
We didn't know how good our choice of bikes would be.


I wasn't sure my 55 year old butt could hold up with the stock 2x4 seat on my Husky.
The "Oklahoma Turd Seat"
Patent pending.


Boise, Oklahoma--GasPipe found some Meheeeecan Tecate beer of course.


Met these nice cowboys on the trail----errrrrr......Motel
Rodeo cowboys they were, competing in the local rodeo----I so hoped I didn't have to get out my almost empty can of "Whip--Ass" to keep these boys in line.
The big guy had a bloody lip where a cow stepped on him.


The motels were ful because of the rodeo--------we got the last room in town with one bed.
They would be no "Spooning" on this ride. We flipped a coin and GasPipe lost....so you see here....
Camp GasPipe---tarp and all !!!



I was leading and running 60mph down a dirt and sandy narrow road across Oklahoma when I spied a golf cart up ahead.
I tried to run with him---he caught sight of me and put the pedal to the medal---his battery finally ran dead and I caught him.
Said he was an Adventure rider. It was a very cool crisp morning and the puppy was shivering. This guy was a hoot and was enjoying life to the fullest. He told us some really neat and interesting stuff about the area and where some dinosaur tracks were. The people of Oklahoma were so nice and friendly--never met such friendly people in my life.

He was a brave guy----said his wife was older than the dinosaur tracks and she quickly back handed him and almost knocked his hat off---yes, he was a hoot.
Camp GasPipe


See those flip flops under the cargo net ???? GasPipe never crashed on his bike thru the whole trip. But the flip flops were another story-----they were about 3 inches too long---I witnessed 4 endos-----3 flying W's--and 6 high sides in those things---they finally went in the dumpster before he killed himself---then he had to spend the rest of the ride going to breakfast in shorts--T-shirt---and moto boots---quite the sight I'm telling you.
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Old 06-23-2006, 07:01 AM   #17
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You guys are a hoot! Looks like fun.
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Old 06-23-2006, 07:13 AM   #18
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Would you ride with these guys ??????

Would you ride with these guys

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Old 06-23-2006, 07:18 AM   #19
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GasPipe----how many stop signs did we run in Oklahoma--I forgot ????
All of 'em!
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Old 06-23-2006, 08:02 AM   #20
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What's up Bigdog now you've got me missin my bike. Thanks! Well lookin forward to readin about the rest of your trip anyway. Looks like a good one.
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Old 06-23-2006, 09:02 AM   #21
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Old 06-23-2006, 09:03 AM   #22
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What's up Bigdog now you've got me missin my bike. Thanks! Well lookin forward to readin about the rest of your trip anyway. Looks like a good one.
At least you know it's in good hands........or is that bad hands ????????----come by anytime !!!! I haven't even had a chance to ride it as I've been gone so much.
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Old 06-23-2006, 09:13 AM   #23
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Great report so far....Keep it coming

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Old 06-23-2006, 09:25 AM   #24
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Great report as usual. Cant wait for the rest.



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Old 06-23-2006, 10:28 AM   #25
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Great report so far.
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Old 06-23-2006, 10:30 AM   #26
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Day 2 - The USA is a big, empty place....

Mark and I were milling about before dawn, and were ready to hit it early, thanks to a 24 hour gas station right next store. A big cup of hot coffee was just right as we packed up last night's laundry and then raced out of town.

Go west, young man.....Good advice, and we'll take it.



As we headed out on the trail, it really began to become obvious how empty the western states really are. Ever so slightly, each mile began to become a bit more arid than the one preceeding it. It was so subtle, you'd hardly notice.



The undulating hills were the only direction changes we had, as the trail would be 'curveless' for 20-30 miles at a time. Each mile presented a crossroads, something we took great delight in running at 70+mph. How many stop signs did we run? All of them. We never saw a single soul out here.





Mile after mile of alternating agricultural fields were the norm as the terrain became flatter and the trees fewer and farther between.



We diverted off the trail a few miles into Kansas to Hardtner for gas. As long as you like regular unleaded, you're in business. High compression bikes wouldn't be a good idea out here, as premium fuel is, well, just not available everywhere. The Husky and the XR were perfectly happy on 87 octane.

Hardtner was founded in 1886, but never really seemed to grow much. Much of the town looks as if it was still about 1908.



So long, Kansas.



Back on the trail, heading west. The miles were beginning to pile up today as we clicked through a hundred, then two hundred, then three hundred!

The trail bisected the farmer's fields, then wandered through open range land. Wide open.

Somewhere near the "Cowboy Graveyard."



We crossed the Cimmaron River, and got some gas and food in Buffalo, OK. Just ask them to make you something, as they don't seem to have any of the menu items.
Me: "I'll have chili."

Her: "We didn't make any today."

Me: "Well, I'll have the special, then."

Her: "We're out."

Me: "Let's make this easier for both of us. What do you recommend?"

Her: "I'll bring you something."

Me: "Great!"
Mark was laughing at this exchange, but the cheeseburger and homemade fries were excellent.



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Old 06-23-2006, 10:30 AM   #27
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Old 06-23-2006, 10:31 AM   #28
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Enjoying the report already!

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Old 06-23-2006, 10:47 AM   #29
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Day 2 - The afternoon....

It was chilly at dawn when we left Newkirk, but it was downright HOT now. Maybe low 90's, but the humidity was dropping off. And the sagebrush began to take over the landscape.



We'd been in the saddle since 0600, and we've covered over 300 miles already today. There's nowhere to go but further west to find a bed and a roof.



Although we had minimal camping gear - really just stuff to survive a night - we were planning to fleabag motel it every night. That way, we could leave another 10lbs of gear at home and lighten the load for ourselves and the bikes. Light and fast is the way we want to be.

At 393 miles for the day , we called it quits. The sun was setting, I was out of water, the bikes needed fuel, and we were dusty, stinky and hungry.
Hola Boise City, OK. We were about 25 miles from the New Mexico border! Two days of balls out riding got us across Oklahoma. The bikes have been holding up well, but Mark's Teraflex is showing some wear. Will we make Moab on it? That's the plan.......

Unfortunately, there were no motel rooms available in Boise City that night.

There was a high school reunion going on, as well as a rodeo. Despite that, I managed to talk our way into a reserved room for some poor clot that was running late. It only had one bed, but I didn't care. I was tired enough to sleep on a bed of nails with a broken beer bottle for a pillow.



Mmmm....an ice cold Tecate, a shower, a thunderstorm, TexMex dinner with the rodeo cowboys and an unusually surly waitress, and then time to hit the floor.



Day two grinds to a halt - we'd covered Oklahoma in two days of riding.

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Old 06-23-2006, 10:50 AM   #30
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This is fun. My wife reads novels, I read this stuff. I know this has gotta be better, but I'm not telling her. That way I don't have to take turns on the computer. Keep it coming. Thanks for letting us tag along.
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