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Old 05-20-2013, 02:13 PM   #46
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Came across this cool bridge.








Can anyone tell me what this is? From what I could tell, it’s made from a bunch of PVC pipes, spanned across the water. Doesn’t really seem strong enough to keep things from flowing downstream into the bridge.

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Old 05-20-2013, 02:23 PM   #47
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It had been over an hour out riding now, so I thought it was snack time. In the haste of my leaving earlier, I realized that I hadn't even eaten breakfast. I found a shady spot by a country church, pretty much in the middle of nowhere.



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Old 05-20-2013, 02:24 PM   #48
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Another one lane, wooden bridge.

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Old 05-20-2013, 02:25 PM   #49
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Some of the roads were pretty small, which makes for even better riding!



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Old 05-20-2013, 02:26 PM   #50
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I had my doubts about getting through this area when I was looking on Google maps. I figured I’d give it a try though because there was a water crossing up ahead that I was interested to see how it would be, hoping for getting my boots wet. :) It would be quite a ways to route around too (which I hadn’t already figured out), but I’d just wing it, if so.



After seeing this gated off, I abandoned my tracks for the day, deciding to continue on by finding waypoints that I had previously loaded for various places, eventually making my way homewards.

I stopped for some overpriced gas somewhere in Bristow I think. I typically try to find the ethanol free variety, but couldn’t find any. Oh well, I figure as long as it’s used up quickly, its harmful effects would be minimized.
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:27 PM   #51
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It’s hard to read, but according to my Garmin, this was some sort of “Waterfowl Refuge”. I couldn’t see anything but a pond from the road though. Didn’t see any “fowl” either.


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Old 05-20-2013, 02:29 PM   #52
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I think this area was all part of the Heyburn Lake WMA. Some really nice riding in this area.



I found a trail that seemed to lead over towards some water. No signs posted to keep out, so I went in to check it out.



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Old 05-20-2013, 02:31 PM   #53
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Yet another single lane, wooden bridge. The sign is obviously a popular target for the locals.

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Old 05-20-2013, 02:34 PM   #54
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More WMA signage. I’m actually headed to Heyburn Lake State Park now. I didn’t even know it existed and sadly enough, it’s not even that far from home.



The entry of the state park was lined with evergreens of some sort (I’m no tree expert). I’m reminded how much I love this smell and can’t wait to ride the TAT into Colorado some day. I’ve ridden through the rockies on a street bike many years ago, and will never forget how enjoyable it was.



Several people were swimming, and not only desperate kids! Actually I walked down to the water to feel it and it wasn’t half bad. Looks like some fairly nice camping spots in the park as well. Several signs indicated hiking and equestrian trails in the area, and there were several vehicles with empty trailers parked there, as well as a few people with backpacks who had either just finished a hike or were getting ready to head out.



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Old 05-20-2013, 02:36 PM   #55
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Lake Sahoma, northwest of Sapulpa. I’m guessing that a lot of these roads would not be passable when we’ve had a lot of rain, and as you can kind of see, the water was nearly up to the shoulder of the road.





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Old 05-20-2013, 02:37 PM   #56
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Right next to Lake Sahoma is Pretty Water Lake. It’s a nice, little area. This was my last, planned stop for the day, so I savored the moment for a few minutes before jumping in the saddle to make my way home.



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Old 05-20-2013, 02:39 PM   #57
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I got home, removed my electronics, tank bag, etc., changed into something cooler and then cleaned up Roxy before putting her back in the stall.

Overall it was a great ride. I didn’t get arrested for trespassing, Roxy didn’t take any unexpected naps, and I’m learning to enjoy riding alone more - something I didn’t think was all that fun to start with. I realize that there are times like this, when I unexpectedly have a few hours to spare, that it usually won’t be feasible to call someone to go riding at the drop of a hat. Riding is riding, and it’s always fun to ride with a friend or in a small group, but not necessary! I know summer is upon us now too, and unfortunately my riding will be more and more limited because of the heat. For this ride, at about 93°F, I discovered that this was pretty close to my outer bounds of comfort. Maybe a couple more degrees, but I’d definitely need to keep moving for the air flow.

I’ll post the GPS screen shot of my trip stats later.
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:40 PM   #58
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Here's a final picture I took along the way. I thought it was an appropriate place to post it.

Thanks for stopping by!
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:33 PM   #59
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Ride stats for the day...

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Old 05-23-2013, 08:38 PM   #60
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i think that the pvc is just to let water and debris through, but keep cattle from wanting to go through that area. creeks are hard to fence over.

btw i'm really enjoying the reports. keep them coming.
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