According to family legend, he became ill and was not able to head off to claim a parcel when the gun went off. However, he did eventually head into the unassigned lands, and found a nice parcel, which was being held by another man. He agreed to purchase the other man's stake for $10. So, instead of being a "Sooner" - someone who jumped the gun and entered the territory ahead of the official start time - I suggested that her great grandfather was a "Later"! In any case, the land is still in the family. Lou and Hal live in the home that her father built (and where she was raised), and just down the road, a cousin lives in the home her grandfather built. Thus her Oklahoma roots run deep.
|That front is the cause of our north winds|
For the first time in a long time, we had a blowout. This came right after we stopped to pick up our miracle click-stand. It had fallen off the front pannier, where I was always a bit anxious about it. No harm done to it, but had we been descending at a rapid pace, it could have been a long way back to retrieve it. Or we might not have noticed that we had lost it, which would have broken my heart. In any case, I will be in charge of securing it from now on.
|Thankful it was unharmed!|
What's it like to ride on the old Route 66? Most of the old sections of the road are concrete. The surface is fairly good, but the cracks between the sections are bad. If you are not attentive and drift over (or get blown!) it could be serious. When the surface has been degraded, it's paved over with asphalt. This is particularly the case in the low places - i.e., the bottoms of the descents. Pretty much every bridge or low place must have been washed out at some point, because they are almost always paved over with the asphalt. Which is too bad, because it means you really have to watch your descent in order not to have a high-speed smack into one of the asphalt bumps (the repairs are not exactly smooth). Other than these old segments, we spend a lot of time off the side of the highway, on the frontage road. The old road probably wound around here and there, while the Interstate takes a very straight path. So we cross it every 3 or 4 miles to stay with the old route.
|Have to watch for cracks|
|Cotton boll on a rocket - cool!|
In the towns, every business seems to post with pride the Route 66 emblem. And there are lots of the old inns and motels everywhere - most of them in sad states of decay and desertion. But they still have those great signs! I love the arrows and swooping sense of motion they convey. And a few of them are still offering lodging.
|Just the sign left here|
|More arrows - still in operation|
|Loved this one, and it's still in operation|
The day's report: Weatherford to Sayre, 65.4 miles/8105 to date
Our routes lately are pretty boring! Just a straight line west.