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Wagoner (pronounced wag-ner) Oklahoma

Hank – We stopped at Hurts Donuts to fuel up for today’s ride. We were going 35 miles to Coweta, Oklahoma where we would eat and then decide if we were staying or continuing to Wagoner. The unknown factor in this was the wind. We have strong winds from the north for two days.

The donuts were slathered in icing, which I don’t care for. I got a chocolate cake donut with Rocky Road topping and a red velvet cake donut that had a bunch of icing. I scraped the icing off both. The donut shop has a clever decor. There are several old and famous photos on the wall. They added Hurts Donuts in one or more places on each photo. I got a kick out of the labels on the restrooms. The men’s room has a maple bar on the door. The women’s room has a donut on the door.

We left downtown and headed for the River Parks East Trail, which follows the Arkansas River south of Tulsa and darned if we didn’t find Cry Baby Hill. It was slightly disappointing. I was surprised to see how short it was. Doomsday Hill in Spokane is way more daunting. The River Parks Trail has bicycle and pedestrian paths either physically separate or marked separate so the two things of traffic are kept apart. Several roadies passed us by and a few commuters and roadies were coming into town. Kathy, ever the Goodwill ambassador, greeted every runner and cyclist.

We followed the trail to where it intersects with the Creek Turnpike Trail, which turns east. We followed that trail to where it connects to the Liberty Trail, which took us south and east. All in all we had about 23 miles of paved bike trail. How awesome is that? The downside was that all the climbs were steep even though they were mostly short. On the plus side, we were either riding with the wind or protected from it.

After exiting the trail we followed county roads south and east to Coweta. There was no shoulder but traffic was light and accommodating.

We were pretty hungry and had our sights set on Dixie’s Cafe. We were very happy with our choice. Dixie’s is a family-owned restaurant. Dixie emphasizes faith, food, and family. They have unusual serving dishes and glasses. My iced tea and Kathy’s lemonade came in one quart measuring cups. Kathy’s hamburger and fries came on a round metal plate. My omelette and home fries were served on a rectangular metal tray. The salt and pepper shakers were large enough to require filling maybe once a year. All the food is from scratch, so my toast was home-baked bread. My meal was delicious. All of the staff were the nicest people.

From Coweta we only had 15 miles left to the hotel in Wagoner. We were now back on OK Hwy 51. We had plenty of shoulder most of the way but we were also more exposed to the wind. The climbs were more gradual, which was nice but we did a lot of leaning against the sidewind. It was a lot of work. Along the way we found a Cherokee Nation license plate in great condition. Sweet! I was hoping I could get a tribal nation plate to make a guitar with.

After checking in and cleaning up we walked all our dirty clothes to the laundromat. Then we hit the Walmart to resupply and get something for a light dinner.

Kathy – Today’s 50-mile ride was easy at times and challenging at others. The temps were in the low 50’s to low 60’s throughout the day but it felt much cooler with the winds and partly cloudy skies. Yes, the winds continued to show us their presence in this part of the U.S. We had sustained winds at 20 mph and gusts at 35 mph. Those winds were whipping today!

There were a few times today where I thought for sure the wind gusts were going to knock me and my bike over. Lucky my strong grip on the handle bars and quick pedaling while maneuvering the bike’s steering helped to avoid any falls. I did not like the miles and miles of steep inclines with the heavy bike. I did them but I had to really work for them. Not my favorite part of the day. I was happy we chose to go the longer distance today…and I’m happy it’s over too. 😅

We got a cheap hotel and walked in the crazy winds to the laundromat a little over a half mile away. Once we were done with laundry and took it back to the hotel we then walked to Walmart to pick up a few dehydrated meals, bananas and things for the road. We also picked up some salad stuff and veggies for dinner. I think we got our exercise in for the day…a 50 mile windy and hilly bike ride and about four miles of walking. I’m calling it good for the day. Looking forward to relaxing now. 😊

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Tulsa Tourists

Hank – We tried to sleep in but neither of us got a good night’s sleep. You’d think that wouldn’t be a problem since we have nearly all the comforts of home in the hotel but it happens. We relaxed during the morning and then headed out for lunch and a walkabout in the Arts District in the downtown area. After lunch we walked around the area for a while. Murals plaster a lot of the available wall space.

We checked out the Philbrook Downtown, an art museum. It had some interesting exhibits. The chalk drawing of Artic ice and ocean was really cool. It fills a wall that is about 70 feet long and maybe 16 feet high. You can’t take a picture of the whole thing without a wide angle lens. It will be erased when its time is up. There was also a lot of Native American art. And a video connecting 88 scans of core ice drilled in Greenland going down over 3000 feet. The video lasts 4-1/2 hours. We didn’t stay for the whole show.

We stopped in at the Guitar House so I could pick up a tuner. I’ve been tuning my ukulele by ear and it sounds like it. Blecchh! We met Ty who manages the shop. When he found out we were from out of town he asked if we wanted a free t-shirt. They like to give t-shirts with the store name on the front to people as a form of advertising. Sure, we said. I also chatted with Ty about microphones and amplifiers. I explained what my plans were for playing and singing and he gave me some recommendations. I noted them down. He said I could call him up once I get back home and we could work out a deal. I’ll make sure I ask for him when I do that.

Ty also mentioned that this area is exploding in popularity. It looks that way, too. There are lots of shops and restaurants. Old buildings are being revitalized. And there’s some new construction, too. We met Casey at a shop where we picked up a couple of decorative items to send home. He thought our adventure was pretty cool and wished us well. He told us about the Tulsa Tough, a local three-day cycling event, and how he lives near Crybaby Hill, the slowest and steepest part of the course that has a great history. Kathy’s not keen on doing the Tulsa Tough.

There’s a baseball field nearby where the local minor league team, the Tulsa Drillers, play. It reminded me of Avista Field in Spokane where the Spokane Indians are hosted.

We walked to the Post Office where we sent home the stuff we bought along with some of Kathy’s clothing that she no longer wants to haul around the country.

We had a late but pleasant dinner at the hotel’s restaurant and then looked at our plans for tomorrow, which involve high winds coming from the north for the next two days. Does the wind ever blow at less than 20 mph in Oklahoma?

Kathy – Hank pretty much explained our day nicely. We relaxed in the morning. Then we did a lot of walking the rest of the day exploring Tulsa, Oklahoma’s museums, shops, restaurants, and viewing the downtown buildings architecture and the many artistic sculptures and paintings about. It was good to spend today walking rather than riding. It was a relaxing day off. 😊

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